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Kings master the rope-a-dope again, win 5-4 in double OT

That was most certainly intriguing. For the second consecutive game, the Los Angeles Kings surrendered a 2-0 lead; for the second consecutive game, the Kings forced overtime, overcoming both the Rangers' relentless attack and their own defensive mistakes (Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene did not have the best nights in their own end); and for the second consecutive game, the Los Angeles Kings persevered and prevailed, with Dustin Brown tipping Willie Mitchell's shot past Henrik Lundqvist 10:26 into the second OT period.

Los Angeles prevails 5-4, and now the series gets interesting: both teams will have to try to get their players to bed sooner than later as 9 AM Pacific Daylight Time flights are on the Sunday docket, and the teams will play three games in five nights, so we may see the kind of mental fatigue that played into tonight's score leak its way into regulation time action.

Justin Williams had 3 assists, Willie Mitchell had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Quick stopped 34 shots for LA; Derik Brassard, Mats Zuccarello and Ryan McDonagh had 1-goal-and-1-assist games for the Rangers, Rick Nash had 8 shots, and Henrik Lundqvist (who may or may not have issued a Dustin Brown-style dive at one point--quite a bit of diving in this series!) stopped 39 for New York.

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Hootinani's avatar

Not sure how playtime results in being the odds on favorite for MVP, especially since Doughty made very little impact on game 2 with all that time.  Willie Mitchell played 36+ minutes, and actually made a difference at both ends of the ice.

And while Im all for LA winning this thing, King’s goal was interference all the way.  He was in the crease of his own volition, trying to squeeze between Lunqvist and McDonough for better net front positioning when Lunquist ran into him trying to make the save.  But officiating has been a gong show all playoffs, picking and choosing where to make calls instead just calling the game as its played.

Posted by Hootinani on 06/08/14 at 10:13 AM ET

Iggy_Rules's avatar

I am with you on the officiating, Hoot. I really would like them to call the games consistently.

Thanks for the post-game wrap up, Geore.

Posted by Iggy_Rules from Calgary, Canada on 06/08/14 at 11:13 AM ET

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