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Posted On Friday, 10.07.2011 / 3:55 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke -  NHL.com Senior Managing Editor /NHL.com - Rangers-Kings live blog

Kings' power play comes through with winner

The Kings' stagnant power play finally came to live in overtime, giving the Kings a 3-2 victory when jack Johnson scored on a rebound with 52 seconds left in OT.
 
Anze Kopitar started the play with a shot on Henrik Lundqvist that resulted in a rebound. Mike Richards was alongside the crease and he shoveled it on Lundqvist for a second save, but Jack Johnson, pinching from the point, made no mistake as he roofed the rebound over Lundqvist, who was brilliant throughout.

The Los Angeles' power play had been 0-for-4 before that goal.

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Posted On Friday, 10.07.2011 / 3:36 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke -  NHL.com Senior Managing Editor /NHL.com - Rangers-Kings live blog

Overtime next for Kings, Rangers

The Kings had an excellent chance to win the game in the dying seconds of regulation as Brian Boyle committed an unnecessary interference penalty with just 2:03 remaining in regulation.

The Kings had two excellent chances -- including a hard shot from Dustin Brown -- but could not solve Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. The Kings are 0-for-4 on the power play so far.

We are heading to overtime as regulation ends with a 2-2 tie.

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Posted On Friday, 10.07.2011 / 3:31 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke -  NHL.com Senior Managing Editor /NHL.com - Rangers-Kings live blog

New King Richards ties game

Well, that was short-lived, as the Kings have come back and tied it 2-all late in the third period.

Mike Richards beat Michael Del Zotto to position in the slot and got his stick down to tip a sweet pass from linemate Brad Richardson over the shoulder of Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist with 4:59 remaining in the game.

Kings coach Terry Murray's hunch certainly paid off there as he decided to put Richardson onto that line when Dustin Penner (undisclosed injury) could not go. In doing so, Murray talked about his late-season surge of confidence and the world-class speed that allows Richardson to gain separation on defenders. Both were on display on that goal.

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Posted On Friday, 10.07.2011 / 3:29 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke -  NHL.com Senior Managing Editor /NHL.com - Rangers-Kings live blog

Gaborik goal puts Rangers ahead

For the Swedish fans that wanted a tense affair with their local heroes playing a big part, that wish has come true through the game's first 50 minutes.

Marian Gaborik scored to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead with 9:32 remaining in regulation. Gaborik scored on a goal-mouth scramble when he received a shovel pass from Brandon Dubinsky and wristed a shot that ricocheted off Jonathan Quick and into the net. Brad Richards earned his first point as a Ranger with the secondary assist on the play, a centering pass from behind the net.

Plus, the fans have watched local hero Henrik Lundqvist put on an absolute clinic -- especially in the first period, when he kept a sluggish Rangers team in a game in which it was being out-shot at a 3-to-1 margin.

The Rangers, thought have overcome the early doldrums and has taken the play to Los Angeles as often as not in the past 30 minutes.

Ryan Callahan has been the impetus for that revival. He already has 10 shots in this game.

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Posted On Friday, 10.07.2011 / 2:44 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke -  NHL.com Senior Managing Editor /NHL.com - Rangers-Kings live blog

Rangers, Kings tied 2-2 after two

The action continued in a back-and-forth manner in the second half of the second period -- again without a score, though.

The Rangers, however, had their first power play as Simon Gagne took a roughing penalty on Ryan Callahan, who has been New York's top player through two periods -- the Rangers had four shots in the first period and Callahan had three of them. On this play, it was going hard to the net that resulted in Gagne's retaliatory foul.

The Rangers couldn't capitalize on the man-advantage, though, as Quick did some good scrambling to deny a great chance by Marian Gaborik.

As the period progressed, the hitting picked up as both teams seemed to find their legs.

However, the score remains 1-1 heading into the third period.
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Posted On Friday, 10.07.2011 / 2:23 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke -  NHL.com Senior Managing Editor /NHL.com - Rangers-Kings live blog

Rangers picking up the pace

The Rangers have found the right gear here in the second period to make things a bit more even.

The highlight of the early part of the period was a spirited fight between the Kings' Kyle Clifford and Brandon Prust of the Rangers, which was received enthusiastically by the crowd.

Shortly after that, the Rangers gave up a third power-play to the Kings, who had a few chances. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist, however, made two big saves to deny the Kings on a third-straight man-advantage situation.

New York's best chance in the first half of the second came from Artem Anisimov, but Quick swallowed it up.
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Posted On Friday, 10.07.2011 / 1:23 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke -  NHL.com Senior Managing Editor /NHL.com - Rangers-Kings live blog

Kings, Rangers tied 1-1 after one period

The Los Angeles Kings dominated the first period of Friday's 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere game against the New York Rangers, but the game was tied 1-1 after one period.

Kings forward Anze Kopitar opened the scoring with a laser-beam of a shot over the glove of Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist after a bad turnover by Artem Anisimov. Justin Williams jumped on the loose puck just inside the Rangers blue line and was able to slip a pass to Kopitar in the slot for the quick release.

The Rangers struggled mightily to generate offense in the first and did not manage a shot on goal until right before the tying goal by Ryan Callahan at the 15:22 mark. The scoring play started with a turnover and an initial save by Jonathan Quick on Callahan. But Callahan re-acquired the puck, on a pass from Anisimov, and fired a bad-angle shot -- from the goal line -- over Quick's shoulder and inside the far post.

The pro-Rangers crowd at the Globe Arena cheered wildly for the Rangers, particularly Lundqvist and Norway's Mats Zuccarello, who played several years in Sweden before joining the Rangers. Lundqvist actually provided the period's biggest highlight with a lightning-quick glove save on Kings captain Dustin Brown in the high slot.

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