LOS ANGELES – The comeback Kings did it again in the Stanley Cup Final, and this one was doubly impressive.
Captain Dustin Brown redirected Willie Mitchell’s shot 10:26 into the second overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings outlasted the New York Rangers 5-4 Saturday night to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Marian Gaborik tied the score with 12:24 left in regulation for the Kings, who rallied from another two-goal deficit in their latest exhibition of clutch comeback hockey.
Rallying from a two-goal deficit for the fourth time in their last five games, they are halfway to a series victory and their second Stanley Cup championship in three years.
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“It’s not the place we want to be, to have to climb out all the time,” said Mitchell, who also scored his first playoff goal in more than two years. “Sooner or later, it is going to bite you. I guess that’s the great part about it, is we find a way to battle back. We’ve got some work to do again.”
Game 3 is Monday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.
In their third straight overtime game, the Kings traded scoring chances with New York during two tense overtime periods before Mitchell teed up a long shot.
Brown deflected the puck under Henrik Lundqvist’s glove arm, ending the longest Final game in Rangers history and nearly the longest playoff game in Kings history.
“You want to create what we call noise there,” Mitchell said. “Hank plays so deep in his net, and if you can get some traffic and throw some pucks at the net when a guy plays deep like that, sometimes you’re lucky enough to get one past a world-class goalie.”
The Kings are making their own remarkable brand of noise. They haven’t led in regulation in any of their past three games, going to overtime each night.
“When you play five periods, the difference is not very big between winning and losing,” said Lundqvist, who made 39 saves, compared with 34 for Jonathan Quick of the Kings. “We came up short, and now we have to go back to New York and turn this thing around.
“You don’t have a choice. You have to move on.”