New York Rangers: Jonathan Quick

LOS ANGELES -- Just call them the Comeback Kings.

For the second straight game, the Los Angeles Kings stunned the New York Rangers with a manic and frenzied come-from-behind victory, knocking off the Blueshirts with a 5-4 double overtime win to take a 2-0 series lead as both clubs head back to New York for Games 3 and 4. The Kings have not led in regulation at any point throughout the first two games of Stanley Cup finals, and yet they won both contests.

Kings captain Dustin Brown scored the winning goal, snapping a 4-4 draw in double overtime to end what was a wildly entertaining playoff match that spanned more than four hours and featured a little bit of everything.

The Rangers, who squandered a 2-0 lead in Game 1 Wednesday night, held another 2-0 lead Saturday, a 3-1 and 4-2 advantage as well, but they couldn’t shut the door on the feisty Kings.

The Kings refused to go quietly despite staring down a 4-2 deficit in the third period, but their third goal did not come without a bit of the controversy.

Dwight King tipped one in for a goal that ignited a plucky Kings squad intent on staging another comeback, but both defenseman Ryan McDonagh and Henrik Lundqvist were livid after the play, arguing with the nearest official about King’s contact with Lundqvist in the crease -- contact that they clearly felt impeded Lundqvist’s ability to make a save.

You could sense the Rangers start to unravel from there, with the Kings buzzing, the crowd getting into it, and the (dreadful) ice tilting in L.A.’s favor. So it was no surprise when leading playoff goal-scorer, and ex-Ranger Marian Gaborik tied the game at 7:36 with his 13th playoff goal this spring.

Rangers forward Chris Kreider has a pair of Grade-A chances in a enthralling overtime period, but couldn't find the back of the net.

Fast and furious: Just as they did in Game 1, the Kings made a big push in the second period. Los Angeles cut the Rangers’ 2-0 lead in half when Jarret Stoll buried the puck into an open net with Lundqvist down on his rear after making an initial save. Martin St. Louis continued his terrific spring, one-timing a shot past Jonathan Quick on the power-play to reclaim a two-goal Rangers lead -- his seventh goal of these playoffs. But when the Kings threatened again, pulling within a goal for the second time on Willie Mitchell’s man-up marker at 14:39, the Rangers made sure to snuff out the surge quickly. The Blueshirts responded in just 11 seconds with a goal from Derick Brassard to take a 4-2 lead into the third period. According to Elias Sports Bureau, that 11-second span was the quickest between two goals scored in a Stanley Cup finals game in 67 years.

Déjà vu: Stop me if this sounds familiar: Kings look sloppy with the puck (granted, the ice also appeared horrendous) and an opportunistic Rangers squad build a 2-0 first-period lead. The Rangers got on the board with defenseman Ryan McDonagh’s hard slapper from the left point at 10:48 of the first, a goal that was created by hard forechecking pressure that forced Game 1 hero Justin Williams to turn the puck over deep in his own zone. A flubbed pass from defenseman Matt Greene later in the period resulted in a sequence of scoring chances for New York that was capped by Mats Zuccarello’s rebound goal at the right post with 7:17 remaining in the period. The Rangers took a two-goal lead in Game 1, but the Kings came charging back for a 3-2 overtime win.

Surprising scratch: Though Kings coach Darryl Sutter said veteran defenseman Robyn Regehr would “probably play” and the 34-year-old himself admitted he was ready to return to the lineup after missing more than a month with a knee injury, Regehr was scratched for the second straight game this series. Though he took part in the pregame warmups, Greene remained in the starting lineup instead. Meanwhile, John Moore returned to bolster the Rangers’ back end after serving a two-game suspension for his hit on Montreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise in the Eastern Conference finals.

W2W4: Rangers vs. Kings

November, 17, 2013
At a glance: The New York Rangers are riding high after Saturday night’s rare 1-0 win against the Canadiens in Montreal. The Blueshirts return home to Madison Square Garden on Sunday night to host the Los Angeles Kings, winners of two straight. Approaching the quarter-mark of the season, both teams find themselves in eighth place of their respective conferences, with the Kings looking to wrap a four-game road trip with a win.

Not so Quick: The Kings will be without star goaltender Jonathan Quick, who is sidelined with a lower-body injury. The 27-year-old suffered a strained groin this past week and is expected to miss four to six weeks, a daunting loss for a Kings squad that has relied on his exceptional play in recent years. Ben Scrivens has since ascended to the No. 1 goaltending spot. He has recorded two straight wins since the promotion and is coming off a 26-save shutout against the New Jersey Devils on Friday.

Looking good: Bolstered by a fine performance from backup goaltender Cam Talbot on Saturday -- the 26-year-old’s first career shutout -- the Rangers continue to roll as they make up for a rough start to the season. They have won eight of their past 11 games, and have been stingy in making their way back up the Eastern Conference standings. During that span they have given up only 1.63 goals per game. That includes a stretch from Oct. 24 to Nov. 7 of nine straight games holding opponents to two goals or fewer.

Not there yet: Rick Nash had one of his best games as a Blueshirt the last time these two teams played, but the Rangers will not have him at their disposal Sunday. The injured winger has not played since suffering a concussion in the team’s deflating 9-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 8. Nash is showing significant signs of improvement, however, as he continues to skate and practice with the team. There remains no timetable for his return, but it appears possible he could return at some point this coming week. Meanwhile, Dominic Moore returned from an oblique injury and made an impact in the team’s morale-boosting win in Montreal.