Jun 11, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Benoit Pouliot (67) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period in game four of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Stanley Cup 2014: Rangers' Benoit Pouliot scores to take 1-0 lead (GIF)

The New York Rangers came into Game Four of the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals against the Los Angeles Kings in a 0-3 deficit and facing a sweep. They had the home-ice advantage and wanted to force a Game Five and knew they’d need an early go, and Benoit Pouliot was the guy to step up and put the Rangers up 1-0 at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers are going to need all the goals they can get if they want to beat the Kings and extend this series. To someone who hasn’t been watching the series, it could look like it’s been dominated by the Kings, but two of the games have been decided in overtime and the Rangers have actually led for most of the series.

It’s safe to assume that the Rangers aren’t going to go down without a fight. A 3-0 comeback, while it’s happened in hockey more than any other sport, is still very rare and remarkably difficult to achieve. This goal could be the first step towards achieving history and completing an incredible comeback in the Stanley Cup Finals.

After only 7 minutes in the 1st period the Rangers scored to take the lead and jumpstart what they hope is a comeback.

Benoit Pouliot 1-1

From a distance it could look like the the original shot from the blue line went in, but when you look closer you can see there was deflection right in front of the goal.

Benoit Pouliot 1-2

There’s a possibility of a high stick, which would have disallowed the goal, however the refs considered the stick low enough (it does appear to be below the crossbar) to allow the goal.

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