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Jeff Z. Klein: Lundqvist’s 40 Saves Give Rangers a Shot

The victory also set an N.H.L. record. The Rangers have won eight straight home games when facing playoff elimination, breaking the mark they shared with the Detroit Red Wings and the Montreal Canadiens.

Allan Kreda: Kings Head Home Empty-Handed but Hoping for Redemption

Wave after wave, the Kings’ prolific scorers were denied by Lundqvist as Los Angeles, playing its 25th game of the postseason, tried to knot the score and force overtime for the third time in this series.


Peter Botte: Stanley Cup Final: NY Rangers stay alive, beat Kings to avoid sweep, send series back to L.A.

Vigneault didn’t reinsert formerly suspended winger Dan Carcillo, but he did switch up his line combinations while demoting Brad Richards — a healthy scratch for the final two games against Boston last spring — to the fourth unit after some increasingly shaky play earlier in the series.

Wayne Coffey: Stanley Cup Final: NY Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist rules in third to get net result

On what could’ve been the last hockey night in New York until autumn, the Rangers found a way. And so they head west, and their hope grows by just a little.


Greg Logan: For Rangers, shaky Game 4 win provides hope

You can call it lucky, the shakiest of wins. But the Rangers see it as a first step back into the series.

Steve Zipay: Rangers stay alive by beating Kings in Game 4

As part of coach Alain Vigneault’s line shuffling after being shut out in Game 3, the pairing of Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan and St. Louis paid off in the second.

Arthur Staple: Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist is King of all Kings in Game 4 win

The Rangers were not at their best. Lundqvist was, with a little help from the slush behind him, some missed swipes by the Kings and the alertness of Anton Stralman in the first period and Stepan in the final 90 seconds.


Larry Brooks: Lundqvist, Rangers live to fight another day

The Rangers played with urgency from the get-go, dedicated to making life miserable for Jonathan Quick, the Kings goaltender who entered the match with a shutout string of 115:36 after having allowed six goals in the opening 99:25 of the series.

Steve Serby: Stralman’s goal-saving play helps Rangers hold on

Finally, the hockey gods who had been so cruel to the Rangers decided to smile on them in their hour of need.

Brett Cyrgalis: Slumping Brad Richards demoted to fourth-line duty

Richards joined a line with Brian Boyle and Derek Dorsett, a grinding line for a player who has the history as an offensive player and one-time Conn Smythe and Stanley Cup winner in 2004.

Jim Cerny: Gritty Rangers Ride 40 Lundqvist Saves to 2-1 Game Four Win

Certainly Lundqvist responded the right way, and as a result he will lead his team back into Los Angeles seeking another must-win victory which, if accomplished, would bring the Rangers home next Monday to host a very intriguing Game Six of this Stanley Cup Final.

Pierre LeBrun: Kings’ Cup party gets snowed under

Rookie winger Tanner Pearson seemingly had rocket fuel in his skates, absolutely flying Wednesday night, which is a good sign for a Kings team trying to close it out; one of their more inexperienced players didn’t look shy under the weight of his first Cup-clinching opportunity.

Katie Strang: Once again, Lundqvist answers the call

Anything short of what was an absolutely stunning effort would have ended with a loss. The Rangers’ season would have been over.

Johnette Howard: Blueshirts are better on the brink

Still, the Rangers weren’t just lucky — they played gritty, relentless, even occasionally chippy hockey. They were very good when they needed to be. And they refused to allow any demons to creep back into their heads after leaping out to a 2-0 lead only to see Kings winger Dustin Brown make their heart skip a beat when Girardi’s stick broke.

Dan Rosen: Rangers extend Final with 40 saves from Lundqvist

Lundqvist typically is better in elimination games, particularly those played at the Garden.

He improved his record to 8-0 with a .968 save percentage in his past eight elimination games at home.

Corey Masisak: Rangers live to fight another day thanks to Lundqvist

It might have been ugly at times for the Rangers, but it would be hard to question their resolve. They blocked 20 shots, which was partly an extension of never having the puck but also a show of their commitment to try to help Lundqvist where they could.

Tal Pinchevsky: Rangers survive Kings’ barrage to extend Final

The Rangers seemed outgunned for large stretches Wednesday, but they weren’t overly concerned with how they earned their first win of the Final, just that they got it. With Game 5 on the horizon, the reminders are everywhere of what is possible if a team believes and competes hard enough.


Evan Sporer: Rangers vs. Kings Game 4 recap: Lundqvist stops 40 as Rangers stave off elimination

The Kings pressed in the final 1:11 with six skaters out after Stepan’s heroics, but couldn’t find the back of the net, and the Rangers won their first Stanley Cup game since 1994.

Joe Fortunato: 2014 Stanley Cup Final Rangers Vs. Kings: Never Say Die Part One

For 40 minutes I loved the Rangers game. I thought they forechecked well, were physical with the Kings, got pucks (and bodies) in front of the net and broke out of their own zone well.

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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.