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Rangers stave off elimination with 2-1 win in Game 4 against Kings

Los Angeles Kings left wing Tanner Pearson (70), left, crashes the boards with New York Rangers defenseman John Moore (17) in the third period during Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in New York.
Los Angeles Kings left wing Tanner Pearson (70), left, crashes the boards with New York Rangers defenseman John Moore (17) in the third period during Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in New York. AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

NEW YORK – Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves as the New York Rangers staved off elimination with a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup final.

Benoit Pouliot and Martin St. Louis each scored for the Rangers, who still trail the Kings 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Pouliot opened the scoring 7:25 into the first period on a tip-in, and St. Louis put the Rangers up by two at 6:27 of the second.

But two minutes later a turnover by Rangers defenceman Dan Girardi led to a breakaway for Kings captain Dustin Brown, who finished with a slick deke to score on Lundqvist.

The Kings dominated in the third period but couldn’t beat Lundqvist despite outshooting New York 15-1.

Game 5 is Friday in Los Angeles.

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