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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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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.


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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.

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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.

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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."

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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."


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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.


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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.

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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).

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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."


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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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Posted On Friday, 06.06.2014 / 3:32 PM

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

Devils' Schneider praises former coach Vigneault

New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault continues to receive praise from former players on his success during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider, who played as part of Vigneault's goaltending tandem with the Vancouver Canucks for several seasons, told The Star-Ledger he thinks Vigneault is "a great coach."

"We went to a Cup Final and we won two Presidents' Trophies and a bunch of division titles with him, so he was clearly a great coach," Schneider told the newspaper. "I'm not surprised at all that they're there. It was unfortunate the way it ended in Vancouver for him. I don't think it was a knock on him as a coach. I just think it was a change with the ownership."


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Posted On Friday, 06.06.2014 / 2:42 PM

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

Kings defenseman Regehr likely to play in Game 2

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr likely will return to the lineup for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday at Staples Center (7 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

"He'll probably play [Saturday]," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said of Regehr at the end of his press conference Friday.

The Kings lead the best-of-7 series 1-0 after a 3-2 overtime win Wednesday.

Regehr has been out since May 3 with a knee injury that occurred in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round series against the Anaheim Ducks when right wing Teemu Selanne hit Regehr against the end boards.

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Posted On Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 7:11 PM

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

Line-shuffling helped Kings rally for Game 1 victory

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter is not shy about taking away ice time from any of his players when they aren't playing at the standard he demands, but the way he jumbled his forward lines in Game 1 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final was a bit of an anomaly in this postseason.

Part of it was the timing. Sutter started his line-shuffling before the first period was over, right after the New York Rangers took a two-goal lead.

Part of it was the fact it was a full four-line shake-up. When Sutter changed things earlier this postseason, it often was one or two tweaks. This was all four centers moving to a different line.

The first shift after Carl Hagelin's shorthanded goal at 15:03 of the first period was still part of a power play. Los Angeles' first group at even strength was Jarret Stoll, usually the No. 3 center, with Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli, who typically play with Jeff Carter.

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Posted On Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 6:14 PM

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

Vigneault hints Moore will return to Rangers lineup

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault hinted that defenseman John Moore, who has served his two-game suspension, could be back in the lineup for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

Moore was suspended for an illegal check to the head of Montreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final. He had played in 17 of New York's 19 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs to that point.

Vigneault liked having Moore in the lineup playing with Kevin Klein because it gave the Rangers three lefty-righty defense pairs.

"Johnny's played some good hockey for us," Vigneault said. "He skates with the puck well. He's a left-handed D. I think it's easy to go D-to-D when you have right- and left-handers. Johnny has been one of our consistent six defensemen that we've rolled all year."


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Posted On Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 1:49 AM

By John Kreiser -  NHL.com Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Kings' comeback in Game 1 sets playoff record

The Los Angeles Kings made history Wednesday when they rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center.

Not only did the Kings grab the lead in the series, they became the 14th team this spring to rally from a multiple-goal deficit to win, the most in one playoff year. The Kings have accounted for the three most recent comebacks; they overcame a pair of two-goal deficits in the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks, including a 2-0 hole in their 5-4 overtime victory in Game 7.

Overall, this was the Kings' fourth multiple-goal comeback victory this spring, the most by any team since the Philadelphia Flyers had five in 1987.

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Posted On Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 10:40 PM

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

Celebrities, players, NYC react to start of Cup Final

New York's state of mind revolved around its hockey team Wednesday night.

Thousands gathered in New York City's Bryant Park for a viewing party to watch the New York Rangers play the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center, roughly 3,000 miles to the west.

The Rangers were back on the ice after having nearly a week off; they eliminated the Montreal Canadiens last Thursday in a 1-0 victory in Game 6 at Madison Square Garden. Los Angeles went the distance in each of its series, becoming the first team in history to win three Game 7s in the same postseason. The Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime Sunday night.

Celebrities and NHL players took to Twitter before and during the game to share their excitement in what is primed to be a pulsating best-of-7 series.

"After all the Game 7 dramas in the @NHL playoffs, a Game 1 is almost relaxing," Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak tweeted.

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Posted On Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 9:57 PM

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

Doughty breaks Kings playoff mark for defensemen

Drew Doughty set the Los Angeles Kings' record for most points by a defenseman in one playoff year when he scored a second-period goal against the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday at Staples Center.

It was Doughty's 17th point in 22 games this spring. He broke his own record of 16 points, set during the Kings' run to the Stanley Cup in 2012.


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Posted On Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 8:52 PM

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

Gretzky drops puck for Cup Final opening faceoff

LOS ANGELES -- Wayne Gretzky has roots all over the Stanley Cup Final, so it was only fitting that "The Great One" stood at center ice to get the festivities started Wednesday with Game 1 at Staples Center.

Gretzky was honored by the NHL and two of his former teams, the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers, as the person selected to drop the puck for the ceremonial faceoff between New York alternate captain Brad Richards and L.A. captain Dustin Brown.


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Posted On Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 6:21 PM

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

Kings defenseman Regehr unlikely to play in Game 1

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr said he is available, but it doesn't appear that he will skate against the New York Rangers on Wednesday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

Regehr said he has been cleared in his recovery from a knee injury that has kept him out since May 3, when he was injured in the first period of Game 1 of the second round against the Anaheim Ducks.

However, coach Darryl Sutter said of Regehr, "He's getting closer. [But] I probably wouldn't play him [in Game 1]."


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Posted On Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 6:07 PM

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

Leneveu to dress as Lundqvist's backup in Game 1

LOS ANGELES -- New York Rangers goalie Cam Talbot is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury and will not dress as the backup to Henrik Lundqvist in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

David Leneveu will serve as Lundqvist's backup, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. Vigneault did not provide a further update on Talbot's status other than to say he's day-to-day.

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Posted On Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 5:20 PM

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

Mayors, governors make Stanley Cup Final wagers

The mayors of New York and Los Angeles are gambling their ability to sing in front of millions of people on the outcome of the Stanley Cup Final.

In a wager made public Wednesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he will appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on ABC and sing the classic Frank Sinatra song, "New York, New York" if the New York Rangers win the Cup.

If the Los Angeles Kings win, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio will go on Kimmel's show and sing the Randy Newman song, "I Love L.A."

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Posted On Tuesday, 06.03.2014 / 9:07 PM

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

Lombardi, Sutter discuss Kings' run to Final

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter and general manager Dean Lombardi met with writers and broadcasters Tuesday as part of Stanley Cup Final Media Day. The topics they discussed included the team's run to its second Final in three years, the growth of defenseman Drew Doughty and the deal that brought sniper Marian Gaborik to the Kings at the NHL Trade Deadline.

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Posted On Tuesday, 06.03.2014 / 8:55 PM

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

Rangers' Carcillo thrilled suspension was reduced

LOS ANGELES -- New York Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo thought his season might be over, but having his suspension reduced by the NHL has offered him hope he might have the chance to play in the Stanley Cup Final against the team that traded him five months ago, the Los Angeles Kings.

Carcillo was suspended 10 games for a violation of rule 40.3 for "deliberately applying physical force to an official" for an incident during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Montreal Canadiens (May 22).

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman heard Carcillo's appeal Friday and on Tuesday determined the incident should be reclassified as a violation of rule 40.4 for "physical force to an official for the sole purpose of getting free of such official during or immediately following an altercation." Bettman reduced the suspension to six games.


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Posted On Tuesday, 06.03.2014 / 8:47 PM

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

Sather, Vigneault discuss Rangers' run to Final

LOS ANGELES -- New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault and president and general manager Glen Sather met with writers and broadcasters Tuesday as part of Stanley Cup Final Media Day. The topics they discussed included the team's run to its first Final in 20 years, as well as the deadline deal that brought Martin St. Louis from the Tampa Bay Lightning and their thoughts on the opposition, the Los Angeles Kings.

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Posted On Tuesday, 06.03.2014 / 8:33 PM

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

Kings' Quick says he's OK after scare at practice

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick's preparations for the Stanley Cup Final were cut short Tuesday when he had to leave practice early after being struck by a shot in the area near his collarbone.

But Quick put to rest any questions about his availability for Game 1 against the New York Rangers on Wednesday at Staples Center (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS) by quickly answering the first two questions in his media day press conference.


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Posted On Tuesday, 06.03.2014 / 8:13 PM

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

Kings defenseman Regehr says he's ready to go

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr is ready to play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final if coach Darryl Sutter wants to put him in the lineup.

Regehr hasn't played since sustaining a lower-body injury early in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round series against the Anaheim Ducks. He has missed 13 straight games, but has been practicing with the team since late last week and declared himself fit to play Wednesday at Staples Center against the New York Rangers (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

But Regehr knows he is at the mercy of Sutter, who would have to disrupt a lineup that on Sunday was good enough to win Game 7 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks.


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Posted On Tuesday, 06.03.2014 / 6:07 PM

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

Boyle has fond memories of time with Kings

LOS ANGELES -- As New York Rangers center Brian Boyle waited to take his turn on the podium for Stanley Cup Final media day Tuesday, former teammate Sean O'Donnell walked over, shook his hand and leaned in for a quick hug.

Boyle played all of 36 games for the Los Angeles Kings five years ago, but he still retains friends from the brief period that put him on the path to the NHL. Boyle, picked 26th in the 2003 NHL Draft by the Kings, will face his former team in the Final starting Wednesday at Staples Center (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

Boyle came up in the Kings' organization after a four-year career at Boston College. He played first for coach Marc Crawford and then for Terry Murray during the period when Murray was developing the Kings' younger players into what would become, under Darryl Sutter, a Cup-winning team in 2012.


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Posted On Tuesday, 06.03.2014 / 2:10 PM

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

Rangers goalie Talbot out again; Miller practices

LOS ANGELES -- New York Rangers backup goaltender Cam Talbot sat out practice Tuesday at Staples Center, the third straight practice he's missed, with an unspecified injury.

Forward J.T. Miller returned to practice for his first workout with the team since sustaining an upper-body injury in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Montreal Canadiens.

The Rangers open the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday at Staples Center (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

Talbot has been the backup to Henrik Lundqvist in all 20 games in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He has appeared in two games, allowing two goals on 13 shots.

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Posted On Monday, 06.02.2014 / 3:46 PM

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

Talbot, Miller remain day-to-day for Rangers

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Goaltender Cam Talbot and forward J.T. Miller did not skate for the New York Rangers on Monday and are considered day-to-day, according to coach Alain Vigneault.

Miller skated on his own before the Rangers practiced Monday and is expected to participate in practice Tuesday. He has been out with an upper-body injury since falling shoulder-first into the goal post during the second period in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Montreal Canadiens. He has two assists in four playoff games after totaling three goals and six points in 30 regular-season games.

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