Rangers beat Kings 2-1, stay alive in Cup finals

Kings head back to LA without Stanley Cup as Rangers avert sweep with 2-1 win in Game 4

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New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36), at right, and left wing Benoit Pouliot (67) react after Pouliot scored a goal against the Los Angeles Kings in the first period during Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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New York Rangers center Brad Richards (19) vies for the puck against Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin (6) in the first period during Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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New York Rangers left wing Benoit Pouliot (67) redirects the puck past Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) for a goal as Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin (6) looks on in the first period during Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) hits the ice with Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23) in the second period during Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23) moves to score on New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) in the second period during Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves and Benoit Pouliot and Martin St. Louis each scored as the New York Rangers kept the Los Angeles Kings at bay with a 2-1 victory in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday.

The Kings lead the series 3-1 and will get their second shot to claim the Cup for the second time in three years Friday night at home.

The Kings had champagne at the ready but didn't get the chance to pop the corks. Los Angeles hoped to become the first team since 1998 to complete a sweep in the finals.

Twice Los Angeles put the puck on the goal line, but couldn't get it all the way across. The last came with 1:11 left in the game.