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by Paul on 06/08/14 at 02:21 PM ET
KINGS RALLY YET AGAIN TO TAKE 2-0 SERIES LEAD
Kings captain Dustin Brown tipped a Willie Mitchell shot past Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist at 10:26 of the second overtime period to give the Kings a 5-4 comeback victory and 2-0 series lead in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final. Brown scored his first playoff overtime goal and fifth game-winner in 73 career postseason games.
Notes on the Kings' latest comeback:
* The Kings, who rebounded from deficits of 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2, are the first team in NHL history to win three consecutive playoff games it trailed by two goals. They also trailed the Blackhawks 2-0 in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final (5-4 OT win) and the Rangers 2-0 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final (3-2 OT win).
* The Kings recorded their fourth multi-goal comeback victory in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time any team posted as many such wins in one playoff year was in 1987, when the Flyers earned five such victories.
* The Kings fell behind 2-0 for the fifth time in their past nine games. They improved to 4-1 in those games.
* Game 2 marked the 15th multi-goal comeback victory of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, extending the single-year postseason record.
* The Kings are the first team to hold a 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final after not holding a lead in either of the first two games. The only other time this has happened at any point in the Stanley Cup Playoffs was in 1951, when the Canadiens defeated the Red Wings 3-2 in quadruple-overtime and 1-0 in triple-overtime en route to a 4-2 Semifinal series win.
* The Kings have not led in their past 229:15, a span covering four games. Their most recent lead ended when the Blackhawks tied the score at 11:34 of the third period in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Kings are just the third team in Stanley Cup Final history to win consecutive games in which they trailed by at least two goals, following the Flyers in Games 5 and 6 on May 26 and 28, 1987 versus Edmonton (lost in seven games) and the Red Wings in Games 6 and 7 on Apr. 22 and 23, 1950 versus the Rangers (won in seven games).
* The winning team has led for fewer than 60 seconds of game action in five of the past eight Stanley Cup Final games:
2013 Stanley Cup Final, Game 1: Chicago led 0:00 (Chi 4, Bos 3, 3OT)
2013 Stanley Cup Final, Game 2: Boston led 0:00 (Bos 2, Chi 1, OT)
2013 Stanley Cup Final, Game 6: Chicago led 0:59 (Chi 3, Bos 2).
2014 Stanley Cup Final, Game 1: Los Angeles led 0:00 (LA 3, NYR 2, OT)
2014 Stanley Cup Final, Game 2: Los Angeles led 0:00 (LA 5, NYR 4, 2OT)
* The Kings overcame a 4-2 deficit in the third period to tie the game before winning in overtime. This is the second consecutive Stanley Cup Final that has featured a two-goal, third-period comeback -- the Blackhawks rebounded from a 3-1 deficit in the third period to defeat Boston 4-3 in triple-overtime in Game 1 of the 2013 Final.
* Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Final have required overtime for an unprecedented third consecutive year (2012: LA-NJ, 2013: CHI-BOS). Prior to 2012, it had been 61 years since the opening two contests of a Stanley Cup Final went to extra time.
* Game 2 marked just the eighth win by a home team in the last 28 overtime games in the Stanley Cup Final (dating to 1990).
* There now have been 25 total overtime games in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (out of 90 contests, 27.8%). Home teams recorded their 11th victory in those games (11-14, .440).
* The 25 overtime games in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs is three short of the record 28 set in 1993. The only other years with more than 25: 2013 (27) and 2001 (26).
* The Kings improved to 4-2 in overtime games this postseason. The Rangers fell to 2-3.
* The Kings played their fourth overtime game in their past five outings, while the Rangers went to extra time for the fourth time in their last six games.
* This is the second consecutive season that a game in the Stanley Cup Final featured multiple overtimes. In 2013, Chicago defeated Boston 4-3 in triple-overtime of Game 1.
* At 90:26, Game 2 was the second-longest game in Kings history. It fell 1:14 short of Game 5 of the 2013 Western Conference Final at Chicago (91:40).
KEY PLAYER NOTES
* Kings forward Justin Williams earned assists on the team's first three goals, increasing his postseason points total to 23 (eight goals, 15 assists). Williams, who set a single-game high for playoff assists, posted his third consecutive and League-leading seventh overall multi-point game of the postseason. He is tied for second in NHL playoff scoring with teammate Jeff Carter (9-14--23). Williams and Carter are two points behind League leader Anze Kopitar (5-20--25). Williams has set career highs for goals, assists and points in a single playoff year.
* Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (1-1--2) extended his assist/point streak to five games (1-6—7). He is the first Rangers defenseman to register a five-game assist streak in the playoffs since James Patrick in 1992. McDonagh now has points in seven of his past eight contests (3-10—13), including four multi-point performances.
* Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell recorded 1-1--2, including a power-play goal in the second period. Mitchell now has two power-play goals in 86 career playoff games. He has zero in 795 career regular-season contests. It also marked his first overall playoff goal since April 11, 2012 at Vancouver.
* Kings forward Marian Gaborik scored the game-tying goal in the third period, his League-leading 13th tally of the postseason. Gaborik is two goals shy of tying Wayne Gretzky's single-year playoff franchise record set in 1993.
LEADING TRENDS IN THE STANLEY CUP FINAL
* The all-time series record of home teams sweeping Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Final is 32-3 (.914), but two of those losses have come in the last five years: the Red Wings won the first two games at home in 2009 before ultimately losing to the Penguins in seven games, while the Canucks won the opening two games at home in 2011 before eventually falling to the Bruins in seven contests.
* The only other time the home team has won the first two games of the Final but did not ultimately win the Stanley Cup was in 1971, when the Blackhawks took a 2-0 series lead before losing to the Canadiens in seven games.
* Teams winning Game 2 have gone on to hoist the Stanley Cup 74.3% of the time since the Final went to the best-of-seven format in 1939 (55-of-74 series), including eight of the past 11 occasions.
* Forty-eight teams have taken a 2-0 series lead since the Stanley Cup Final went to the best-of-seven format in 1939. Of those clubs, 43 (89.9%) have gone on to claim the Stanley Cup, including the 2012 Kings in the most recent such occurrence.
DON'T BLINK: TEAMS SCORE FASTEST TWO GOALS IN FINAL SINCE 1947
The Kings and Rangers scored 11 seconds apart in the second period, marking the fastest two goals in Stanley Cup Final in 67 years. Willie Mitchell scored for Los Angeles at 14:39, followed by Derick Brassard for New York at 14:50. The Stanley Cup Final record for fastest two goals by both teams is 10 seconds, accomplished twice (Apr. 5, 1936, Toronto at Detroit and Apr. 12, 1947, Montreal at Toronto).
Game 2 featured a total of 110 face-offs (LA 56, NYR 54), 101 hits (NYR 51, LA 50), 82 shots on goal (LA 44, NYR 38) and 40 blocked shots (20 each). The length of the game in real time was 4 hours, 10 minutes… The Kings' Drew Doughty led all players in ice time with 41:41. Ryan McDonagh paced the Rangers with 37:48… New York's Martin St. Louis tallied his 40th career playoff goal at 11:24 of the second period. St. Louis is the 12th active player to reach the milestone (85 GP)… With the primary assist on St. Louis' goal, Derek Stepan now has 3-7—10 in his last nine appearances… The Rangers opened the scoring for the 15th time in their 22 postseason games, dropping to 10-5 in those games… The Rangers outscored the Kings 2-0 in the first period, improving their goal differential in the opening frame to +14 during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (25-11)… The Kings scored three-plus goals for the eighth consecutive game. They lead the NHL with 81 goals in the postseason, an average of 3.52 per game (2.42 average during the regular season)… Down 4-2 entering the third period, the Kings scored a pair of goals to force overtime. The Kings improved their third-period goal differential to +13 in 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (29-16)… The Kings recorded their League-leading third victory of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs when trailing after 40 minutes (3-7)… The Rangers suffered their first loss in the 2014 postseason when leading after two periods (10-1)… The Kings improved to 16-5 in their last 21 home playoff games (dating to June 11, 2012), including wins in five of their past six.
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