Another game in the books, another comeback win for the Los Angeles Kings.
As the Stanley Cup Finals got underway on Wednesday, the New York Rangers quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead. They pressured the Kings defensemen, then used their speed to break in on Jonathan Quick and score (first Benoit Pouliot, then Carl Hagelin).
After that, the Kings had the Rangers right where they wanted them.
Two and a half minutes after falling in a 0-2 hole, the Kings cut the deficit in half, with a surprising player chipping in offensively. Kyle Clifford beat Henrik Lundqvist with a wrist shot from a bad angle, scoring his first goal since December.
The third period saw the Rangers go into a shell. With the Kings controlling the puck throughout the final frame of regulation, the Rangers were outshot 20-3. Lundqvist was at his best however, personally getting the Rangers into overtime.
"I mean, he [Lundqvist] was the reason we went to overtime," said Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault. "He gave us a chance. When you get to overtime, a lot of times, it's a bounce, it's a shot. Tonight they got it."
That bounce went to Mike Richards. The shot came from none other than the now-legendary Justin Williams. Richards delayed a line change, then intercepted an errant pass occurring right after Rangers blueliner Dan Girardi bobbled the puck. Richards, quickly flipped the puck to a wide open Williams; who sniped the game winner past Lundqvist.
"We've always known he's 'Captain Clutch,' " said Clifford of Williams.
In truth however, this was Williams’ first postseason overtime goal. Normally he saves his heroics for game sevens. Williams also had an assist on the Doughty goal.
Despite being outplayed, the Rangers were a single bounce away from winning the contest. They will have a chance at redemption in game two on Saturday.