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Posted On Tuesday, 06.10.2014 / 1:14 AM

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

Rangers look for some puck luck in must-win Game 4

NEW YORK -- Each player who spoke in the New York Rangers dressing room after Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday was asked about the Los Angeles Kings' first goal, the one that came off Jeff Carter's stick with 0.8 seconds remaining before the first intermission.

Each answer was different.

Marc Staal described it as "obviously one that hurts." Henrik Lundqvist referred to it as a "tough play." Rick Nash called it "a huge momentum swing for them."

But Dan Girardi described the goal that went in off his skate as one that defines "exactly how the series is going for us right now, a couple bad bounces."

"At some point it's going to go our way," he added.


Posted On Monday, 06.09.2014 / 3:47 PM

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

Rangers excited to play historic game at Garden

NEW YORK -- Trailing the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Final after dropping Games 1 and 2 in overtime, the New York Rangers are understandably excited to bring the best-of-7 series back to Madison Square Garden. They're expecting a boisterous home crowd for Game 3 on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS), which should be even more raucous considering the Garden will be hosting its first Cup Final game in 20 years.

MSG last played host to the Cup Final in 1994, when the Rangers hoisted hockey's grandest prize for the first time in 54 years with a Game 7 victory against the Vancouver Canucks. The shadow of that historic 1994 team looms large over this edition of the Rangers.

Posted On Monday, 06.09.2014 / 2:08 PM

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

Rangers hoping to 'hold serve' as series shifts to MSG

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers left wing Brian Boyle believes his team has the ability to mount a comeback of their own beginning Monday against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

The Kings hold a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series despite the fact they haven't led in regulation time in either of the opening two games at Staples Center in Los Angeles; the winning goal was scored in overtime each game.

"They are a resilient team and so are we; that's why we're both here," Boyle said. "There's no easy road to get to where we are. It's kind of a see what we can do to improve upon because, obviously, mistakes are magnified at this stage."

The cardiac Kings haven't led in their past 229:15 of action, a span of four games. In Game 2 on Saturday, they fell behind 2-0 for the fifth time in the past nine games, yet scored a 5-4 win in double overtime to improve to 4-1 in such instances.

Posted On Monday, 06.09.2014 / 2:04 PM

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

Kings far from satisfied despite 2-0 series lead

NEW YORK -- The Los Angeles Kings appear to have a stranglehold on the Stanley Cup Final against the New York Rangers heading into Game 3 on Monday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

But despite holding a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series after winning 5-4 in overtime Saturday, the Kings aren't satisfied with their overall performance.

They're hoping to improve on their mistakes in Game 3 and take a commanding 3-0 series lead in the process.

"There's plenty of room for improvement. We are well aware of the circumstances coming into the game," forward Justin Williams said. "Could we be coming in here 0-2? Yes. Could it be tied? Absolutely. But we found a way to get it done. We're proud of that, but we know you don't want to give any life to this team."

Posted On Sunday, 06.08.2014 / 8:17 PM

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

Rangers confident despite 2-0 deficit in Cup Final

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The New York Rangers' cross-country flight on Sunday may have felt much longer than five-and-a-half hours, especially after the Los Angeles Kings rallied for a 5-4 double-overtime victory in Game 2 on Saturday to take a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final.

But despite losing Games 1 and 2 at Staples Center, the Rangers sounded confident, some may say defiant, heading into Game 3 of the best-of-7 series Monday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

"In the last game, I thought we were the best team. Even in the first game, we had more quality chances than them," forward Mats Zuccarello said shortly after the Rangers arrived at Westchester County Airport. "We all do mistakes and sometimes it's going to cost us goals. But as a team we're confident and we all stick together. We have to win two at home to even the series."


Posted On Sunday, 06.08.2014 / 8:10 PM

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

Ex-Ranger Gaborik set to return to MSG with Kings

NEW YORK -- There will certainly be a lot on the mind of Los Angeles Kings right wing Marian Gaborik when he steps on the Madison Square Garden ice against the New York Rangers in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

Gaborik, who leads the NHL with 13 goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, spent three-plus seasons with the Rangers before general manager Glen Sather traded him to the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline in exchange for forwards Derek Dorsett and Derick Brassard and defenseman John Moore. Gaborik scored 114 goals and 229 points in 255 regular-season games with the Rangers. He added six goals and 13 points in 25 postseason games.


Posted On Saturday, 06.07.2014 / 7:18 PM

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

Defenseman Regehr not in Kings lineup for Game 2

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr is not in the lineup for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the New York Rangers on Saturday at Staples Center (NBC, CBC, RDS).

Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter said it would be a game-time decision whether to insert Regehr, who has been out since May 3 with a knee injury.

Posted On Saturday, 06.07.2014 / 7:17 PM

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

Rangers defenseman John Moore in for Game 2

LOS ANGELES -- After being suspended for the past two games, New York Rangers defenseman John Moore was back in the lineup Saturday for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center (NBC, CBC, RDS).

Posted On Friday, 06.06.2014 / 7:43 PM

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

Rangers' Lundqvist excited by magnitude of Final

LOS ANGELES -- New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has been at the center of some big events during his career; he's made three trips to the Winter Olympics and three to All-Star Weekend.

But he's found out in the past week the Stanley Cup Final is in its own class.

"I think it's a mix of a little bit of everything being here," Lundqvist said Friday. "I told someone it feels like you're at All-Star Weekend because there's so much media that normally you don't see. There are a lot of people that come up and ask you different types of questions right now.

"But then at the same time you're really focused on what you need to do. So it's a mix of being in the Olympics, being at All-Star Weekend. But it's fun. It's a lot to take in, but it's also exciting to just see a different side. It's still the same game, but it's a lot going on."


Posted On Friday, 06.06.2014 / 7:42 PM

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

Moore expected to return for Rangers in Game 2

LOS ANGELES -- It didn't require much detective work Friday to figure out that defenseman John Moore will be back in the New York Rangers' lineup for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday at Staples Center (7 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

Moore missed New York's past two games, including a 3-2 overtime loss in Game 1 of this best-of-7 series, while sitting out a suspension issued by the NHL. He was back skating on the Rangers' third defense pair with Kevin Klein in practice Friday.

Neither coach Alain Vigneault nor Moore officially said the 23-year-old would play Saturday, but all indications are he will replace Raphael Diaz.


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