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St. Louis scores game winner for Rangers in Stanley Cup Final

Martin St. Louis
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According to TSN, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Martin St. Louis of Laval, Quebec scored the game winning goal for the New York Rangers on Wednesday in game four of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final. With the win, a 2-1 New York victory, the Rangers prevented being swept by the Los Angeles Kings.

St. Louis scored the game winning goal at 6:27 of the second period from Derek Stepan and Chris Krieder. The goal put the Rangers up 2-0 at the time. The Kings responded on a breakaway goal by captain Dustin Brown just over two minutes later, but that was the only goal Los Angeles would be able to score on Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

The Rangers were actually lucky to come away with the victory. Not only were the Rangers outshot 41-19, but twice the Kings had the puck on the Rangers goal line, but the puck did not cross the entire line.

For St. Louis, who won a gold medal for Canada in men's hockey at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and was traded from Tampa Bay to the New York Rangers at the National Hockey League trade deadline, it was his eighth goal of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was also his third game winning goal of this year's postseason.

St. Louis's first game winning goal in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs came in game three of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, a 4-1 Rangers win over the Philadelphia Flyers in game three of the series. St. Louis' second game winning goal in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs came in game four of the Eastern Conference Finals, a 3-2 Rangers win over the Montreal Canadiens.

The Rangers and Kings will now play game five of the series Friday evening in southern California. Game time is 6 p.m. mountain time and can be seen on CBC and NBC. The Kings still lead the best out of seven series three games to one.