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LOS ANGELES – 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."