Kings of the Mountain

Published on June 10th, 2014


LA Kings win in New York to go up 3-0 in Stanley Cup Final

by Russ Cohen

New York — The Stanley Cup Final was finally back in New York. For almost 20 minutes, after 20 years, the feeling was electric to start until the Jeff Carter goal. It came with less than a second left on the clock. When the goal went in, the human eye saw the red and the green lights but replay told the story. Players then had to come back out on the ice for .07 seconds and the hometown fans were stunned.

Fans never picture something like that happening. Hope had left the building based on the blown leads from the previous games. As far as Ranger fans were concerned they would still hope for the best but after a few early penalties in the second period, the Kings Jake Muzzin got the second goal of the game at the 4:17 mark and the air was officially out of the building. Mike Richards added the third and final goal at the 17:14 mark and by that point all there was left to do was watch Connecticut’s Jonathan Quick, make some great saves in his first-ever game at MSG. He stopped all 32 shots. His counterpart, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 12 of 15 and wasn’t razor sharp.

“He was obviously their best player on the ice tonight,” said Rangers coach, Alain Vigneault.

The only stat that mattered was the Rangers 0-6 on the power play. Rick Nash did get back on the power play and created a chance or two but nothing that would matter. The Kings had a game plan and ran it to perfection.

“We controlled the neutral zone, we got pucks in behind their D and that was our game plan,” said Kings veteran Jarret Stoll.

Previous to this game the Rangers had never relinquished the lead in regulation play. A truly meaningless stat but the bigger pre-game question was, how would they play from behind? That answer came in the form of undisciplined penalties that gassed the team and a truly stale, stationary power play.

Rangers players say they aren’t getting the bounces.

“We’re not sure why it’s happening but we have to keep working ourselves and work hard and the bounces will come our way. It all just comes down to we have to win one game and we’ll go from here,” said Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi.

Game 4 is Wednesday night at MSG. Champagne and Stanley should be in the building. Whether or not they make an appearance is the real question.

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Mike Richards after the Kings win | Source:  Russ Cohen

Mike Richards after the Kings win | Source: Russ Cohen

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