The Rangers third goal will make all the highlight, or lowlight, films, Ryan McDonagh's 180-foot shorthanded clearing pass/bank shot off the right boards that Kings netminder Jonathan Quick totally misplayed at 4:39 of the third period here in Staples Center. It was a moment that left 18,118 fans and players and media stunned, scratching noggins and looking for a replay.
“I didn’t watch it (after I shot)," said McDonagh. "I’m still trying to get the full story."
"You have to feel for him (Quick), it happens," said Henrik Lundqvist. "But we'll take it."
Brian Boyle, awarded an assist, called it a "set play."
Quick went out to the right circle to stop the puck, got down low, but lost his stick, and the puck caromed off his pad and slid sideways and back, into the vacated net.
McDonagh said it was "a good sign" that the Rangers were able to get a lead and along with Lundqvist, hold it under pressure in the third, when the Kings had 14 shots.