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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.