The Stanley Cup finals are painting a misleading picture after Game 2 on June 7. The New York Rangers have led or tied the Los Angeles Kings in every single active second of the Stanley Cup finals after two games. Yet the Rangers have no wins to show for it, as the Kings erased three two-goal deficits in Game 2 and waited until double overtime to take their first and only lead this time by 5-4 -- taking their own two game lead in the series.
Like in Game 7 against the Chicago Blackhawks and Game 1 against the Rangers, the Kings never held the lead in regulation. Things were a little different this time after the Rangers took another 2-0 lead, as the Kings waited until the second period to get on the board. Yet Martin St. Louis put New York back up by 3-1 afterwards, before Willie Mitchell brought Los Angeles back to within 3-2 on the power play -- 11 seconds before Derick Brassard got that goal right back.
Down 4-2 after two periods, it looked like even the Kings would be hard pressed to complete this rally. But then they got a break that could shift the entire Stanley Cup finals, when Henrik Lundqvist got tangled up with Matt Green on a Derek King goal and no interference was called. It loomed even larger when Marian Gaborik scored his playoff-leading 13'th goal minutes later, leading to yet another overtime.
The last three Cup finals have had overtimes in Games 1 and 2, including the Kings' 2012 triumph over the New Jersey Devils. Los Angeles won both opening overtime games in New Jersey two years ago en route to the Cup, and now it has won two straight opening overtimes at the Staples Center. The Kings had to survive an extra overtime in this case, as they traded chances and penalties with the Rangers until Dustin Brown deflected Mitchell's final shot.
It was a terrible sports day all around in New York, as the ironically named California Chrome lost the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes before the Rangers blew yet another shot in California. Now the Stanley Cup finals may not come back to California at this rate, as it would require the Rangers to hold any kind of lead at some point in Madison Square Garden -- preferably in Game 3 on June 9.