Stanley Cup final returns to LA with title still undecided

Thu Jun 12, 2014 3:28pm EDT
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By Julian Linden

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Kings returned home on Thursday with their celebration plans still on ice after the New York Rangers staved off elimination in Game Four to send the Stanley Cup Final back to the West Coast.

The Kings always knew they would be returning to California after Wednesday's Game Four but had hoped they would be doing so with a second National Hockey League title already in the bag.

But after winning the first three games of the best-of-seven final, the Kings' clinching celebration was put on hold when the Rangers edged them 2-1 in Wednesday's thriller at Madison Square Garden.

The Kings now have a chance to clinch the title on home ice in Game Five on Friday and are keen to wrap up the series and deny the Rangers a chance to get on a roll.

"We are trying to close out the series," said Los Angeles rookie forward Tanner Pearson. We knew they were going to come with a big push.

"We've been in this position before. We know what they are going to bring and that kind of helps us prepare ourselves for that."

The Kings won the Stanley Cup for the first time two years ago when they finished off the New Jersey Devils at home in Game Six after winning the first three games.

The Kings dominated the Rangers on Wednesday, outshooting the Bueshirts 15-1 in the last period, but could not find a way to beat New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who made 40 saves.   Continued...

Jun 11, 2014; New York, NY, USA; (EDITORS NOTE: caption correction) The puck stops on the goal line behind New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) , center Derek Stepan (21) and defenseman Dan Girardi (5) during the third period in game four of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden.  Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports