4. 2014 Finals, Game 2: Dustin Brown’s double overtime goal
Ranger fans knew that their team was going to come into this game with a chip on their shoulder after they were robbed in Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals.
There were no goals the first ten minutes, but New York dominated. Ryan McDonagh scored on a slapshot with 9:12 to go in the opening period to give the Rangers the lead. Mats Zuccarello scored with a minute left to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead going into the break.
The second period was hectic. Los Angeles scored two minutes in to cut the lead in half, but ten minutes later, Marty St. Louis fired one in from the right circle to restore the two goal lead. With five minutes left, Willie Mitchell scored to make the game 3-2, but then just 11 seconds later, Derrick Brassard capitalized on a scramble at the net to regain the two goal lead. It was 4-2 going into the third.
I’ll give Los Angeles credit- they never went away. It did not matter the deficit, they just kept working and that is what championship teams do, and you will see this as we continue. Eight minutes into the third, the game was tied at 4-4 after goals from Dwight King and Marian Gaborik. The Rangers’ offense was nowhere to be seen. Right after the Kings tied the game, Brad Richards was robbed from point blank to keep the game tied. That was it for regulation.
The first overtime was back and forth but the Rangers were the better of the two sides. The best chance was from Chris Kreider, who missed a breakaway on a power play with three minutes left. The second overtime was the same, until Dustin Brown deflected in a shot with 9:35 left to give Los Angeles the 2-0 lead in the series.
If the Rangers capitalized on their chances, this series could have been tied 1-1. They were the better team in this game but uncharacteristically, they blew a third period lead, something they had only done once in 31 regular season games.