Kings Take Game 1 In OT – NHL Roundup
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Williams scored 4:36 into overtime after a turnover by Dan Girardi, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Wednesday night in the Stanley Cup finals opener. It's the third straight year that Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals has gone overtime.
Williams was left alone in the slot after Girardi's pass from his knees went straight to Mike Richards. Williams put his eighth goal of the postseason past Henrik Lundqvist, who made 40 saves and nearly stole a series-opening win for the Rangers.
Jonathan Quick made 25 saves for the Kings. The Kings moved one victory closer to their second Stanley Cup title in three years after a hair-raising finals opener.
Game 2 is Saturday at Staples Center.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NHL and the players' union are deep in conversations about staging another World Cup of Hockey in two years.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league and the NHLPA have held "very substantive discussions" recently about the return of the tournament, which hasn't been held since 2004.
Bettman says the plans aren't "fully baked," but the hockey world has been talking for months about the return of the potentially lucrative summer tournament, likely in September 2016.