Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Martin St. Louis tallied on a power play then Derick Brassard at even strength, and the New York Rangers find themselves ahead by a 4-2 count over the Los Angeles Kings after two periods of play in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Los Angeles halved its deficit just 1:46 into the second period. Behind the defense once more thanks to a lead pass by Dwight King, Justin Williams was unable to get a shot off from the right circle. He instead shuttled the puck back to the point, where Jarret Stoll's slow roller eluded both Henrik Lundqvist and Blueshirts defenseman Kevin Klein before sliding into the net.
St. Louis restored that two-goal margin when he one-timed a Derek Stepan feed past a diving Jonathan Quick from the right wing to give New York a 3-1 edge at 11:24 -- only 40 seconds after the Kings were guilty of leaving too many men on the ice.
Willie Mitchell pulled the hosts back within a goal as the second-period clock read 5:21, ripping a left-point shot home past a screened Lundqvist with only four seconds left on a Mats Zuccarello tripping call.
However, only 11 seconds later, Brassard rushed the Kings' crease to tap in a centering feed to make it 4-2. Quick and Mitchell had a miscommunication behind their net, with Zuccarello swooping in and stealing the puck to dish in front.
Lundqvist has stopped 18-of-20 shots through 40 minutes, while Quick has surrendered four scores on 22 shots.
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 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.
Ryan 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 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.