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The Los Angeles Kings were this close to tying the New York Rangers late in the third period of Game 4.Henrik Lundqvist, who faced 41 shots, including a lopsided third period in which the Kings outshot the home side 15-1, was both brilliant and incredibly lucky — yes, there’s that word again — in erecting a wall that just barely held, allowing the New York Rangers a 2-1 victory that let them live to see another day in the Stanley Cup final.Read the story here. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Kings were this close to tying the New York Rangers late in the third period of Game 4.

Henrik Lundqvist, who faced 41 shots, including a lopsided third period in which the Kings outshot the home side 15-1, was both brilliant and incredibly lucky — yes, there’s that word again — in erecting a wall that just barely held, allowing the New York Rangers a 2-1 victory that let them live to see another day in the Stanley Cup final.

Read the story here. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

One game into the New York-Los Angeles Stanley Cup final, we’ve already had plenty of celebrity sightings. Here are Will Ferrell and Larry David at Game 1 between the Rangers and Kings at the Staples Center. The Kings won 3-2 in overtime. (Photos by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

'It hurts more when you're close': Max Pacioretty was sitting with his hands on his thighs in a quiet corner of a quiet dressing room. Discarded balls of hockey tape were on both sides of where he sat, a used white towel was crumpled on a seat nearby, speckled with someone’s blood.

Max Pacioretty was sitting with his hands on his thighs in a quiet corner of a quiet dressing room. Discarded balls of hockey tape were on both sides of where he sat, a used white towel was crumpled on a seat nearby, speckled with someone’s blood.

“It hurts,” said Canadiens coach Michel Therrien. “And it hurts more when you’re close.” (Photos: Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press, Frank Franklin II/The Associated Press)

New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said he does not expect the NHL will suspend defenceman John Moore for a hit that knocked an opponent woozy on Tuesday night.The NHL has a hearing with Moore on Wednesday, the day after he caught Montreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise with a hard, high body check in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final.Moore was ejected from the game.“I don’t see what else it could warrant,” Vigneault told reporters before flying with the team back to New York on Wednesday. “But I’ve been surprised before.”Moore appeared to drive his shoulder into Weise’s head in the third period.“The guy was admiring his pass a little bit,” Vigneault said. (Photo: Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)

New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said he does not expect the NHL will suspend defenceman John Moore for a hit that knocked an opponent woozy on Tuesday night.

The NHL has a hearing with Moore on Wednesday, the day after he caught Montreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise with a hard, high body check in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final.

Moore was ejected from the game.

“I don’t see what else it could warrant,” Vigneault told reporters before flying with the team back to New York on Wednesday. “But I’ve been surprised before.”

Moore appeared to drive his shoulder into Weise’s head in the third period.

“The guy was admiring his pass a little bit,” Vigneault said. (Photo: Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)

In the basement of her home in small-town Saskatchewan, Darlene Tokarski would roll up a pair of socks — usually a pair of her husband’s sturdy work socks — and fire away at her young son. He demanded that she play, and that he be the goaltender in a game they came to call “sockball.”
It was all Dustin Tokarski wanted to do.
“I could get him to do anything for sockball,” Darlene said on Friday. “Clean his room. Rake leaves. Do this. Do that. It was, ‘well, as soon as you do this, we’ll play sockball.’ And it was done.’ ”
Sockball evolved into hockey, and hockey evolved into an obsession, one that has carried him through a career marked by international victories, professional disappointment and, within the last week, a burst of stardom and opportunity. The sockball veteran is making a name for himself in the National Hockey League playoffs.
(Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)

In the basement of her home in small-town Saskatchewan, Darlene Tokarski would roll up a pair of socks — usually a pair of her husband’s sturdy work socks — and fire away at her young son. He demanded that she play, and that he be the goaltender in a game they came to call “sockball.”

It was all Dustin Tokarski wanted to do.

“I could get him to do anything for sockball,” Darlene said on Friday. “Clean his room. Rake leaves. Do this. Do that. It was, ‘well, as soon as you do this, we’ll play sockball.’ And it was done.’ ”

Sockball evolved into hockey, and hockey evolved into an obsession, one that has carried him through a career marked by international victories, professional disappointment and, within the last week, a burst of stardom and opportunity. The sockball veteran is making a name for himself in the National Hockey League playoffs.

(Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Derek Stepan played through a broken jaw on Thursday night, logging more than 17 minutes of ice time despite suffering the injury on a late and dangerous hit in the first period, according to his coach.Alain Vigneault said the 23-year-old was undergoing surgery on Friday, and that the team did not know he had broken his jaw until after the game. It is not known if Stepan will be available to play again in the Eastern Conference final, with Vigneault saying “we’ll have an idea of the time frame tomorrow.”Stepan absorbed a hard, high hit from Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust in the first period of Game 3. He left the game, but returned a few minutes later.Prust was not penalized on the play, but has a phone hearing scheduled with the NHL on Friday afternoon. The revelation of Stepan’s injury will likely play a role in the severity of any supplementary discipline he might receive. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Derek Stepan played through a broken jaw on Thursday night, logging more than 17 minutes of ice time despite suffering the injury on a late and dangerous hit in the first period, according to his coach.

Alain Vigneault said the 23-year-old was undergoing surgery on Friday, and that the team did not know he had broken his jaw until after the game. It is not known if Stepan will be available to play again in the Eastern Conference final, with Vigneault saying “we’ll have an idea of the time frame tomorrow.”

Stepan absorbed a hard, high hit from Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust in the first period of Game 3. He left the game, but returned a few minutes later.

Prust was not penalized on the play, but has a phone hearing scheduled with the NHL on Friday afternoon. The revelation of Stepan’s injury will likely play a role in the severity of any supplementary discipline he might receive. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Photos: Rangers rally past Devils in outdoor game at Yankee StadiumAfter sun reflecting off the ice delayed the first hockey game at Yankee Stadium, the New York Rangers and pinstriped goalie Henrik Lundqvist beat the New Jersey Devils 7-3 in snow and cold Sunday.Rick Nash scored for the fifth straight game, and the New York Rangers used a four-goal second period to take the lead for good.The temperature was 24.9 degrees Fahrenheit when the first puck dropped at 1:41 p.m. in front of a sellout crowd of 50,105.Yankee Stadium’s second hockey game will take place on Wednesday night when the Rangers will again be the road team in a matchup with the New York Islanders. (Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Photos: Rangers rally past Devils in outdoor game at Yankee Stadium
After sun reflecting off the ice delayed the first hockey game at Yankee Stadium, the New York Rangers and pinstriped goalie Henrik Lundqvist beat the New Jersey Devils 7-3 in snow and cold Sunday.

Rick Nash scored for the fifth straight game, and the New York Rangers used a four-goal second period to take the lead for good.

The temperature was 24.9 degrees Fahrenheit when the first puck dropped at 1:41 p.m. in front of a sellout crowd of 50,105.

Yankee Stadium’s second hockey game will take place on Wednesday night when the Rangers will again be the road team in a matchup with the New York Islanders. (Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Brad Marchand scored with 4:20 left in the first overtime and the Boston Bruins beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in the first playoff game in 40 years between the Original Six teams.
Marchand, Boston’s top goal scorer in the regular season, got his first of the post-season on a pass from Patrice Bergeron. Marchand had carried the puck up the right side, passed it to Bergeron and kept going toward the net. Bergeron passed across the slot and Marchand tipped it past goalie Henrik Lundqvist from the left side of the crease.
The Bruins carried the play throughout overtime. They applied constant pressure, but couldn’t score during a power play when Derek Dorsett was penalized for interference at 2:20 of overtime.

Brad Marchand scored with 4:20 left in the first overtime and the Boston Bruins beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in the first playoff game in 40 years between the Original Six teams.

Marchand, Boston’s top goal scorer in the regular season, got his first of the post-season on a pass from Patrice Bergeron. Marchand had carried the puck up the right side, passed it to Bergeron and kept going toward the net. Bergeron passed across the slot and Marchand tipped it past goalie Henrik Lundqvist from the left side of the crease.

The Bruins carried the play throughout overtime. They applied constant pressure, but couldn’t score during a power play when Derek Dorsett was penalized for interference at 2:20 of overtime.

Scary moment: Marc Staal takes a puck to the face

New York is riding high on a three-game winning streak, but instead of being able to fully celebrate their good fortune and the improved play of their newest star, the Rangers are holding their breath as they wait for medical news regarding key defenceman Marc Staal.

Rick Nash broke a third-period tie and added an insurance goal in the Rangers’ 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. Any feelings of euphoria were greatly lessened because of concern regarding Staal, who appeared to be struck in the right eye by a deflected puck 5:45 into the third.

“I just looked at it. It’s scary,” said subdued Rangers coach John Tortorella, who hadn’t gotten an update on Staal’s condition. (Photos: Frank Franklin II/The Associated Press)

This is a photo painting by George Kalinsky of New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. It is one of six iconic photos by Kalinsky, the legendary Madison Square Garden photographer, being auctioned to help fulfill the dreams of children facing obstacles. Madison Square Garden Company says all net proceeds from the one-of-a-kind, signed artworks of sports and entertainment figures will benefit the Garden of Dreams Foundation. (AP Photo/Madison Square Garden Company, George Kalinsky)

This is a photo painting by George Kalinsky of New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. It is one of six iconic photos by Kalinsky, the legendary Madison Square Garden photographer, being auctioned to help fulfill the dreams of children facing obstacles. Madison Square Garden Company says all net proceeds from the one-of-a-kind, signed artworks of sports and entertainment figures will benefit the Garden of Dreams Foundation. (AP Photo/Madison Square Garden Company, George Kalinsky)