Rangers, Kings tied 2-2 after 3 periods in Game 5

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Los Angeles Kings right wing Marian Gaborik (12), of Slovakia, scores a goal as New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden,, left, looks on during the third period in Game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final series Friday, June 13, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Kings right wing Marian Gaborik (12), of Slovakia, scores a goal as New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden,, left, looks on during the third period in Game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final series Friday, June 13, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) scores as Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, right, looks on during the second period in Game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final series Friday, June 13, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden, gloves the puck while playing the Los Angeles Kings during the second period in Game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final series Friday, June 13, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams, left, celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers during the first period in Game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final series Friday, June 13, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams, right, scores a goal against the New York Rangers during the first period in Game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final series Friday, June 13, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marian Gaborik scored the tying power-play goal with 12:04 left in regulation, and the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers were tied at 2 after three periods in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals.

Justin Williams scored an early goal for the Kings, who were attempting to wrap up their second NHL title in three years on home ice. Jonathan Quick made 13 saves for Los Angeles, which won three of the series’ first four games.

Chris Kreider scored a power-play goal and Brian Boyle added a short-handed score late in the second period for the Rangers, who were trying to avoid elimination again after winning Game 4 at Madison Square Garden.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots in another standout performance, but Gaborik poked the tying goal between his legs on a rebound for his 14th goal in a spectacular postseason by the Kings’ late-season acquisition.

Both teams had tantalizing scoring chances late in regulation, but nobody could connect.

Instead, the finalists headed to overtime at Staples Center for the third time in three games.

After falling behind early, New York outplayed the Kings and finally got the equalizer with 4:23 left in the second period while Dwight King was in the box for high-sticking. After several sharp passes in a prolonged possession, Ryan McDonagh found Kreider in front for New York’s second power-play score of the series.

Boyle then got a stunner, capitalizing on the Kings’ poor power-play work in the final minute of the period. He skated around Drew Doughty and wiring a shot into the far top corner behind Quick with 29 seconds left.

It was Boyle’s third goal in 25 postseason games.

A stunned Staples Center crowd sat silent as the Kings left the ice for the second intermission. Until the late swerve, the Kings seemed to be on course for a celebration.

Los Angeles got another big-game goal from Williams, who put the Kings ahead just 6:04 into Game 5 after linemates Dwight King and Jarret Stoll applied pressure on Lundqvist, who made 40 saves in the Rangers’ victory in Game 4.

Williams came up behind the scrum and slid the puck right underneath a sprawling Lundqvist for his ninth goal of an outstanding postseason.

The Kings had fallen behind 2-0 to begin three of the first four games in this series, so their fans vocally welcomed their first lead in three games at Staples Center, which was filled with raucous chants of “Go Kings Go!” while both teams were still in their dressing rooms.

But the Rangers kept pressure on the Kings during one of their best periods of the series, playing with no discernible worry about their perilous position. They kept it up in the second period, while the Kings struggled to match their pace and effort.

Associated Press

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