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Jeff Z. Klein: Kings Climb Out of Hole as Rangers Fall Into One

The Kings had many more shots on goal than the Rangers, but the shot-attempt totals were close to even: 64-63 in favor of the Kings.

Andrew Knoll: With a Flair for the Dramatic, Doughty Fuels the Stoic Kings

Doughty’s lack of recognition could also be attributed to a bit of East Coast bias, but he has been miscast and underrated even in Los Angeles.


Peter Botte: Stanley Cup Final: NY Rangers lose Game 1 to Kings in overtime, Dan Girardi’s turnover leads to winner

Early in overtime, however, Girardi stumbled while back-skating after the puck took a weird hop off his stick in the defensive zone, and his soft clearance attempt from one knee was intercepted along the wall just inside the blue line by Mike Richards.

Pat Leonard: Stanley Cup Final: NY Rangers show speed they need vs. Kings but fade at Game 1 finish

The Blueshirts somehow are going to have to muster their start to Game 1 and more as this series continues. Otherwise, the most memorable part of the franchise’s first Final appearance in 20 years will be the five hype-filled days they spent waiting for it to begin.


Brett Cyrgalis: Rangers drop Game 1 in overtime after blowing two-goal lead

When these two teams reconvene for Game 2 on Saturday, there will be some good the Rangers can take from this performance — almost all of it in the opening period. That’s when they staked themselves to a 2-0 lead behind goals from Benoit Pouliot and Carl Hagelin, then watched as the Kings, this group of seemingly eternal resilience, began to push back.

Brett Cyrgalis: Even three seven-game series can’t tire out Kings

Defenseman John Moore has now completed his two-game suspension, and will be eligible to return for Game 2 on Saturday night. With Raphael Diaz doing an admirable job in his place, Vigneault will have a decision to make on who to play.


Steve Zipay: Rangers lose Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final in overtime

Hagelin, the Rangers’ best player besides Lundqvist, said the Blueshirts, who had 27 shots on Quick, overpassed.

Arthur Staple: Rangers played Kings even up through three periods … but oh, that overtime

The Kings didn’t get here by rolling over, of course, so the 2-0 deficit after Hagelin’s short-handed goal was merely a speed bump, not a wall. And the third period was not exactly what the Rangers wanted.

Jim Cerny: Rangers Drop Game One Heartbreaker In Overtime, 3-2

Eighteen Rangers made their Stanley Cup Final debut–including backup goaltender David LeNeveu who dressed in the place of the injured Cam Talbot. The only two Rangers with prior Finals experience who played Wednesday night were 2004 Stanley Cup champions Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis.

Pierre LeBrun: Big-game Williams does it again

And that’s just it about these Los Angeles Kings: They can score at will, it seems, to the tune of 3.46 goals per game in these playoffs, tops in the NHL. These are not your 2012 Kings who made the 2-1 victory a staple of their championship journey.

Scott Burnside: Series already tilted in Kings’ favor

The Kings out-hit the Rangers 45-33. Rangers defenseman Marc Staal admitted his squad wasn’t used to the heaviness of the Kings’ forecheck.

Craig Custance: Angry Doughty makes up for gaffe

Angry Drew Doughty eventually made up for the error with a second-period goal that will be Exhibit A if he ends up winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Katie Strang: Lundqvist plays lights out in Game 1 loss

Heralded as the one reason the Rangers might have a chance of preventing a lopsided series, Lundqvist made 20 saves in the third. He held his team in it and preserved a 2-2 draw until the end of regulation, even with the Kings awarded a power play in the final 1:36 of play.

Dan Rosen: Williams goal in OT gives Kings Game 1 win

The Kings also won in overtime in Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final against the New Jersey Devils (2-1); they won that series in six games. Los Angeles has won six straight series after taking a 1-0 series lead.

Dan Rosen: Rangers rue missed opportunities in Game 1 loss

When Staal talks about how the Rangers could have played better, he’s talking about the third period, which was a nightmare for New York but not a costly one because of the play of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who faced 20 shots in that 20 minutes and stopped them all.

Corey Masisak: Kings win opener without their ‘A’ game

The process of cleaning up their issues began in the final 20 minutes of regulation. Los Angeles put together a period of dominant even-strength hockey that exceeded anyone’s expectation of how 5-on-5 play could go in this series when the Kings are rolling.


Evan Sporer: Rangers vs. Kings Game 1 recap: New York squanders two-goal lead as Kings win in overtime

As far as other Rangers who stood out, McDonagh played a strong game at both ends of the ice, while Hagelin’s speed was again on display and effected the game. Rick Nash also was very involved, registering three shots on goal, and winning puck battles in the offensive zone.

Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.