The Kings got all the bounces in the first three games. Or as Henrik Lundqvist calls it, “puck luck.” The Rangers had more than their share of it Wednesday.
The Rangers played right into the hands of the Kings in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals. They took a 2-0 lead in the first 15 minutes and were shut down by Jonathan Quick the rest of the way.
The Los Angeles Kings’ seven-game struggle in the first round exemplified their modus operandi over the last few years — rise to the occasion when it matters most, and, when it’s least expected. But why don’t we expect it?
Who’s primed to lift the Stanley Cup at season’s end? Hartnett has readied his fearless NHL predictions for the 2013 season.
The NHL’s return will bring fierce competition for playoff spots, faces in new places and two legends going for one last glory.
Bryce Salvador has taken his game to new heights, allowing the Devils to continue their Stanley Cup Final fight back against the Kings.
New Jersey simply cannot match ammunition with a loaded Los Angeles Kings’ roster.
Colorful play-by-play voice Doc Emrick said it best Wednesday night: “The goaltenders have been sparkling.”
Roughly two years ago, the Devils and Kings were the finalists for then-free agent Ilya Kovalchuk. Wednesday night, the teams will start fighting for a much bigger prize, the Stanley Cup.
For Devils fans, this is not the same team that New Jersey defeated twice in the regular season.
A great road playoff run has the Los Angeles Kings in a place they haven’t been since the Great One was skating in Southern California.
New York superiority? Not in this case. The Kings have all the elements that you want in a hockey team. They have a powerhouse of a team that is threatening to make the playoffs a shambles.