Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Kreider potted a power-play goal to even the score before Brian Boyle buried a shorthanded marker in the final minute of the second period to give the New York Rangers a 2-1 lead over the Los Angeles Kings after 40 minutes in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Los Angeles forward Justin Williams opened the scoring 6:04 into the contest, but the Rangers found the equalizer late in the second after Kings forward Dwight King was sent off for high sticking at 14:07 of the second.
Jonathan Quick turned aside a Brad Richards blast from the high point just past the midpoint of the man-advantage, but the Rangers quickly worked the puck back Richards, who hesitated briefly before feeding the disc to Ryan McDonagh in the right circle.
McDonagh then threaded the needle to the far-post, where Kreider was waiting to redirect the disc into the back of the net to tie the game at 15:37.
New York center Dominic Moore was whistled for hooking with 2:23 left in the period to give Los Angeles a late power play, but a hustle play from winger Carl Hagelin in the neutral zone helped the Rangers take the lead.
Hagelin knocked Slava Voynov off the puck along the right boards near the red line and touched the disc ahead to Boyle.
Boyle then danced around Drew Doughty in the slot and skated into the left circle before rifling a wicked wrister high over the glove of Quick with just 29.6 seconds on the clock.
New York netminder Henrik Lundqvist has stopped 16-of-17 shots through two periods, while Quick has turned aside just 10 shots for the Kings, who are one win away from winning the title for the second time in three years.
Early on, the Rangers killed off a Rick Nash hooking minor less than two minutes into the tilt, thanks in large part to a left pad save from Lundqvist on a deflected Drew Doughty blast, but with the teams skating 5-on-5 just past the 6:00 mark, Los Angeles broke through.
After Williams dumped the puck into the New York zone from the red line, the Kings' forecheck went to work and the puck ended up at the left point, where Willie Mitchell fired a shot that Lundqvist turned aside.
Lundqvist then fought off a rebound attempt amid a flurry in front, but Williams swooped in and backhanded the puck under a prone Lundqvist to give the home team a 1-0 lead at 6:04.
The Rangers failed to score on their first power play after Dustin Brown was sent off for holding at 7:49, while Los Angeles had its second man-advantage of the first frame nullified after Doughty was whistled for cross-checking just over a minute into Benoit Pouliot's penalty for goaltender interference.