The New York Rangers will live to fight another day after a 2-1 win in Game 4 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final. Though the Los Angeles Kings have dominated throughout the series, the Rangers now have a foothold and have cut the Kings' lead to 3-1.
After losing 3-0 in Game 3 to put themselves on the brink of elimination, the Rangers got some bounces early in Game 4. A double-deflection that last went off the stick of Benoit Pouliot at 7:25 of the first period gave the Rangers a lead that they wouldn't relinquish.
An early physical approach by the Rangers provided energy to the team and its fans at Madison Square Garden, changing the atmosphere dramatically from the disappointing Game 3.
The Rangers built a 2-0 lead when Martin St. Louis scored what proved to be the winner for his eighth of the playoffs on a strong drive to the net at 6:27 of the second period.
Dustin Brown quickly replied on a breakaway midway just two minutes later to start a potential Los Angeles comeback. On this night, it was not to be.
As the Kings applied tremendous late-game pressure, Henrik Lundqvist was outstanding, stopping 15 shots in the third period to preserve the Rangers' win and send the Stanley Cup Final back to Los Angeles for Game 5.
Lundqvist made 40 saves in total for the win, bringing his record to 8-0 with a .968 save percentage in his last eight elimination games at Madison Square Garden.
This was New York's first finals win at MSG since the historic Game 7 victory against the Vancouver Canucks for the Stanley Cup, 20 years ago. The Rangers have life as they trail the series 3-1 and will try to stave off elimination once again at Staples Center on Friday.