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Girardi's defensive miscue leads to Williams' OT goal as Rangers lose Game 1

  • New York Rangers left wing Benoit Pouliot, right, celebrates his goal with right wing Mats Zuccarello, of Norway, against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    New York Rangers left wing Benoit Pouliot, right, celebrates his goal with right wing Mats Zuccarello, of Norway, against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello, left, of Norway, knocks the puck away from Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter during the third period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello, left, of Norway, knocks the puck away from Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter during the third period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden, can't stop Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams overtime goal in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden, can't stop Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams overtime goal in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

The New York Rangers played right into the hands of the resilient Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals.

They took a 2-0 lead in the first 15 minutes and were shut down by Jonathan Quick the rest of the way.

Defenseman Dan Girardi made a critical blunder in his own zone and Justin Williams whipped the puck past Henrik Lundqvist at 4:36 of overtime, sending the frustrated Rangers to a 3-2 loss.

Girardi said the puck bounced on him, and then "I kind of got down to one knee and I'm just thinking about getting it to the wall. But the guy was there and made a smart play. You can't give Justin Williams a shot like that. He's pretty clutch in the playoffs."