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Posted On Monday, 06.16.2014 / 10:36 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Kings to host parade and rally on Monday

The Los Angeles Kings will host a parade and celebratory rally Monday in honor of the team's second Stanley Cup championship in three seasons.

Fans can follow the Kings' celebration live on NHL Network starting at 2 p.m. ET.

The celebration will begin at noon PT at the corner of Figueroa and West 5th Streets, with the city of Los Angeles' traditional parade of championship teams traveling down Figueroa to Staples Center and L.A. Live. The parade is expected to take 30-45 minutes and will include players and their families, coaches, staff, broadcasters, alumni, the Ice Crew, mascot and other VIPs, along with the Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy and Clarence Campbell Bowl.

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Posted On Friday, 06.13.2014 / 6:24 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Rangers sure Game 5 'is going to work out fine'

LOS ANGELES -- New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault talked about the hockey gods after a 2-1 win in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings. He talked about how he's a believer in them, and how they were there for the Rangers on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

Now, on Friday the 13th, with the Rangers again trying to extend the Stanley Cup Final in Game 5 at Staples Center (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS), what does the coach think the hockey gods might have in store?

"I'm sure it's a good day," he said before laughing during his press conference more than two hours before game time. "Everything is going to work out fine."


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Posted On Friday, 06.13.2014 / 6:09 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Kings focused on good start with Cup in the building

LOS ANGELES -- Two years ago veteran defenseman Willie Mitchell stood in front of his locker before Game 4 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final with a glowing expression. It was difficult for him not to get emotional at the prospect of winning the Cup for the first time.

It might have also been difficult for the rest of the Los Angeles Kings, who lost in their first attempt to close the series against the New Jersey Devils at home. They are more guarded this time around, and it was evident at the morning skate before Game 5 Friday against the New York Rangers at Staples Center (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

The Kings lead the best-of-7 series 3-1. This is their first chance to close it out at home.

"As a team, I don't think we talk about [2012], but at the same time I think we all know that we failed to close it out two times," defenseman Drew Doughty said. "That's always going to be in the back of our minds. But what we can do is we can learn from that experience. We know what we did wrong and we know why we let them back in the series.

"That's why [Friday] we figure we have to close it out, because the more games we give them the more life they get. Especially here at Staples, our home arena. It's a very important game for us."

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Posted On Thursday, 06.12.2014 / 1:13 AM

By Brian Compton -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

St. Louis scores 11th playoff game-winner

NEW YORK -- Martin St. Louis may be closing in on his 39th birthday, but the New York Rangers' right wing continues to produce.

His goal at 6:27 of the second period proved to be the game-winner Wednesday night in a 2-1 victory against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden. It was the 11th game-winning goal of St. Louis' postseason career.


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Posted On Wednesday, 06.11.2014 / 2:18 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Vigneault conjures humor in Rangers' dire situation

NEW YORK -- With his team trailing the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 in the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Final and on the brink of elimination, New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault found some time for levity following what may be his team's final practice of the season.

Entering Game 4 of the Cup Final on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS), Vigneault closed his media availability by referencing, of all things, a humorous commercial for Netflix.

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Posted On Wednesday, 06.11.2014 / 1:30 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Rangers' St. Louis finds motivation to keep pushing

NEW YORK -- There are two things that keep New York Rangers right wing Martin St. Louis motivated at a time when the odds appear slim for his hockey team.

First and foremost, it's the lessons and inspirational anecdotes he learned from his mother, France St. Louis. There's not a day that goes by that St. Louis isn't thinking or reflecting on the life she led and the love she provided. France died of a heart attack at the age of 63 on May 8. The support St. Louis has gotten from his teammates has bonded the group during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The one other motivating factor is this:

"Winning the Stanley Cup and the fact we're still alive … that's what motivates me," St. Louis said.

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Posted On Wednesday, 06.11.2014 / 1:23 PM

By Brian Compton -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Kings' Toffoli brushes nerves aside as Game 4 nears

NEW YORK -- Most of the players on the Los Angeles Kings roster slept well Tuesday night. After all, they've been in this position before, one win away from the Stanley Cup.

But when the Kings beat the New Jersey Devils for the championship in 2012, right wing Tyler Toffoli hadn't reached the NHL yet. He had just completed his final season of junior hockey, when he had 100 points (52 goals, 48 assists) in 65 games for the Ottawa 67's in the Ontario Hockey League.

This time around, Toffoli has played a huge role in the Kings' success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The 22-year-old has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 24 games for Los Angeles, which can win the Cup with a victory in Game 4 against the New York Rangers on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

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Posted On Wednesday, 06.11.2014 / 1:20 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Desperate Rangers plan to stay the course vs. Kings

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers trail the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 in the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Final entering Game 4 Wednesday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS). But the Rangers aren't looking to change much as they begin the long road back from a very deep hole.

"I think we just need to keep doing what we're doing," forward Carl Hagelin said after practice Wednesday. "There are a few mistakes in our own end that we can fix. Other than that it's just a matter of scoring timely goals. That's what they've been good at all series. It's time for us to do that [Wednesday]."

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Posted On Tuesday, 06.10.2014 / 4:38 PM

By Brian Compton -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Kings recognize special opportunity in front of them

NEW YORK -- Many players, coaches and general managers go their entire career without reaching a Stanley Cup Final, let alone winning a championship.

But the Los Angeles Kings find themselves in the fortunate position of going for their second crown in three seasons when they face the New York Rangers in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

It's a remarkable story being written by Los Angeles, which replaced coach Terry Murray with Darryl Sutter in December 2011, when it resided in 12th place in the Western Conference. The Kings would go on to win the Stanley Cup that season and reached the conference final in 2013 before losing to the Chicago Blackhawks.

This postseason, the Kings became the first team in NHL history to win three Game 7s, and did so each time on the road. Now they're up 3-0 on the Rangers and one win away from another Cup. They realize how special this is.

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Posted On Tuesday, 06.10.2014 / 2:56 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Rangers forward Carcillo eligible to return to lineup

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo has completed his six-game suspension and is excited to be eligible to play again. But with the Rangers trailing the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 in the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Final, he had no word regarding his place in the lineup for Game 4 on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

"We haven't really talked about it," Carcillo said after participating in New York's optional skate Tuesday at MSG. "It feels good to be back around the guys in the room. As far as the lineup goes, I have no idea what's going to happen."

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