2014 Stanley Cup Finals Magic Moments

Published on June 13th, 2014

by Russ Cohen

New York – It was shortly after the New York Rangers managed to close out a 2-1 win against the very formidable Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.  To those who think the Kings wanted to wait to win it on home ice, I say – no way.  Henrik Lundqvist had to make 40 saves including the one where the puck stopped on the line of snow he surely built up during the game.

The Kings had all guns blazing in this game.  They flew in 160 friends and family just in case.  The cases of Moet went back to LA and even if it was temporary the Rangers felt good about themselves and now who knows if that will carry over.

“When you are in a hole, like we were, down three, you just have to take it one at a time.  We just worried about this one tonight and now we’ll start to focus on the next one in LA,” said Rick Nash, who only has three tallies on 81 shots in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Lundqvist divulged in the post-game that the thought of the Kings celebrating a Cup victory on his team’s ice “made him sick to his stomach.”  That shows the kind of competitor he is and you can bet he won’t make it easy for the Kings in Game 5.

Jonathan Quick has been the best goalie in the Stanley Cup playoffs.  His long-legged split saves are a 21st century homage to Mike Richter, who served as a blueprint for the goalie from Connecticut.  Quick is now looking for a second Stanley Cup ring.

Kings head coach, Darryl Sutter is the “nice” guy who never gives an answer in his interviews.  Is it by design or is that just his personality?  It’s hard to tell but so far he’s handled his team perfectly.

“Try to win a game.  We played in front of some unbelievable fans tonight, too.  We were trying to win tonight, too.  I don’t think you look any further than that,” said Sutter.

Did he realize he wasn’t playing a home game?  Well he talked about the fans at MSG who were extremely loud, waving towels, and they finally got a few home goals to cheer about in the Cup Final.

I think the Rangers have a small chance of returning to MSG for a Game 6.  I think the Kings played a near perfect game but the Rangers ratcheted up theirs as well.  It’s going to come down to the players on the ice and not the coaches.  We’ve seen Mike Rupp become a Stanley Cup hero for a game-winning goal in 2003.  Who’s next?

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kings head coach Darryl Sutter | Source:  Russ Cohen

Kings head coach Darryl Sutter | Source: Russ Cohen

 

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