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Kings Win Stanley Cup on Martinez’s Double Overtime Goal

Kings Win Stanley Cup on Martinez’s Double Overtime Goal

Harry How/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Alec Martinez netted a game-winning goal in double overtime of Game 5 to win the Stanley Cup, 3-2, for the Los Angeles Kings. It is the second title in three years for the Kings who also won in 2012.

Los Angeles won the Cup on home ice in come-from-behind fashion, trailing the New York Rangers 2-1 after two periods. Brian Boyle scored a short-handed goal with less than thirty seconds remaining in the second period to put the Rangers on top.

Eight minutes into the third, the former Ranger Marian Gaborik tied the game with a power play goal of his own. Both teams battled through the rest of regulation and one overtime period before Martinez sent the Staples Center crowd into a frenzy.

After Tyler Toffoli had his shot saved by Henrik Lundqvist, the puck trickled its way to the stick of Martinez who was able to blast the game-winner into the back of the net. Lundqvist made 48 saves for New York, who was trying to become just the second team ever to win the Stanley Cup after losing the first three games of the series. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick stopped 28 shots in the Cup clinching win.

Justin Williams, who scored nine goals in the playoffs, was awarded the Conn Smythe trophy as the Final’s Most Valuable Player.

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Rangers Stay Alive, Top Kings 2-1 in Game 4 of Stanley Cup Final

Rangers Stay Alive, Top Kings 2-1 in Game 4 of Stanley Cup Final

Paul Bereswill/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves to help the New York Rangers stay alive by beating the Los Angeles Kings, 2-1 Wednesday night, in Game 4 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final. 

The Kings lead the best-of-seven series, 3-1.

Lundqvist was great all game, but he did receive some help from his friends. In the first period, Kings defenseman Alex Martinez’s shot got past the Rangers goalie and glided across the goal line before Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman cleared the puck from danger. Then with 1:11 left in the game, the puck once again got by Lundqvist, this time stopping dead on the goal line. A tap of the puck would have allowed the Kings to score the game-tying goal, but instead Rangers center Derek Stepan got on the ground and flicked the puck out of harm’s way, to save the Rangers’ season.

“I was just holding my breath,” Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi said. “All those guys in the crease did a great job to keep it out.”

Benoit Pouliot and Martin St. Louis both scored for the Rangers, which have now won and NHL-record eight straight home games when facing elimination.

Dustin Brown scored the lone goal for the Kings.

Game 5 is Friday in Los Angeles. The puck is scheduled to drop at 8 p.m. Eastern.

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Kings Dominate to Take 3-0 Series Lead

Kings Dominate to Take 3-0 Series Lead

Paul Bereswill/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Following three straight overtime games in the playoffs, the Los Angeles Kings made sure there would not be a fourth by defeating New York 3-0 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Kings are now one win away from their second title in three years.

“We did a lot of things the right way,” said Jonathan Quick, who stopped 32 shots in the win. “Now we get ready for the next one. The fourth one is always the most difficult.”

Los Angeles had not led once during the first two games of the Final, winning both games in overtime. That changed 0.7 seconds left in the first when Jeff Carter’s shot knocked off the skate of a diving Dan Girardi and hit the back of the net.

The Kings then added to their advantage in the second period with goals from Jake Muzzin and Mike Richards. Los Angeles has scored 11 goals in the Cup Final, all of which were scored by a different player.

New York looked for a comeback but were stonewalled each time they made an attempt on Quick. Chris Kreider had a breakaway chance just eight seconds into the third, but was stopped by the Kings goalie. Henrik Lundqvist made 12 saves for the Rangers in net.

Only four teams have ever overcome a 3-0 series deficit in NHL Playoff history. The Kings did it in the first round, rallying against San Jose. The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs are the only team to complete the feat in a Stanley Cup Final.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/9/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/9/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – NHL Stanley Cup Final: Los Angeles Kings 3 – New York Rangers 0 (Kings lead series, 3-0.)

MLB: Seattle Mariners 3 (34-29) – Tampa Bay Rays 0 (24-41)

Baltimore Orioles 4 (32-30) – Boston Red Sox 0 (28-35)

Pittsburgh Pirates 6 (30-33) – Chicago Cubs 2 (25-36)

Toronto Blue Jays 5 (39-26) – Minnesota Twins 4 (29-33)

Los Angeles Dodgers 6 (34-31) – Cincinnati Reds 2 (29-33)

Cleveland Indians 17 (33-31) – Texas Rangers 7 (31-33)

Chicago White Sox 6 (32-33) – Detroit Tigers 5 (33-27)

Atlanta Braves 3 (33-29) – Colorado Rockies 1 (29-34)

Houston Astros 4 (29-36) – Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (28-38)

Washington Nationals 9 (33-29) – San Francisco Giants 2 (42-22)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4 (35-28) – Oakland Athletics 1 (39-25)

New York Yankees (31-31) – Kansas City Royals (31-32) Postponed due to rain

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Kings Down Rangers in Overtime Again

Kings Down Rangers in Overtime Again

Harry How/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Kings rallied from multiple two-goal deficits before ultimately beating the New York Rangers in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final by a 5-4 final in double overtime. Los Angeles now owns a 2-0 series lead at the Final shifts to New York.

Dustin Brown deflected Willie Mitchell’s shot just over halfway through the second overtime period, completing another rally by the Kings. Much like Game 1, New York jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period with goals from Ryan McDonagh and Mats Zuccarello.

Despite a pair of Kings goals in the second, the Rangers held a 4-2 advantage heading into the final frame. Dwight King scored just two minutes in the third before Marian Gaborik, a former Ranger, tied the contest at 4-4 with 12:26 to play in regulation.

Both teams had chances in the first overtime, but the goaltenders stood tall and forced a second extra session. Derrick Brassard, who scored New York’s fourth goal of the night, had a chance with time expiring in the first OT but was stopped by Jonathan Quick.

Quick finished the game with 34 saves while Henrik Lundqvist stopped 39 in the loss. Game 3 will be played at Madison Square Garden on Monday night.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/7/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/7/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NHL Stanley Cup Final: Los Angeles Kings 5 – New York Rangers 4   2OT  (Kings lead series, 2-0)

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals 5 (32-31) – Toronto Blue Jays 0 (38-25)

Minnesota Twins 8 (29-31) – Houston Astros 0 (27-36)

Cleveland Indians 8 (31-31) – Texas Rangers 3 (31-31)

Seattle Mariners 7 (32-29) – Tampa Bay Rays 4 (24-39)

Colorado Rockies 5 (29-32) – Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (32-31) 10 Innings

Cincinnati Reds 6 (28-32) – Philadelphia Phillies 5 (25-35)

Milwaukee Brewers 9 (37-26) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (29-32)

Chicago Cubs 5 (25-34) – Miami Marlins 2 (32-30)

Baltimore Orioles 6 (31-29) – Oakland Athletics 3 (38-24)

Kansas City Royals 8 (30-32) – New York Yankees 4 (31-30)

Detroit Tigers 8 (33-25) – Boston Red Sox 6 (27-34)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 6 (33-28) – Chicago White Sox 5 (31-32)

San Francisco Giants 5 (41-21) – New York Mets 4 (28-34)

Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (27-37) – Atlanta Braves 3 (32-28)

San Diego Padres 4 (28-34) – Washington Nationals 3 (31-29) 11 Innings

Horse Racing: Tonalist wins the 146th Belmont Stakes. California Chrome finishes in a tie for 4th.

IndyCar: Ed Carpenter wins the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway

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Williams Scores OT Winner for Kings in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

Williams Scores OT Winner for Kings in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Justin Williams scored off a Dan Girardi turnover 4:36 into overtime to vault the Los Angeles Kings over the New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime Wednesday, in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

“Everything usually offensively starts in our zone and (Mike) Richards made a great play getting the puck out,” Williams said when describing the game-winning goal. “We screwed up a three-on-two royally and fortunately for us one of their ‘D’ men was falling and we were able to turn the puck over. I was sitting in front of the net with the puck and I was able to make a shot.”

But when the game started it was only the Rangers lighting the lamp. New York raced out to a 2-0 lead in the first period after Carl Hagelin scored a shorthanded goal. The Kings answered at the end of the first when Kyle Clifford scored his first goal of the postseason to make it 2-1.

Drew Doughty tied the game in the second period when he scored his fifth goal of the playoffs.

Then in the third period, the Kings outshot the Rangers 20-3, although no goals were scored.

“Not quite sure what happened there in the third,” Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault said. “Not sure if it was them being that good or us stopping moving the puck and skating and going north-south. They definitely took it to us in the third.”

Game 2 is Saturday in Los Angeles. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m Eastern.

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Rangers Forward Daniel Carcillo’s Suspension Reduced to Six Games

Rangers Forward Daniel Carcillo’s Suspension Reduced to Six Games

Elsa/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — New York Rangers winger Daniel Carcillo had his 10-game suspension reduced to six games, the NHL announced Tuesday. Carcillo was originally suspended 10-games for striking an NHL linesman during Game 3 of the Easter…

Alain Vigneault: “Like Our Chances” Against Kings

Alain Vigneault: “Like Our Chances” Against Kings

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(GREENBURGH, N.Y.) — The New York Rangers will play in their first Stanley Cup Finals since 1994, and coach Alain Vigneault has faith that his team can get the job done against the Los Angeles Kings.

The Kings beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago on Sunday in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals and are looking for their second Stanley Cup in the last three years.

“Even though a lot of people aren’t going to give us a chance, I like our chances,” Vigneault said on Monday. “I like our group. I like our focus. I like the way we compete.”

If the Rangers are going to take home the Cup, they’ll have to do it without home ice.

“I know L.A.’s been there before,” Vigneault continued.  “I know they’ve won before [in 2012]. I know they’ve gone to three Game 7′s [this postseason] and won them, and they just beat the defending Stanley Cup champions. I get that….But we’ve really rallied around ourselves and the opportunity [to play for the title].”

New York’s road to the finals has not been an easy one; they beat the Penguins in seven games, came back from a 3-1 deficit to the Philadelphia Flyers, and took six games to close out the Candiens in the East finals.

“I think going into Philly [in the first round], people were probably 50/50 that we’d get through that,” Vigneault said. “Going into Pittsburgh [in the Eastern Conference semifinals], I would probably say a lot more experts were picking Pittsburgh than the Rangers. And then against Montreal [in the conference finals], other than a few New York reporters, I think everybody across Canada was picking Montreal in four or five.”

Game 1 will be at the Staples Center on Wednesday night.

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Martinez’s OT Goal Lifts Kings into Stanley Cup Final

Martinez’s OT Goal Lifts Kings into Stanley Cup Final

Justin Heiman/Getty Images(CHICAGO, Ill.) — The Los Angeles Kings trailed the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 in the first period but battled back to force overtime in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals. Less than six minutes into the extra frame, Alec Martinez scored, giving the Kings a 5-4 win and sending them to their second Stanley Cup Final in three seasons.

“We’ve battled back so many times this year and so many times in these playoffs, we said, ‘Why not again today?’” said winger Justin Williams. “It was a total team effort, every single guy here giving everything they’ve got.”

Williams tied the game at 2-2 in the first period and later assisted on the game-winner, giving him 14 career points in Game 7′s, the most all-time. Los Angeles never led until Martinez’s tally in overtime. The Blackhawks took a 3-2 lead into the first intermission thanks to Patrick Sharp and again led 4-3 after two periods, courtesy of Sharp’s power play goal. Marion Gaborik knotted things up in the third with his 12th goal of the postseason.

The Kings will now face the New York Rangers, the team that traded Gaborik at the deadline in the 2012-13 season, in the Stanley Cup Final. Los Angeles won the title in 2012, their only championship in franchise history.

Corey Crawford made 27 saves in the loss, as the defending champs were ousted on home ice. 

Jonathan Quick stopped 37 shots, including one in the final seconds of regulation. Los Angeles improves to 7-0 in elimination games in the playoffs and become the first team to ever reach the Stanley Cup Final by winning three Game 7′s. The Kings and Rangers play Game 1 on Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/1/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/1/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NHL Playoffs – Eastern Conference Finals: Los Angeles Kings 5 – Chicago Blackhawks 4 OT (Kings win series, 4-3)

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 4 (34-24) – Kansas City Royals 0 (26-30)

Atlanta Braves 4 (31-25) – Miami Marlins 2 (28-28)

Minnesota Twins 7 (26-28) – New York Yankees 2 (29-26)

Cleveland Indians 6 (27-30) – Colorado Rockies 4 (28-28)

Chicago White Sox 4 (29-29) – San Diego Padres 1 (26-31)

Milwaukee Brewers 9 (34-23) – Chicago Cubs 0 (20-34)

Texas Rangers 2 (29-28) – Washington Nationals 0 (27-28)

Boston Red Sox 4 (27-29) – Tampa Bay Rays 0 (23-34)

New York Mets 4 (27-29) – Philadelphia Phillies 3 (24-30) – 11 Innings

San Francisco Giants 8 (37-20) – St. Louis Cardinals 0 (30-27)

Baltimore Orioles 9 (28-27) – Houston Astros 4 (24-34)

Seattle Mariners 4 (28-28) – Detroit Tigers 0 (31-22)

Oakland Athletics 6 (35-22) – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 (30-26)

Cincinatti Reds 4 (26-29) – Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (23-36)

Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (26-30) – Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (30-28)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Jimmie Johnson won his second consecutive race and took home the checkered flag at Dover International Speedway.

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Kane Helps Chicago Force Game Seven

Kane Helps Chicago Force Game Seven

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Patrick Kane scored the game-winning goal with less than four minutes remaining in the third as Chicago forced a decisive Game Seven in the NHL’s Western Conference Finals. Kane’s second goal of the game gave the Blackhawks a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

“There’s still not much room out there in this series,” said Kane, who also assisted on Duncan Keith’s game-tying tally. “Right now, you have to take advantage of your opportunities when you do get space.”

Los Angeles took the lead after the first period after a goal from Dwight King late in the frame. The Blackhawks scored two consecutive goals less than three minutes into the second. Kane’s first tally helped tie things up when, 1:37 later, Ben Smith gave Chicago their first lead of the game.

A frantic third period saw a combined four goals and two lead changes. Drew Doughty knotted up the score for the Kings before Alec Martinez scored on a power play goal with just over 12 minutes to play. That advantage would not hold long as Kane found Keith for the goal that made it 3-3 in the waning moments of regulation. 

Kane, last year’s Conn Smythe winner, scored his second goal of the game five minutes later and ultimately gave Chicago the win. The Blackhawks have now come back from being down 3-1 in the series to force a decisive Game 7 to be play in Chicago on Sunday. 

Corey Crawford made 22 saves for Chicago while Jonathan Quick stopped 25 shots in the loss. The winner of Game 7 will face the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/30/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/30/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Finals: Miami Heat 117 – Indiana Pacers 92 (Heat win series, 4-2)

NHL Playoffs: Western Conference Finals: Chicago Blackhawks 4 – Los Angeles Kings 3 (Series Tied, 3-3)

MLB: Washington Nationals 9 (26-27) – Texas Rangers 2 (28-27)

Atlanta Braves 3 (29-25) – Miami Marlins 2 (28-26)

Minnesota Twins 6 (25-27) – New York Yankees 1 (28-25)

Kansas City Royals 6 (26-28) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (32-24)

Cleveland Indians 5 (25-30) – Colorado Rockies 2 (28-26)

Milwaukee Brewers 11 (33-22) – Chicago Cubs 5 (19-33) 

San Diego Padres 4 (25-30) – Chicago White Sox 1 (28-28)

Boston Red Sox 3 (25-29) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (23-32) – 10 Innings

Houston Astros 2 (24-32) – Baltimore Orioles 1 (26-27) 

San Francisco Giants 9 (36-19) – St. Louis Cardinals 4 (29-26)

Philadelphia Phillies 6 (24-28) – New York Mets 5 (25-29) – 14 Innings

San Francisco Giants 9 (36-19) – St. Louis Cardinals 4 (29-26)

Cincinnati Reds 6 (24-29) – Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (23-34)

Detroit Tigers 6 (31-20) – Seattle Mariners 3 (26-28)

Oakland Athletics 9 (33-22) – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 (30-24)

Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (25-29) – Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (29-27)

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Rangers Are Back in Stanley Cup Finals for First Time Since 1994

Rangers Are Back in Stanley Cup Finals for First Time Since 1994

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — For the first time in 20 years the New York Rangers are returning to the Stanley Cup finals.

Dominic Moore scored the lone goal and Henrik Lundqvist posted a shutout to lead the New York Rangers past the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 Thursday, in the sixth and deciding game of the Eastern Conference final.

New York wins the series four games to two.

Lundqvist rebounded from Game 5, where he was pulled after letting in four goals on 19 shots, by stopping all 18 shots he faced.

“It’s been tough,” Lundqvist said. “You have so many highs. You have a few lows where you’re questioning a lot of things, but then you just have to make up your mind, you can’t have any excuses. I don’t think I’ve been more determined to win a hockey game. To put ourselves in a spot where we can play for the Cup is extremely special.”

While making the Stanley Cup final is quite an accomplishment, Rangers center Brad Richards isn’t satisfied.

“It’s something you feel good (about), but you have to keep in the back of your mind that this isn’t the ultimate goal,” Richards said. “It’s an amazing achievement to be able to play for the Cup.”

The Rangers now wait until the completion of the Western Conference final between Chicago and Los Angeles to see who they play. Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final is Wednesday.

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Handzus Nets Game Winner for Blackhawks in 2OT

Handzus Nets Game Winner for Blackhawks in 2OT

Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Michal Handzus fired a backhander past Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick 2:04 into the second overtime, to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-4 victory over the Kings Wednesday, in Game 5 of the NHL Western Conference Final.

The win keeps the Blackhawks alive in the best-of-seven series, which Los Angeles now leads three games to two.

“I want to help the team as much as I can,” Handzus said. “I’m playing on the PK a lot. I’m not playing very well offensively. I’m glad I came through.”

He was able to because of teammate Brandon Saad, whose pass set up the winning goal. Saad finished the game with a goal and two assists.

“Personally, I thought Saader was the best player on the ice tonight,” said Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane, who had four assists in the win. “He was bringing so much speed and puck protection.”

The Blackhawks were down 4-3 in the third period before Ben Smith scored at the 1:17 mark. 

Jonathan Quick made 40 saves in the loss while Corey Crawford had 40 saves in the win.

Game 6 is Friday in Los Angeles. The puck is scheduled to drop at 9 p.m. Eastern.

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Canadiens Chase Lundqvist, Force Game 6

Canadiens Chase Lundqvist, Force Game 6

Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images(MONTREAL) — Henrik Lundqvist’s great play in the NHL Eastern Conference Final didn’t apply in Game 5.

Lundqvist allowed four goals on 19 shots before being pulled at the 8:58 mark in the second period as the Montreal Canadiens went on to beat the New York Rangers 7-4 Tuesday night.

The Rangers now lead the best-of-seven series three games to two.

When Lundqvist was pulled, the Canadiens led the game 4-1. The Rangers responded immediately, scoring three goals in under five minutes to tie the game. But Rene Bourque followed that by scoring one of his three goals on the night to give the Canadiens the lead for good.

“Everybody was ready for this game,” Bourque said. “We knew the situation.”

Cam Talbot let in two of the eight shots he faced after taking Lundqvist’s place in net.

“I pulled (Lundqvist) him because I thought at that time we needed a little momentum shift and I thought it might catch everybody’s attention,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “It did for a while. Obviously it didn’t work out.”

Alex Galchenyuk, Tomas Plekanec, David Desharnais, and Max Pacioretty also scored for Montreal in the win.

“I think you’re starting to see us playing Montreal Canadiens hockey,” Pacioretty said. “I don’t think you’ve really seen it in this series just yet. It was great to see a little taste of it. I think we still have more. I think we still have little things to work on. And it should be a fun one going back there.”

“There,” meaning New York, where Game 6 will be held Thursday night. The puck is scheduled to drop at 8 p.m. Eastern.

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Early Outburst Leads Kings to 3-1 Series Lead

Early Outburst Leads Kings to 3-1 Series Lead

Harry How/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) — After coming from behind in each of the last two games, Los Angeles scored four straight goals to beat Chicago 5-2 and take a 3-1 series lead Monday night. The Kings, who rallied from 3-0 and 3-1 deficits in their previous matchups, are now one win away from reaching the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in three years.

Los Angeles scored three goals in the first period, including power play goals from Jake Muzzin and Dustin Brown to take control over the defending Stanley Cup champions. Drew Doughty then added a fourth goal to the barrage just under 13 minutes into the second frame.

“To come into every game with that confidence, to have that mojo that you can win every game, that’s the difference,” said Marion Gaborik, who scored his 10th goal of the playoffs in the first. “It’s great to come to a team like this and be part of a winning culture.”

The Blackhawks scored two goals, closing the gap to 4-2 halfway through the third, but Jonathan Quick was strong in net and Tanner Pearson added an empty-net goal late to seal the win. Quick finished with 22 saves in the game while four players had multi-point efforts.

Los Angeles defeated the Blackhawks in the Western Conference Finals back in 2012 before winning their only Stanley Cup trophy. Game 5 will be played Wednesday in Chicago.

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St. Louis Overtime Winner Gives Rangers 3-1 Edge

St. Louis Overtime Winner Gives Rangers 3-1 Edge

Al Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Martin St. Louis scored six minutes into overtime, giving the New York Rangers a 3-2 win Sunday and a 3-1 series lead over the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Finals. St. Louis has now registered a point in six-straight playoff games, helping to put the Rangers on the verge of the Stanley Cup Finals.

“I just got open,” said St. Louis. “I tried to trust my instincts. I hit some good shots, he made some good saves. I was fortunate this one got by him.”

Carl Hagelin started the scoring in the first with a short-handed goal and ended up assisting St. Louis on the game winner. The two teams traded goals over the final two periods of regulation with Derick Brassard giving the Rangers a 2-1 lead after the second period. P.K. Subban tied things up on a power play two minutes into the third, helping to send the game in overtime.

In the extra frame, the Rangers controlled possession in the attacking zone. As the puck drifted its way along the boards, Montreal turned it over and Hagelin found St. Louis at the right circle. The 14-year veteran sniped one over the right shoulder of Dustin Tokarski, sending the Madison Square Garden crowd into a frenzy.

Despite giving the Canadiens six power plays, New York’s penalty kill allowed just one goal in the game. The Rangers had not allowed a goal in 27 straight penalty kills prior to Subban’s tying tally. Both teams had 29 shots on goal but Henrik Lundqvist made one more save than Tokarski to earn the win.

New York can clinch their first berth into the Stanley Cup Finals since winning it all in 1994 on Tuesday night. 

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Kings Rally Again to Upend Blackhawks

Kings Rally Again to Upend Blackhawks

Jeff Gross/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Jonathan Toews scored twice in the first period, but the Los Angeles Kings found a way to rally again to beat Chicago, 4-3, in Game 3 of their Western Conference Final. The Kings now lead the best-of-seven series two games to one.

Los Angeles trailed 2-0 in Game 2, but reeled off six straight goals to rout the Blackhawks and tie up the series. On Saturday, a similar effort was turned in after LA found themselves trailing 2-1 after on period. Toews opened the scoring just over five minutes in before Slava Voynov tied it up less than a minute later.

Another Toews tally gave Chicago the lead back heading in to the second period. However, the Kings scored three unanswered goals to gain a 4-2 lead midway through the third. Jeff Carter knotted the score at 2-2 12 minutes into the second. He then assisted on the go-ahead goal by Tyler Toffoli six minutes later.

“I’m having so much fun with these guys,” said Toffoli, who notched his sixth goal of the postseason. “Getting to play with a guy like Carter is a great opportunity.”

Drew Doughty would put the game out of reach with his second goal of the playoffs just over halfway through the third. The Blackhawks went more than 46 minutes of playing time without a goal after Toews made it 2-1 in the first. Patrick Sharp scored a meaningless goal with five seconds to play for the final score line. 

Jonathan Quick made 24 saves for the Kings while Corey Crawford stopped 28 shots in a loss. Game 4 is Monday night in California.

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Rangers’ Carcillo Suspended 10 Games

Rangers’ Carcillo Suspended 10 Games

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Rangers winger Daniel Carcillo was suspended 10 games by the NHL Friday for making physical contact with an official in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final. 

Carcillo was ejected from Thursday night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens after he elbowed linesman Steve Driscoll. Driscoll was trying to keep Carcillo out of a scrum involving Canadiens winger Brandon Prust, who earlier broke Rangers center Derek Stepan’s jaw by checking him in the face with his shoulder.

Prust was also suspended two games for his hit on Stepan after not being penalized during the game.

The NHL had no option but to suspend Carcillo. NHL Rule 40.3, which deals with Physical Abuse of Officials states: “Any player who deliberately applies physical force to an official in any manner (excluding actions as set out in Category I), which physical force is applied without intent to injure, or who spits on an official, shall be automatically suspended for not less than ten (10) games.”

Carcillo has two goals in eight postseason games for the Rangers.

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