It's only fitting Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final produced a thrilling overtime finish.
The Los Angeles Kings now lead the New York Rangers 1-0 in the series after Justin Williams found the back of the net in sudden death.
Even with a short amount of rest before the title series, the Kings appeared to be in top form. The Rangers are now one game back and take on the daunting task of evening the series on the road in Game 2.
Although, perhaps not all is lost for the Rangers, according to this intriguing tweet from ESPN Stats & Info:
A good omen for the @NYRangers? The Rangers lost Game 1 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Final 3-2 in OT as well.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 5, 2014
Will Los Angeles get one step closer to earning its second Stanley Cup in three years, or will New York ensure the series will go at least five games?
As we impatiently await what's sure to be a high-octane Game 2, let's take a look at the full viewing information and game odds, as well as predict how the contest is likely to unfold.
Stanley Cup Game 2 Viewing Information
Series: Kings lead 1-0
When: Saturday, June 7
Where: Staples Center in Los Angeles, California
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Odds: Los Angeles -1.5 (via OddsShark.com)
Penalty-killing units were on point during Game 1, as the Rangers and Kings were blanked on a combined seven power-play attempts.
Both Henrik Lundqvist and Jonathan Quick had stellar performances in goal, with save percentages of .930 and .926, respectively.
Fox Sports Live expressed their opinion of Lundqvist's Game 1 showing:
One big difference in the game's outcome was the amount of offensive pressure the Kings were able to generate.
Los Angeles spent plenty of time on the Rangers' side of the ice, recording 43 shots on goal throughout the game—New York finished with just 27.
After giving up two early goals to the Rangers, Los Angeles mounted a comeback which resulted in an overtime win. Williams reflected on his team's performance during a press conference, via ESPN.com:
It certainly helps that we've done it time and time again. It's a great result of the hockey game for us, definitely, but we have a lot of things to clean up. Certainly not our best game by any standards, especially ours, but we were able to get it done. That's the most important thing.
This home overtime win in the postseason marked the first for the Kings since 2001. The team was highly aggressive and consistently fed off the support of a jam-packed home crowd.
The victory also has some historical significance, according to this tweet from ESPN Stats & Info:
Los Angeles only looked stronger as the game went on. After its slow start, the team rattled off 20 shots in the third period to just three by the Rangers.
That quick shift in momentum bodes well for the Kings to earn another victory in front of their home crowd on Saturday.
Standing in their way will be the always-stout Lundqvist; however, when Los Angeles is generating that kind of pressure, even the most experienced goaltenders will allow a few to slip through the cracks.
Expect the Rangers to keep this one close—just as they did in Game 1—but the surging Kings offense will simply be too much to handle and prevail in the end.
Kings 4, Rangers 3