Rangers see off Kings

The New York Rangers kept the Stanley Cup finals alive on Wednesday night 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.