NHL: The New York Rangers win Game Four of the Stanley Cup final

Last Updated: 12/06/14 6:58am

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Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi  celebrate

Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi celebrate

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The New York Rangers kept the Stanley Cup finals alive with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Game Four at Madison Square Garden.

Benoit Pouliot opened the scoring in the first period and Martin St Louis' wrist shot at 06:27 in the second doubled the home team's advantage.

Dustin Brown reduced the deficit just over two minutes later, but Los Angeles - looking to secure the cup for the second time in three years - could not find a leveller. Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves for the Rangers.

The Kings had hoped to become the first team since Detroit in 1998 to complete a sweep in the finals, but had to settle for taking a 3-1 lead into Game Five in Los Angeles on Friday.

"They threw everything they had at us. Our goaltender stood tall, gave us a chance," said New York head coach Alain Vigneault.

"He had to make some huge saves in the second and the third.  He got, and we got, a few bounces. You need those. Maybe the luck is changing a little bit."

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