The New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings have returned to Staples Center, where the Kings will take their second shot at securing the 2014 Stanley Cup on Friday.
With the deck stacked against them, Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers won their eighth straight elimination game at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, narrowing Los Angeles' series lead to 3-1 and keeping their Stanley Cup hopes alive.
As the Rangers strive to match the Kings' reputation as the "cockroaches" that won't go away, Los Angeles hopes to deliver a Game 5 win for its growing fanbase and avoid the prospect of stretching the NHL's longest playoff year in history to a sixth or seventh game.
The Stanley Cup Final is heading down to the wire. Here's a look at the keys to victory for both teams in Friday's Game 5.