Los Angeles Kings
Henrik Lundqvist sat slumped in his locker, hands on his head, still wearing his pads and skates. It would be several minutes before he was composed enough to speak.
Alec Martinez scored 14:43 into the second overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years with a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 5 on Friday night.
Williams won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP on Friday night after cementing his big-game reputation with a postseason full of clutch play.
Carter and Richards have been there twice before. They know how fast these things can get away from a team.
Goalie Henrik Lundqvist took control of Game 4 with 40 saves, and he’s eager to steal another win that would make the Rangers’ unlikely quest awfully interesting.
Although Derek Stepan’s goal-line save happened in a frantic blur, the Rangers center had a few chances to marvel at the replay in the ensuing 24 hours.
No NY defenseman has been more consistent throughout the entirety of the playoffs. But holding on to him after the Stanley Cup finals could prove difficult.
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 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.
Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves and Benoit Pouliot and Martin St. Louis each scored as the Rangers managed to keep the Los Angeles Kings at bay in a 2-1 victory in Game 4 on Wednesday night.
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.
While the Kings are trying to close out the series, New York’s focus is strictly on moving past disappointment and getting back to LA for Game 5.
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.
Look no further than alternate captain Brad Richards as the main reason why the Rangers’ power play has fizzled. His overall game has disintegrated during the finals.