LOS ANGELES -- If you want to bury the Los Angeles Kings, you better dig a deep hole and bring a lot of nails. Custom Ozzie Smith Jersey . Because theyre coming back at you. Captain Dustin Brown accounted for the latest Houdini-like escape, scoring at 10:26 of double overtime Saturday night as the Kings rallied to defeat New York 5-4 and leave the Rangers in a 2-0 hole in the Stanley Cup final. The Los Angeles captain ended the second-longest night in Kings history (the longest was 31:40 of overtime against Chicago on June 8, 2013) by tipping in a Willie Mitchell shot from the point. The Kings become the first team in Stanley Cup playoffs history to overcome a two-goal deficit to win three consecutive games. They also did it in Game 7 of the Western Conference final in Chicago (a 5-4 OT win) and Game 1 of the Cup final (3-2 OT). They have gone 7-0 in elimination games during these playoffs. Amazingly the favoured Kings have yet to lead in the Cup final, pulling ahead only in OT both games. "The way we play, everyones talking about how we come back. I think its more how we turn the tide of the game over the course of the game," said Brown. "Were not worried about scoring the game-winning goal. Were just worried about playing our game and grinding away. "It starts with one (goal) and thats what our mentality is. Whether were down two, up two, the situation doesnt change for us ... the mentality of our team is very black and white." Added Anze Kopitar: "Its not encouraging to get down, but it seems like when we do get down that desperation kicks in. I think we showed that again tonight." "Sometimes we do play our best hockey when we are desperate," he added. The series switches to Madison Square Garden with games Monday and Wednesday and the odds are heavily on the side of never-say-die Los Angeles, which trailed by two goals on three different occasions Saturday. New York coach Alain Vigneault tried to look for positives. "I think weve played close to nine periods now. For the most part Ive liked a lot of things about our game," he said. "Our guys are trying real hard. Were going to continue to try. I mean, both games we had opportunities. We didnt get it done. "Were going home in front of our great fans. Were going to be ready for the next game." If anyone is desperate, its the Rangers now. They have a huge boulder to roll up the Cup final hill. Home teams sweeping Games 1 and 2 of the final have won 32-of-35 series (.914 per cent) since the championship series went to a best-of-seven format in 1939. The only positive for New York is the Penguins (2009) and Bruins (2011) both came back from losing the first two games of the final away from home to take the Cup. "We all battled. I battled," said Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. "When you play five periods, obviously the difference is not very big." Brown helps set the Kings battling tone, according to teammate Jarret Stoll. It was the captains fifth career post-season game-winner. "Hard, physical, leads by his play," Stoll said of Brown. "Big part of our team, huge part of our team. No other guy should have the C on his jersey, thats for sure. Big goals, big plays, big games. He does it all." It marks the first time ever that Games 1 and 2 of the Cup final have gone to overtime three straight years (L.A-New Jersey in 2012 and Chicago-Boston in 2013). Prior to that, it had been 61 years since the opening two games of the final went to extra time. It was also the fourth OT game for the Kings in their last five outings and the fourth for the Rangers in their past six. The overall OT record for the two in these playoffs is 4-3 for Los Angeles and 2-3 for New York. Its been a marathon playoff journey for both teams. Saturdays game was the 23rd of the post-season and 105th of the campaign for the Kings. It was No. 22 and 104, respectively, for the Rangers. Stoll, Mitchell, Dwight King and Marian Gaborik scored for Los Angeles before a sellout crowd of 18,532 at Staples Center. Justin Williams had three assists. The Kings have scored three-plus goals in eight consecutive games. Ryan McDonagh, Mats Zuccarello, Martin St. Louis and Derick Brassard replied for the Rangers, who jumped into a 2-0 lead for the second game in a row. Los Angeles outshot New York 32-29 in regulation time, including 12-7 in the third. The shots were 8-6 for the Rangers in the first overtime and 6-1 for the Kings in the second. "Usually its not a very pretty (OT) goal and thats what happened tonight," said Kopitar. "I know its a cliche but every shots a good shot in OT and if turned out to be that way." Lundqvist and Jonathan Quick of the Kings once again lived up to their reputations, with some stellar stops on the night. New York led the hit count 51-50 with Chris Kreider accounting for nine alone. The Rangers turned the screws early in overtime, pressuring the Kings who were forced to call their time out five minutes in after an icing. Lundqvist had to deal with a nasty tip before Kreider hit Quick and the post. With Kings forward Jeff Carter off for goalie interference, penalty killer King shot wide on a glorious chance. Kreider then shot wide on a breakaway. Lundqvist stopped Gaborik early in the second OT. Quick then had to make two rapid-fire saves, one off Rick Nash. After losing the opener, Vigneault challenged his players to bring their A game and they responded. Unlike Wednesday, the Rangers raised their game when Los Angeles pushed back. But the Kings refused to lie down, clawing their way back from a 4-2 deficit with two goals in the third period. With New York leading 2-0 after the first, there were four goals in an eventful second period that saw both teams trade goals while scoring two apiece. Three of the goals came in a 3:36 stretch -- including two in 11 seconds. Trailing 4-2 after two periods, the Kings narrowed the gap at 1:58 of the third with King tipping in a Matt Greene shot from the blue-line. The puck banged off King as he jousted with McDonagh in front of a helpless Lundqvist. Asked if Kings goal was the result of goalie interference, Vigneault said: "Ask the NHL." Lundqvist just asked for consistency in calls. Los Angeles pulled even at 7:36 with Gaborik beating Lundqvist for his 13th of the playoffs after McDonagh fell on a clearing attempt. The first period has belonged to New York in the post-season. The third has been the Kings domain. The Rangers have outscored their opposition 25-11 in the first period these playoffs. The Kings have outscored opponents 29-16 in the third. McDonagh opened the scoring at 10:48 with a shot from the point after a Williams giveaway behind the goal. Dominic Moore retrieved the puck and McDonaghs shot went through traffic, deflecting off Stoll for his fourth goal of the playoffs. Zuccarello extended the lead at 18:46 with his fifth goal, racing into the Los Angeles zone after a Matt Greene turnover at the New York blue-line. The Kings -- chasing the speedy Rangers -- couldnt clear the puck and Zuccarello beat Kopitar to the puck at the corner of the goal, stuffing it in after McDonaghs shot hit him. New York outshot the Kings 10-9 in a physical first period that saw L.A. outhit the Rangers 18-16. McDonagh went to the dressing room with a goal, an assist and three hits. Brown, the victim of a McDonagh cross-check in the period, was also getting his hands dirty with four hits. Stoll pulled one back at 1:46 of the second period after a Brad Richards turnover in his own end. Williams ended up with the puck, sending a backhand pass to Stoll with Quick sliding out of the goal after stopping a weak shot from the point. Stoll fired the shot past defenceman Kevin Klein for his third of the playoffs. As in Game 1, Los Angeles came on in the second, winning battles and banging bodies. St. Louis blunted the Kings comeback with a power-play goal at 11:24 with Los Angeles penalized for too many men on the ice. The Los Angeles defence was slow to react to an attack and Derek Stepan slid the puck over to St. Louis for a one-timer from his favourite spot at the faceoff circle. It was his seventh of the playoffs and the 40th of his post-season career (he is the 12th active player to reach the milestone). Mitchell trimmed the lead to 3-2 with a power-play goal at 14:39 on a shot from the blue-line as King screened Lundqvist. But the Rangers responded 11 seconds later, upping their lead to 4-2. Off the ensuing faceoff, the puck ended up behind the L.A. net from a shoot-in. Quick went to leave it for Mitchell, who flubbed the clearance. Zuccarello got the puck out to Brassard, who snapped home a wrist shot with Quick all turned around. It was his sixth of the playoffs. The sequence marked the fastest two goals in the Cup final in 67 years. The record is two goals in 10 seconds, set in 1936 and 1947. John Moore returned from his two-game suspension to join Klein on the Rangers third defensive pairing. But the Kings opted not to use veteran defenceman Robyn Regehr, who has been out injured since Game 1 of the Anaheim series. Nelson Briles . Nix is a career .218 hitter in 425 games over six seasons. The 31-year-old right-handed hitter batted .270 with a homer this spring for Tampa Bay. Bruce Sutter .C. -- The shot that would have beaten No.Mexico City, Mexico (SportsNetwork.com) - Christina Kim fired a second-round, 3-under 69 on Friday and she was able to hang on and maintain her 1-shot lead heading into the weekend at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Kim, who entered the day one shot ahead of Azahara Munoz, finished 36 holes at 10-under-par 134 at Club de Golf Mexico. Kim has not won on tour since taking home the Tournament of Champions title back in 2005. Paula Creamer was the biggest threat to Kim on Friday as she held the lead by herself at one point. Creamer finished the day with a 7-under 65 and she is alone in second at 9-under 135. Suzann Pettersen also had a strong day, shooting a 6-under 66 and jumping into a tie for third place with Pornanong Phatlum (68), 17-year-old LPGA Rookie of the Year Lydia Ko (69) and Munoz (71). World No. 1 Inbee Park is alone in 10th at 4-under 140 after a 70 on Friday, while world No. 2 Stacy Lewis (70) is tied for 27th at 2-over 146. Defending champion Lexi Thompson (72) is eight shots back at minus-2 and she is tied for 14th with four others. After going bogey free on day one, Kim tripped to a couple bogeys on Friday, but she was able to hold on to her lead. Kim started her day on fire, however, as she drained three birdies on her first four holes on one, two and four. Following a pair of pars on five and six, Kim dropped two shots in three holes with bogeys on seven and nine, putting her at 8-under as she made the turn. Kim was able to put her game in cruise control on the back nine. Following a trio of pars from 10, Kim made her fourth gain on the par-4 13th. Another pair of pars on 14 and 15 preceded Kims fifth and final birdie of the day on 16, which broke a tie with Creamer atop the leaderboard. Kim finished up with two pars to remain in the lead after 36 holes. Yesterday I was lucky enough to hhave two eagles so that immediately made the score a lot better. Mike Mayers. . And I had no bogeys yesterday, Kim said. Today I had two bogeys. Its just difficult when youre in the lead and theres such a fantastic field and everyones coming after you. Its been a while since Ive been in this position. And just trying to get back into it. Just enjoying myself. Creamer finished day one with a 2-under 70, but she made up for it with a very strong day on Friday. Creamer also began her day well with three birdies in her first four holes on one, three and four, getting her well into red numbers early. Following three straight pars from five, Creamer rolled in her fourth gain on the par-4 eighth before closing out the front nine with a par on nine. It was more of the same on the back side for Creamer. After another par on 10, Creamer made three more birdies in four holes on 11, 13 and 14. The birdie on 14 gave Creamer a lead at 9-under before Kim later made a gain on 13 to tie. Creamer ended her round strong with four straight pars to end one shot behind the leader after Kims final birdie on 16. I just have a lot of confidence, Creamer said about her putting. Im really, my routine and what I do when Im over the ball is the same every time. Its more about speed instead of thinking about my stroke or thinking about this. I know that its solid and weve been working really hard on that. Its more of a confidence and seeing the ball go in the hole. NOTES: Creamer finished runner-up to Michelle Wie at this event back in 2009 ... Creamer has one win this season at the HSBC Womens Champions ... Wie (69) is eight shots behind the leader Kim at 2-under 142 through two rounds ... After making eagles on two and 17 Thursday, Kim played those two holes at 1- under with one birdie Friday. ' ' '
Team Canada skated to a 6-2 win over the Czech Republic in Montreal on Tuesday but lost defenceman Aaron Ekblad in the process. Paul Martha Jersey Store . Ekblad was on the receiving end of a ferocious hit at the Czech Republic blue line in the third period, was wobbly on his skates as he left the ice and did not return. After the game, Ekblad was seen walking around and joking with teammates. He will be re-evaluated on Wednesday. Ekblad was drafted first overall by the Florida Panthers at the NHL Draft in June. Haydn Fleury, Anthony Duclair, Frederik Gauthier each had a goal and an assist for Canada while Sam Reinhart, Curtis Lazar and Nicholas Paul also scored for Canada. Zachary Fucale stopped all nine shots he faced in the Canadian net while Tristan Jarry made five saves on seven shots in relief of Fucale. Highly touted prospect Connor McDavid was not in the lineup. Canada faces Russia on Wednesday and you can watch all the live action exclusively on TSN.ca and TSN GO at 7pm et/4pm pt. Richard Bell Jersey Store .com) - Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending May 11. Mike Nott Jersey Store .ca! There is plenty of blame to be shared as a result of the most recent NHL player (Pittsburghs Brooks Orpik) to be evacuated from the ice on a stretcher following an ugly incident Saturday night in Boston.PHILADELPHIA - Right-winger Linden Vey was traded to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday by the Los Angeles Kings for the 50th overall pick. The 22-year-old Vey had five assists in 18 games for Los Angeles last season. He had 55 goals and 103 assists over three season with the Manchester Monarchs, the Kiings American Hockey League affiliate. Dave Pacella Jersey Store . Vancouver acquired the 50th pick in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday. The Canucks sent defenceman Jason Garrison, the rights to forward Jeff Costello and a seventh-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft to Tampa in return. ' ' '