2014 Stanley Cup Finals
The dreaded two-goal lead. The Rangers had made blowing it an art form before Wednesday night’s Game 4 at Madison Square Garden.
What has made the Kings so dangerous in the Stanley Cup Final – and the preceding three rounds as well – is that they are loaded with finishers on their roster — and they have actually finished.
The record will show that the Rangers lost 3-0 on Monday night, but they were not outplayed. They dominated for several stretches, but simply could not get the puck by Jonathan Quick.
Mike Keenan is in that rare position where his criticism holds weight. It comes off as a lot more than simple frustration or armchair quarterbacking that fans and many in the media are known for.
Don’t count Mark Messier as one of the many who think the Stanley Cup Final is already over.
The Rangers’ Most Important Line Took A Beating In Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. That cannot happen again if the Blueshirts are really serious about beating the Kings.
The Rangers had the Kings on the ropes in Game 1, and needed just a bit more finish and a bit more grit to take home-ice advantage away from the Western Conference champions. They never got it.
As the puck drops in just a few hours for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Rangers and the Kings, hockey fans should be set for the finest puck-stopping matchup in recent memory.
James Dolan says he has an appreciation for just how difficult it is to build a championship team, which is why he hopes he has in Phil Jackson what he’s had for years in Glen Sather — someone who knows what he’s doing.
The New York Rangers got the break they needed when Alec Martinez’s wrist shot from the point deflected off Chicago defenseman Nick Leddy and into the net past Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford.
Dan Carcillo appealed his 10-game suspension and the league decided Tuesday that his actions were more line with trying to escape an official’s grasp than physical abuse.
The Kings are a talented team that has played brilliantly in the postseason. They won the seventh game on the road in three consecutive series, and head coach Daryl Sutter has his team playing at the peak of its power.
It was the turning point of the game, and ultimately helped springboard the Rangers into the Stanley Cup finals. Among the Blueshirts’ faithful it will simply be known as “the save.”
There will be ample opportunity to diagnose the finals between now and puck drop next Wednesday, but the one thing we know is that the Rangers will not be easily dismissed no matter who they face.
Ten years after leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to their first Stanley Cup championship, veteran Rangers teammates Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis are ready for an encore.