“We didn’t want to see the Cup coming out on our home ice,” Lundqvist said. “Just the thought of it would make me sick.”
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.
After a forgettable performance last week, so bad in fact we didn’t even deem it worthy to post on the website, Al Dukes was back at it again Wednesday.
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.
The last thing the Rangers needed to do was help the Kings score. New York did so on all three goals in Monday night’s Stanley Cup finals game at MSG.
Jonathan Quick looked right at home on the road inside MSG. One more night like this, and the Connecticut native will be able to skate with the Cup under the bright lights of Broadway.
For this list of men, it isn’t enough to excel at the sport of their choice. These guys must also excel off the field by dressing in killer clothes, marrying major babes and rubbing shoulders with the elite.
Whenever the Rangers have reached what appears to be their breaking point, they have found a way of turning their emotion into a rallying spirit and driven focus.
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.
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.
It’s LA vs. NYC. It’s Quick vs. Lundqvist. It’s west coast vs. east coast and with that being said … let the games begin! Here are our predictions for what is sure to be an unforgettable and thrilling Cup Final.
The Kings have more brute strength, bite and snarl to their game than the Rangers. They’re loaded with scorers and possess an electric power play.
The Rangers know that many, if not most, in the hockey world aren’t giving them much of a chance to win the Cup. They have heard it before, and have just gone about their business.
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.