The 2014 Stanley Cup Final could be much more evenly-matched than many expected but in the end, the home team prevailed in Game 1 as the Kings secured a 3-2 victory in overtime.
The well-rested New York Rangers built an early 2-0 lead against the host Los Angeles Kings, but L.A. rebounded as they’ve been known to do throughout these playoffs.
The Kings bounced back to tie the game at the 6:36 mark of the second period. Despite a dominant third period where the Kings outshot the Rangers 20-3 and had a late power-play opportunity, Game 1 went to overtime.
In the end, it was the Kings’ clutch specialist Justin Williams who broke in off a Dan Girardi giveaway with a sweet shot over the shoulder of Henrik Lundqvist that gave the Kings the 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
In a game that was played evenly on many levels, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 40 of 43 shots for the Rangers, while Jonathan Quick needed to make just 25 saves for Los Angeles.
Game 2 goes Saturday at 8 p.m. ET at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Final Score: Los Angeles Kings 3 – New York Rangers 2 (OT)
Kings lead best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final 1-0
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