Matt Greene moved a step closer to winning the Stanley Cup for a second time and Evan Trupp moved a step closer to winning the Kelly Cup on Saturday night.
For the third game in a row, Greene and the Kings trailed by two goals, but managed to rally and win in overtime. This time, it was Dustin Brown with the game-winner to give Los Angeles a 2-0 series lead on the New York Rangers.
Greene played 16:12 in Game 2, registering one assist and an even rating. So far in the playoffs, Los Angeles is 11-6 with Greene in the lineup and 3-3 without him, but there’s a chance that Greene will be out for Game 3 on Monday in New York.
Defenseman Robyn Regehr appears to be getting close to returning from injury and Greene has been the sixth defenseman.
Greene had a rough start to Saturday’s game with a turnover at the blue line and a defensive mix-up leading to Ranger goals. But he helped get one back when his point shot hit the leg of Dwight King to cut New York’s lead to 4-3 in the third. The Kings tied it soon after that.
Meanwhile, in the ECHL, the Alaska Aces went up 3-2 in the series against the Cincinnati Cyclones. Trupp had seven shots on goal but didn’t register any points in the game. The Aces have a chance to win the Kelly Cup on Monday night in the same arena where Connor Gaarder scored a double overtime goal to send UND to the Frozen Four this season.