The Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers are quickly turning in one of the more exciting Stanley Cup Finals we’ve seen in recent years and that’s all good news for hockey in general. The sport is in serious need of consistency when it comes to excitement and it seems the Kings and Rangers are holding up their end of the deal.
For the second straight game we’ve seen overtime hockey and before that we saw eight goals scored in total.
At one point we saw two goal scored in the span of 11 seconds which came after Martin St. Louis scored a goal while falling down. That was preceded by a goal in which Henrik Lundqvist gave up a goal while laying sprawled out beyond the crease, leaving the net open.
All of that happened in the second period too, so to say the game was exciting is to undersell it dramatically.
Three exciting periods weren’t enough to contain all of the action either, as the ‘Kardiac Kings’ managed to come from behind again and tie the game in the third period to force overtime. It’s not just that the Kings tied the game, it’s that the erased a 4-2 lead in one period to do so as Los Angeles refused to die in what has become a postseason of resilience for the Kings.
Not only did we need one overtime but we needed double overtime to get a winner and that ended up being the Los Angeles Kigns by way of a Dustin Brown game winner.
Through two games in this series, it’s very clear that the Kings and Rangers are not going to just allow things to be easy for the other team. Two games and two trips to overtime is not only good for the legacy of this Stanley Cup Final but it’s great for hockey as a whole who need an exciting, high scoring series and that’s what we’ve been given so far.