Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Drew Doughty netted the tying score in the second period at even strength for the Los Angeles Kings, who are tied at 2-2 with the New York Rangers heading into overtime in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Already down 2-1 and having surrendered a fluke short-handed score, the Kings had to endure an interference call to defenseman Jake Muzzin less than four minutes into the second.
On the following shift after the kill, Doughty atoned for an earlier mistake, drawing his club even at the 6:36 mark of the second period on a shot from the left circle which hit the net after going through the crook of Henrik Lundqvist's left arm.
Los Angeles failed to take the lead on a subsequent manpower advantage when Rangers forward Derick Brassard was sent off for boarding nine seconds after the score, and Trevor Lewis missed two point-blank chances to put his team ahead including one on a breakaway.
Jonathan Quick made two stops on a late New York advantage created when Mike Richards was booked for slashing with 1:19 left in the period to preserve the deadlock.
The hosts came up empty on another power play less than three minutes into the third, but Lundqvist did the splits to deny a Willie Mitchell blast from the left point 6 1/2 minutes in.
Nonetheless, the Kings controlled play despite a slower pace, racking up 13 shots in almost 12 minutes of action before the Rangers unleashed one -- a shot from Martin St. Louis which got a piece of Quick's shoulder.
Mitchell made a sliding stop on Rick Nash to break up a 3-on-1 rush with just under three minutes left in regulation, and things got interesting after New York's Brian Boyle was whistled for slashing with 1:36 to play.
Carl Hagelin was allowed yet another short-handed break-in with 40 seconds remaining, but Quick came up with an emphatic save. Jeff Carter narrowly missed a stuffer try at the near post on the counter-rush by inches, rolling from the right wing to the left unmarked.
Lundqvist was stellar in the third, stopping all 20 shots he faced and 39- of-41 through regulation. Quick was good on three chances and has made 23 saves thus far.
The Rangers showed in the opening shifts how much better rested they were than the Kings, zipping through the offensive zone with little resistance. However, the hosts had the best early chance as, just over five minutes in, Muzzin pushed a bouncing shot from the high slot just wide of the left post.
Quick had to move inside his crease to stop consecutive chances from the right side by Brad Richards and in front from St. Louis near the midway point of the first.
Benoit Pouliot eventually put the visitors ahead with 6:39 remaining. He was aggressive on the forecheck as the puck floated back to Doughty near the point. Pouliot then pushed it ahead into the neutral zone, raced up the right wing alone and beat Quick with a hard wrister.
Quick stopped a prime chance from Boyle seconds into the initial Kings' power play as Mats Zuccarello committed a holding infraction, then Hagelin barreled in for a shot which Quick turned aside. The rebound caromed off the skate of Slava Voynov and back over the goal line for a 2-0 Rangers' edge at 15:03.
Kyle Clifford finally jolted the partisan crowd awake when he charged the net at the left post and redirected a Carter centering feed home with 2:27 left before intermission.