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Video: Lundqvist, special teams power Rangers to 2-1 lead

2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Five

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 13: Martin St. Louis #26 of the New York Rangers with the puck against Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings in the first period during Game Five of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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The New York Rangers carry a 2-1 lead into the third period of Game 5 against the Los Angeles Kings because of special teams and a special goalie.

They entered the middle frame down 1-0 after Justin Williams’ goal, yet the Rangers managed to hang in there. Chris Kreider’s power-play goal tied things up:

Henrik Lundqvist continues to play excellent hockey in elimination situations, as he stopped hard-charging attempts, especially Kyle Clifford’s drive here:

Brian Boyle’s had some big moments, too. Slava Voynov seemed to be all alone for a prime power-play chance, yet Boyle managed to block his shot. He then left the Staples Center crowd stunned by scoring a shorthanded goal in the waning moments of the second period:

The question is: can the Rangers manage more special moments and close Game 5 out? Chances are, the Kings are going to demand that of them.

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