Top stats to know: Rangers 2, Kings 1

June, 12, 2014
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Al Bello/Getty ImagesThe Rangers celebrate after Benoit Pouliot scores the first goal in Game 4.
The New York Rangers held on to their early 2-0 lead this time, sending the series back to California for a Game 5 against the Los Angeles Kings.

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.

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