Lewis: Not an ideal showing, but Kings will take win
Los Angeles Kings forward Trevor Lewis will be blogging for NHL.com throughout the Stanley Cup Final, offering his insight on what is happening inside the walls of his team's locker room and within the confines of the rink.
LOS ANGELES -- That was definitely not the way we want to come out and start a game. The New York Rangers came out flying tonight and I think we were sitting back on our heels.
Once we kind of got into it, we established our game better. I think we've got a lot of veteran guys who talk on the bench and talk in the dressing room between periods, and they were letting everyone know to calm down and to get back to the way we know how to play.
I think [Kyle Clifford]'s goal was a huge goal for us. It was a real confidence boost after we got down. It was big for him too to come up big for us. We got that first goal, and then we got it going a little bit better.
Drew [Doughty] scored to tie the game with a great goal. He's one-of-a-kind. Not many people can make that kind of play.
It was a great play by [Justin Williams] to have patience with the puck and make the pass, then Drew does his thing and finds a way to put it in.
We still weren't playing our best hockey by any means and we needed to come out have a better third period and we did. [Jonathan Quick] made a huge save for us on that breakaway by Carl Hagelin near the end to get us to overtime.
During the intermission you just get hydrated and get a little snack in you and get ready to go again. It's just one goal in overtime. We've been there before.
It seems like every time we need it, [Williams] comes up big for us and scores a big goal. He did it again for us tonight.
We just found a way to win and claw our way out that one. For the next couple days, we just rest up and go over the things we need to clean up and try to get better for Game 2.
They've got a lot of speed, and I'm sure we going to see video of all the odd-man rushes and chances we gave up. We've got to make sure we pay attention to that and clean it up for the next game.
Author: Trevor Lewis | Special to NHL.com