This is how close Kings were to tying Rangers in Game 4

New York Rangers centre Derek Stepan pushes the puck underneath goalie Henrik Lundqvist during Game...

New York Rangers centre Derek Stepan pushes the puck underneath goalie Henrik Lundqvist during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final against the Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden in New York, June 11, 2014. (BRUCE BENNETT/Pool/USA Today)

Bruce Garrioch, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:27 AM ET

NEW YORK - The Los Angeles Kings could only shake their heads and wonder.

Not once, but twice there were pucks that sitting on the goal line behind a sprawling New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. First a shot by Alec Martinez didn’t cross the line in the first period and then Derek Stepan pushed a puck on the line underneath Lundqvist in the dying minutes.

That’s how close the Kings were to tying Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final instead of losing 2-1 Wednesday.

“It happens,” said Kings captain Dustin Brown.

Yes, and the Rangers will take it.

“I had a great view on the last one,” said Rangers defenceman Dan Girardi. “I was by the post with (Anze) Kopitar. I was just holding my breath there kind of spinning and staying by the line.

“(Stepan), Lundqvist and all those guys in the crease did a great job to keep it out of the crease.”

Stepan had to think pretty quickly.

“Obviously I just don’t want it to go into the net,” said Stepan. “I was just trying to do whatever I can to stop it. After I pushed it back under (Lundqvist), I just don’t know where it’s going or what’s going to happen. It’s kind of a lucky play.”

Maybe the luck in this series is starting to head in the Rangers’ direction.

“I’ve been in the game long enough to know that sometimes the hockey gods are there. They were there (Wednesday),” said Rangers’ coach Alain Vigneault.


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