Dean Hopkins scored on a five-foot shot off a pass from Andre St. Laurent with 2:44 remaining to give the host Los Angeles Kings a 5-4 victory over the New York Rangers in a fight-marred game that evened the best-of-five Stanley Cup playoff series at one game each.

The third and fourth games are Saturday and Sunday in New York.

The Rangers had come back from a 4-2 deficit in the third period to tie on goals by Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson.

Dave Taylor, who assisted on the first two Kings goal, gave Los Angeles a 3-1 lead at 15:04 of the second period but New York narrowed the deficit to 3-2 on a goal by Ron Duguay 1:30 later.

Los Angeles made it 4-2 on a goal by veteran Billy Harris early in the third period off a pass from Dionne before the Rangers tied it on Hedberg's powerplay goal at 7:01 and Nilsson's rebound at 11:17.

The Kings outshot the Rangers, 39-27.

The wild brawl that included 15 separate fights erupted at the close of the first period and resulted in a record 43 penalties, 229 penalty minutes and six game misconducts. There were 267 penalty minutes in the game. m

The 43 first-period penalties surpassed the old NHL playoff mark set last year by the New York Islanders and Boston Bruins. The Rangers' 24 first-period penalties also set a Stanley Cup record, surpassing the mark set by the Atlanta Flames in 1979.