Top stats to know: Rangers 2, Kings 1
June, 12, 2014
By ESPN Stats & Information | ESPN.com
Al Bello/Getty ImagesThe Rangers celebrate after Benoit Pouliot scores the first goal in Game 4.
The Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist have become experts at staving off elimination this postseason, once again holding off a late surge (with a little help from the ice) to win 2-1.
Rangers don't bow to Kings
New York has won an NHL-record eight straight home playoff games when facing elimination. Its last home loss when facing elimination came in Game 6 of 2007 Eastern Conference semifinals to Sabres.
The Rangers also improved to 11-5 this postseason when scoring first and 11-1 when leading after two periods.
Lundqvist leads N.Y. back to L.A.
Lundqvist made 40 saves Wednesday night to help the Rangers force a Game 5.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, his 40 saves are the third most by a goalie in a Stanley Cup finals game when facing elimination in the last 40 years.
Since 2012, Lundqvist is 11-2 when facing elimination in the playoffs, allowing 1.3 goals per game with .959 save percentage.
Rangers jump out early again
New York improved its goal differential to +14 (26-12) this postseason in the first period.
However, during this series, the Kings have responded by scoring a goal in three minutes or fewer each time they were down 2-0 (Game 1 - 2:30 after, Game 2 - 3:00 after, Game 4 - 2:19 after).
The NHL season (and drought) continues
Thanks to the Rangers win, Game 5 will be the 93rd game of the 2014 NHL postseason, setting the record for most total games played in a single playoff year.
New York's win also marked another year without a sweep in the Stanley Cup Final. That makes 15 straight seasons without a Stanley Cup finals sweep, longest "sweep drought" in major pro sports.