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Rapid Reaction: Kings 3, Rangers 2 (OT)

10/7/2011

Recap | Box score | Photos

What it means: That the Rangers were relying heavily on Henrik Lundqvist in Stockholm, and for a long time the formula worked. The Kings were the more aggressive team through most of the 60 minutes and OT, but the Rangers kept it close because of their goalie's 27-save performance.

Stockholm Syndrome: Fans were ready for top-notch hockey in Sweden, and they wanted it from their favorite son. "King Henrik" provided the performance that the hometown fans desired and the atmosphere was electric throughout at the Globe Arena because of it.

Captain Crunch: Ryan Callahan was up for the challenge the Kings brought to the ice. Callahan was physical from the opening whistle right up until the final buzzer. His circus-shot-goal with 4:38 to play in the first frame brought the Rangers back even on the scoreboard, and served notice that he was the leader this evening. His 11 shots on goal lead all skaters, and he was a thorn in Jonathan Quick's side all night.

Prust in the Nick of Time: When the game fell into a bit of a stagnant phase, Brandon Prust took it upon himself to re-energize his Broadway colleagues. In a spirited scrap with the Kings' Kyle Clifford, Prust landed a big right to earn the decision and swing some momentum back New York's way.

New Kid in Town: Brad Richards wasn't a huge factor for his new club, but certainly didn't look at of place. He had lots of jump and was unlucky with some of his shots getting blocked by King defenders. He also had the second assist on the second goal. All in all a good debut from No. 19.

Friendly Fire: With the puck scrambling in his feet, Brandon Dubinsky was able to find the rubber just in time to shovel a short pass to Marian Gaborik. who made no mistake swatting home his first of the season past a bewildered Quick. It was the first time throughout the entire game that the Kings seemed to be slower than the Rangers, who took a 2-1 lead. The line of Dubinsky, Richards and Gaborik managed to take advantage at the perfect time.

Extra, Extra: With new King Mike Richards scoring the 2-2 goal for Los Angeles at 15:01 of the third, the whole Globe Arena knew what was coming. Lundqvist had carried the Rangers to overtime, while Kings sniper Anze Kopitar, with a goal and a helper, had been the most dangerous player in black through regulation.

Jack of All Trades: Though the Rangers looked good early in the extra frame, they got caught in their own end with time running down. Kopitar and Richards both had eyes for the net, but it was Jack Johnson sneaking in from the point who ended this one at 4:08 of OT.

What's next: An early practice at 10:30 a.m. at the Globe Arena, as coach John Tortorella will surely be looking for answers from his squad. It gets no easier going forward for the Rangers, as NHL MVP Corey Perry brings his Anaheim Ducks to Stockholm to finish out the NHL Premiere in Europe.