Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan McDonagh and Mats Zuccarello netted the first goals of the contest, and the New York Rangers find themselves ahead by a 2-0 count over the Los Angeles Kings after one period of play in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Jonathan Quick had to be sharp on the game's first shift, using his blocker to deflect a hard Rick Nash offering from the edge of the right circle.
Both teams countered rush after rush from there, and the Rangers dodged a bullet roughly six minutes in, as Justin Williams had a 20-foot head start behind the defense only to lose the puck in his feet at the right circle.
New York and Los Angeles both squeezed off two shots during the game's first power play, created when Marian Gaborik was banished for tripping at the 7:58 mark.
McDonagh's blast from near the blue line somehow went untouched through traffic and beat Quick for the game's first goal at 10:48. Williams' failed clear along the left-wing boards behind the net found the stick of Dominic Moore, who dished back to the left point for the successful chance.
The visitors were unscathed after McDonagh committed a roughing penalty inside of five minutes left, and Henrik Lundqvist made a lunging glove stop on an Alec Martinez drive with 2:20 left before intermission.
The Rangers took a 2-0 edge with 1:14 on the clock when Zuccarello tapped in a McDonagh rebound at the right post.
Lundqvist was equal to all nine shots he faced, while Quick made eight stops.