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2014 Stanley Cup Finals

The Rangers’ Dan Girardi, left, battles the Kings’ Kyle Clifford along the boards during the first period of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden on June 11, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Nightmare Moments Aside, Girardi’s Perseverance Pays Off For Rangers

The dreaded two-goal lead. The Rangers had made blowing it an art form before Wednesday night’s Game 4 at Madison Square Garden.


The Kings’ Justin Williams causes havoc against the Rangers during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 7, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Silverman: Kings’ Williams Proof You Don’t Have To Be Superstar To Be Playoff Stud

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 Rangers’ Dan Girardi slides into the net against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden on June 9, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Brutal Puck Luck Is Totally Killing Snake-Bitten Rangers

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 of the New York Rangers looks on from the bench during the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Dec. 31, 2011 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Keenan Destroys Rangers In Aftermath Of Demoralizing Game 3 Failure

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.


Rangers center Mark Messier advances the puck during a game against the Washington Capitals at the MCI Center on March 18, 2004. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Messier On WFAN: Rangers Should Still Feel Good Despite 0-2 Hole

Don’t count Mark Messier as one of the many who think the Stanley Cup Final is already over.


The Rangers’ Rick Nash, left, collides with the Kings’ Jake Muzzin during Game 1 of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Staples Center on June 4, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Since Nash Won’t, Stepan And Kreider Must Try To Outmuscle Kings

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’ Mats Zuccarello, bottom, battles the Kings’ Dustin Brown for a loose puck during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 4, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Rangers’ Depth Needs To Show Up — And The Sooner The Better

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.


Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images), Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Silverman: Quick Is Very Good, But Lundqvist Is Better And Playing Like 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 (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Dolan On WFAN: I Have No Problem Deferring To Experts Sather, Jackson

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.


Henrik Lundqvist, center, celebrates with teammate Dan Girardi, left, and Ryan McDonagh after the Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals at Madison Square Garden on May 29, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Silverman: They’ll Find A Way — Rangers In 7! Rangers In 7! Rangers In 7!

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.


Rangers winger Daniel Carcillo rips a shot against the Lightning at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 14, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Carcillo’s Suspension Sliced To 6 Games, Can Return For Game 4 Of Finals

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.


Marian Gaborik of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates with his teammates after scoring the game-tying goal against the Chicago Blackhawks in the third period during Game 7 of the Western Conference  finals on June 1, 2014 in Chicago. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Silverman: Big, Powerful Kings Will Be A Massive Test For Rangers

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.


Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, bottom, makes acrobatic save on the Canadiens’ Thomas Vanek during the second period of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on May 29, 2014, in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Anatomy Of ‘The Save': Rangers’ Lundqvist Breaks It Down On WFAN

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.”


The New York Rangers celebrate after defeating the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 to advance to the Stanley Cup finals. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Silverman: Western Conference Foe Better Not Sleep On These Rangers

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.


Martin St. Louis, left, and Brad Richards celebrate after the Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 on May 29, 2014, to advance to the Stanley Cup finals. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Richards, St. Louis No Strangers To Willing Teams To Greatness

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.