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Jeff Z. Klein: Kings Again Take the Lead Only When Necessary: At the End

It was the third straight year that the first two games of the Stanley Cup finals had gone to overtime. Before that, it had not happened for 61 years.

Andrew Knoll: Kings’ Resilience Rests, Quietly, With Jonathan Quick

If Quick has been scrutinized at times during the Kings’ latest run to the finals, that has largely been because of his preternatural performance in their last one, when the Kings won the Stanley Cup as the bottom-seeded team in the Western Conference.


Peter Botte: Stanley Cup Final: NY Rangers drop second straight to Kings on Dustin Brown deflection in 2OT loss

Former Ranger Marian Gaborik then tied it at 7:36 from the slot following another costly turnover by the Rangers. McDonagh, who scored and assisted on the Rangers’ first two goals, coughed up the puck following a collision with teammate Derek Stepan.

Pat Leonard: Stanley Cup Final: NY Rangers series deficit dampens Game 3 Garden homecoming

If there’s a worse feeling, it’s the realization that the Blueshirts now need four wins in five games to topple the mighty Kings. It’s tough not to see this as insurmountable, even if Alain Vigneault unfortunately has experience with losing a two-game lead in a Final, when his Vancouver Canucks coughed up a 2-0 advantage to the Boston Bruins in 2011.


Steve Zipay: Lead squandered, Rangers just can’t cash in on big chances in 2-OT loss to Kings

Teams that win the first two games of the Final at home are 33-3 to win the series. But they are 16-20 in Game 3.

Arthur Staple: For Rangers, this was tough to take

The Kings have led on only the final scoresheets of both games, just to rub more salt in the wounds of a spent group of Rangers. In 64:36 in Game 1 and 90:26 in Game 2 — just over 21/2 hours — the Rangers led by two goals on four different occasions and have nothing to show for it.


Brett Cyrgalis: Rangers lose heartbreaker in double OT, now in 2-0 hole

But if something has been made clear through the first two games of this series, it’s that the Rangers have not faced any team even remotely close to the caliber and resiliency of the Kings.

Zach Braziller: Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist fumes at no-call on late goal

Lundqvist said he was told by officials the shot was by him by the time contact with King was made, which he questioned, saying, “I don’t buy that.”

Larry Brooks: Three two-goal leads and many mistakes later, Rangers in hole

It’s difficult to believe Lundqvist could play so well and still yield five goals, yet that was his fate on a night when the Rangers could not clear the front of the crease and could not tie up men or sticks in front.

Jim Cerny: Rangers Drop Game Two of Stanley Cup Final 5-4 in Double Overtime

The Rangers had the better of the play during the first overtime, outshooting Los Angeles 8-6, and more importantly possessing the puck much more and generating the better scoring chances.

Pierre LeBrun: Hard to kill cockroach Kings

The Kings have been shaky in their own zone, given up the kind of chances they’re just not used to giving up. They’ve shown great character once again early in this Cup finals, but it’s not typical Kings hockey.

Scott Burnside: Rangers watch another win slip away

Here was a game that needed to be won — appeared to be won — and then, somehow, excruciatingly, was lost.

Craig Custance: Lundqvist ticked at goal interference

Making it worse for Lundqvist, Rangers forward Benoit Pouliot got a two-minute penalty in the second period for interfering with Jonathan Quick, a call Lundqvist didn’t like.

Katie Strang: Kreider looks refocus after OT misses

Kreider, whose speed, size and strength has added a dangerous dynamic to the Rangers’ offense this entire spring, had arguably the best of the first overtime period, when he faced Quick on a breakaway at 16:22 of the frame.

Dan Rosen: Kings complete Game 2 rally with 2OT goal by Brown

Although the Rangers felt they played better than they did in Game 1, when they blew a 2-0 lead and lost 3-2 on Williams’ OT winner, there was a sense of frustration in their dressing room.

Dan Rosen: For Rangers, frustration must give way to focus

They have a six-hour flight home Sunday and can spend it staring in the mirror, because no matter what they thought of King’s goal, that wasn’t the difference Saturday and it’s not the reason they now face the gargantuan task of having to beat the Kings four times in five games.

Shawn Roarke: Quick’s save gave Kings chance to win Game 2

The save on Richards was also a personal turning point for Quick, who stopped all 10 shots he faced after allowing Derick Brassard to score the Rangers’ fourth goal.


Evan Sporer: Rangers vs. Kings Game 2 recap: Dustin Brown wins it in double overtime as Kings go up 2-0

For the second time that game—and for the second time in as many games—the Rangers had a two goal lead. But as has been the case for the Rangers, and Los Angeles, the Kings erased the multi-goal deficit.

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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.