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Celebrities, players, NYC react to start of Cup Final

Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 10:40 PM

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

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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.

Kings defenseman Drew Doughty struggled in his own end in the first period, when New York grabbed a 2-0 lead. But he redeemed himself with a highlight-reel goal 6:36 into the second to make it a 2-2 game.

Prior to the game, Hall of Fame center Wayne Gretzky dropped the ceremonial puck. Gretzky played for the Kings from 1988-96 and retired in 1999 after three seasons with the Rangers.

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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

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