Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Marian Gaborik potted a game-tying power-play goal 7:56 into the third period, and the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers are tied 2-2, heading to overtime in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals from Staples Center.
After the Rangers rallied for two goals in the final 4:23 of the second period to take a 2-1 lead, the Kings dominated the pace of play in the third, much like they did over the final 20 minutes of Game 4, when they outshot the Rangers 15-1.
Unlike Game 4 however, the Kings were able to find the equalizer on Friday.
Following a Los Angeles flurry that featured a pair of glove saves from Henrik Lundqvist and forced a New York timeout, Jake Muzzin made a nice play to keep the puck in the zone at the left point before being tripped by Mats Zuccarello, giving the Kings a power play with 12:21 on the clock.
During the following sequence, Jeff Carter duplicated Muzzin's effort with another nice keep along the left boards and carried the disc into the slot before feeding Drew Doughty above the right circle.
Doughty then fired a heavy slapper that Lundqvist fought off, but Gaborik was camped out in front and stuffed the rebound through Lundqvist's legs to tie the game at 12:04.
The Kings continued applying pressure for the remainder of the frame, as Justin Williams whistled one just wide with nearly six minutes remaining before Mike Richards forced a turnover to set up a Carter wrister that Lundqvist got just enough of to send over the cage.
Los Angeles outshot New York 12-3 in the third, but couldn't find the go-ahead goal, forcing an extra session for the third time in this series.
Lundqvist has stopped 27-of-29 shots through three periods, while Jonathan Quick has posted 13 saves for the Kings, who are one win away from winning the title for the second time in three years.
Williams opened the scoring 6:04 into the game with his ninth goal of the postseason, but the Rangers rallied for a pair of special-teams tallies in the second to grab the lead.
After Dwight King was sent off for high sticking at the 14:07 mark of the middle stanza, Brad Richards fired a shot from the high point that Quick turned aside.
The Rangers quickly worked the puck back to Richards, who hesitated briefly before feeding the disc to Ryan McDonagh in the right circle.
McDonagh then threaded the needle to the far-post, where Chris Kreider was waiting to redirect the disc into the back of the net, tying the game at 15:37.
New York center Dominic Moore was whistled for hooking with 2:23 left in the period to give Los Angeles a late power play, but a hustle play from winger Carl Hagelin in the neutral zone helped the Rangers take the lead.
Hagelin knocked Slava Voynov off the puck along the right boards near the red line and touched the disc ahead to Brian Boyle.
Boyle then danced around Doughty in the slot and skated into the left circle before rifling a wicked wrister high over the glove of Quick with just 29.6 seconds on the clock.