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The Los Angeles Kings Jeff Carter, right, watches the puck stop short of the goal line as the New York Rangers scramble to cover it up late in the third period of Game 4 in the Stanley Cup Finals at Madison Square Garden in New York on Wednesday. The Rangers won, 2-1. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Rangers edge Kings to stay alive in Cup Final

Henrik Lundqvist finished with 40 saves and Martin St. Louis scored his team-leading eighth goal as the New York Rangers staved off elimination by winning Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, 2-1 over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday. The Kings lead the series, 3-1.

Benoit Pouliot joined St. Louis by netting his second tally of the series as the Rangers posted their NHL-record eighth consecutive home victory when facing elimination. Derek Stepan notched an assist and preserved the slim advantage with 1:11 remaining in the third period by tapping a loose puck from along the goal line toward Lundqvist’s pads.

Captain Dustin Brown scored on a breakaway for the Kings, who were unable to net the equalizer despite outshooting New York by a 15-1 margin in the third period. Jonathan Quick turned aside 17 shots for Los Angeles, which looks to capture its second Stanley Cup in three years when the teams reconvene at Staples Center for Game 5 on Friday.

Defenseman John Moore unleashed a shot from the point that Pouliot deftly deflected under the crossbar 7:25 into the first period to open the scoring. The tally came just two seconds after the Rangers’ first power play expired and was the first allowed by Quick in 123 minutes, 1 second.

New York doubled the advantage 6:27 into the second as Chris Kreider’s shot from above the left faceoff circle caromed off Stepan in front before St. Louis chipped the puck home from the left doorstep. Brown answered 2:19 later, but Lundqvist thwarted Jeff Carter on a breakaway late in the session before holding the fort in the third.

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