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Martinez’s late goal lifts Kings over Rangers

Alec Martinez is evil. I know we all think it, but I said it. He’s evil, he doesn’t like New Yorkers, and I’m pretty sure I saw him kick a puppy once. He ended the Rangers’ hopes at a win yesterday, scoring with less than a minute remaining in the third period to give the Kings a 4-3 win.

The Rangers had a 2-0 lead to start the game on two good hustle goals by Namesnikov and DeAngelo, two players in desperate need of a kickstart to their season. But the Rangers allowed the Kings to claw back, despite the heroics of Henrik Lundqvist and his 36 save performance.  In the end, the Rangers fell just short, yet again.

Rangers 1, Kings 0

Vlad Namestnikov made a good cut here to the net, but got shoved from behind into Jack Campbell. This was ruled a good goal, and that was the right call. Namestnikov was going to be skating around Campbell, albeit close to him. Trevor Lewis knocked him into Campbell, thus the goal was allowed to stand.

Rangers 2, Kings 0

Tony DeAngelo scored in his first game back, and it was on a great hustle play. He beat Derek Forbort to the loose puck behind the net and got a few lucky bounces and it wound up behind Campbell.

Rangers 2, Kings 1

At first glance, it looks like Dustin Brown was left open by Marc Staal. However Staal was caught between a rock and a hard place here. Jeff Carter was in front, behind Neal PIonk (challenging the shooter) and Staal. Jesper Fast wasn’t down to cover quick enough, and Staal half covered Carter and half covered Brown. It didn’t work.

Rangers 2, Kings 2

The Kings moved the puck nicely on this powerplay. Jeff Carter moves from the post to the slot, which was a brief hole in the coverage, as the puck position meant both defensemen were a little low in coverage focusing Dustin Brown in front. That drew the attention of Mika Zibanejad as the puck went cross ice, who went down to cover Carter. Ilya Kovalchuk read this and moved lower from the point. He one-timed Drew Doughty’s pass by Lundqvist.

Kings 3, Rangers 2

Jesper Fast had Trevor Lewis here, then didn’t? He didn’t just leave him, but he didn’t tie him up here. Fast usually doesn’t make these kinds of mistakes.

Rangers 3, Kings 3

Ryan Spooner received an almost perfect pass from DeAngelo here. He had all day to get this by Campbell for a powerplay goal.

Kings 4, Rangers 3

I hate Alec Martinez. This release through the Brendan Smith screen caught Hank by surprise.

Another game, another loss. Such is life in a rebuild. The Red Wings –and funny enough, the Kings– are the only teams keeping the Rangers out of the cellar right now. Next up is San Jose late Tuesday night. Hey, at least one of these games on the west coast trip was at a watchable time.