Put away those brooms. With some overdue luck, just enough goalmouth snow and a whole lot of Henrik Lundqvist, the Rangers are going back to Cali. There was no inglorious sweep completed Wednesday night at the Garden, no hoisting of the Stanley Cup by the opposing Kings, as Lundqvist and the Rangers finally caught a few of the breaks that had eluded them earlier in the Final round and finally got on the board with a nail-biting but rocking 2-1 home win to stave off elimination and send the series back to Los Angeles for Game 5 on Friday night at Staples Center. “We definitely didn’t want to see the Cup come out on our ice. Just the thought of it makes me sick,” Lundqvist said. “We talked about it the first couple of games, especially against this team, you need a little puck luck. “A couple of close calls, but when you play this game…sometimes you have to rely on your teammates and sometimes you have to rely on some luck. Tonight, we had it a couple of times.” Not one, but two pucks slipped past Lundqvist but were swept off the snowy goal line by teammates Anton Stralman and Derek Stepan – with the latter coming with 1:11 remaining to preserve the Rangers’ first win of the series and provide an immense collective exhale throughout the Garden. “I’ve been in the game a long time to know that sometimes the hockey gods are there. They were there tonight,” Alain Vigneault said. “(Lundqvist) had to make some huge saves in the second and the third.
Rangers stay alive, beat Kings to avoid sweep
New York Daily News | Jun 12