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Rangers desperate for answers in 3-0 hole vs. Kings

Tuesday, 06.10.2014 / 1:10 AM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK – After a disappointing 3-0 loss against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, it didn't take long for New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's frustration to show.

His postgame scrum started with a simple question: "What happened?" a reporter asked.

Whether it was the phrasing or the tone of the query that bothered him, Lundqvist paused angrily before requesting another question.

"A better question," he said.


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Quick's performance has Kings on verge of Cup

Tuesday, 06.10.2014 / 12:59 AM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Before the 2014 Stanley Cup Final began, a prevailing theory was Henrik Lundqvist would need to be a significant advantage in the battle of goaltenders with Jonathan Quick for the New York Rangers to have a chance to defeat the Los Angeles Kings.

Through two games, neither goalie was particularly sharp, but one of them had a huge Game 3. It wasn't Lundqvist, and now the Kings are one victory from the Stanley Cup.

Quick was stellar, mixing in a couple of highlight-reel saves amongst the 32 stops he made to help Los Angeles to a 3-0 victory at Madison Square Garden and 3-0 lead in the series.

"I think that was his best game of the playoffs," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. "He played fantastic for us [Monday night]. He made some big saves, saves he had no business making. His rebound control was good, his puck-handling was good, everything about his game tonight was great and he was a big reason why he won."

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Carter's last-second goal in first period sparks Kings

Tuesday, 06.10.2014 / 12:41 AM / Winning Ingredients

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

NEW YORK -- The Los Angeles Kings played a near-perfect road period to start Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

They bottled up the New York Rangers, taking away their speed, which many believed was the biggest advantage held by New York. They limited the Rangers to intermittent shots, refusing to let them get a foothold in the attacking zone and generate a sustained attack. They took the crowd, filled with fans that have waited 20 years to celebrate the return of the Stanley Cup Final to the Garden, out of the game almost from the start.

With all that accomplished, the Kings would have been happy to go into the first intermission after a scoreless opening period. Instead, Jeff Carter gave them the lead, scoring at the last possible second.

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Quick earns first Cup Final shutout at MSG since '72

Tuesday, 06.10.2014 / 12:40 AM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

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Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick grew up in Milford, Connecticut, about an hour north of New York City, but he had never played at Madison Square Garden before he stepped on the ice Monday for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. He skated off as the game's First Star after a 3-0 victory against the New York Rangers in which he made 32 saves.

Quick's shutout was the first at the Garden in the Final since Gerry Cheevers of the Boston Bruins in 1972, when Boston won 3-0 in a Cup-clinching Game 6 victory. Quick and Cheevers are the only two opposing goaltenders ever to earn shutouts at the Garden in the Cup Final.

The Kings lead the best-of-7 series 3-0. Game 4 is Wednesday at the Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

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Lewis: Team effort reason for victory in Game 3

Tuesday, 06.10.2014 / 12:03 AM / Player's Blog with the Kings' Trevor Lewis

Trevor Lewis - Special to NHL.com

Los Angeles Kings forward Trevor Lewis will be blogging for NHL.com throughout the Stanley Cup Final, offering his insight on what is happening inside the walls of his team's locker room and within the confines of the rink.

NEW YORK -- After Game 2 on Saturday night, we stayed in Los Angeles instead of flying to the next city after the game like we would during the regular season.

It was an early flight, and I think everyone was still pretty tired. There wasn't a lot of action on the plane. It was kind of a lot of sleeping and resting.

We got into New York at about 5 p.m. and went to the hotel, got some dinner and then everyone went to their rooms for more rest.

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Alaska Aces win ECHL championship

Monday, 06.09.2014 / 11:49 PM / ECHL Report

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The Alaska Aces won the third ECHL title in their 11-year history by beating the host Cincinnati Cyclones 4-0 Monday in Game 6 of the Kelly Cup Finals.

Nick Mazzolini scored the game's first goal and assisted on another to back a 23-save performance by goaltender Gerard Coleman. The Aces' power play connected twice after a four-game drought.

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St. John's beats Texas to even Calder Cup Finals

Monday, 06.09.2014 / 11:29 PM / AHL Update

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Goaltender Michael Hutchinson made 49 saves Monday to lead the St. John's IceCaps to a series-tying 2-1 victory against the Texas Stars in Game 2 of the Calder Cup Finals in Cedar Park, Texas.

Hutchinson rebounded from a poor performance in Game 1 of the American Hockey League championship series one night earlier, when he allowed five goals on 22 shots. He was flawless after Blair Riley put the IceCaps ahead to stay by beating Cristopher Nilstorp 1:13 into the second period, 44 seconds after the Stars' Brendan Ranford had tied the game.

The IceCaps, the top affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets, host Game 3 of the best-of-7 series Wednesday.


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Messier looking to expand legacy in New York

Monday, 06.09.2014 / 7:26 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Mark Messier can't believe it has been 20 years since he led the New York Rangers to a Stanley Cup championship. A lot has changed in New York since then, but with the Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since his magical championship run in 1994, Messier is looking to expand on his legacy in this city.

In the meantime, other than discussing the finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone, his primary duty Monday at Madison Square Garden was to cheer on the home team during Game 3 of the Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

"I haven't been involved with the Rangers other than being a fan. My 10-year-old son is a huge Rangers fan. He'll be at the game tonight. We'll be cheering on," Messier said. "It's been a great year as a fan, easy team to cheer for. The good thing, and the lucky thing for me, is I got a chance to meet these guys over the last four years working with the Rangers. They're quality guys in that dressing room with a lot of character. It's great to see them get the opportunity they have right now because they earned it."


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NHL's Keon shepherds top prospects at Cup Final

Monday, 06.09.2014 / 4:38 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Leading up to the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings facing off in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS), top prospects Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart, Leon Draisaitl, Samuel Bennett and Michael Dal Colle enjoyed a whirlwind day in the Big Apple.

As part of a prospects tour of the Cup Final that has been going on since 1993, these players got to watch practice and meet players from each team. The players may change every year, but there is one constant that has remained at the annual event.

NHL senior manager of public relations Dave Keon has led prospects through the Cup Final and the NHL Draft since that first class, which included top pick Alexandre Daigle as well as Chris Pronger and Paul Kariya. The process remains a major eye-opener for these hand-picked future draftees.

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Ekblad savors MSG visit, reunion with Kings' Pearson

Monday, 06.09.2014 / 3:53 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- It was as if Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad was just one of the boys when he strolled into the locker room of the Los Angeles Kings following the team's morning skate in preparation for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

For Ekblad and fellow 2014 draft-eligible blue chip prospects Samuel Bennett of the Kingston Frontenacs, Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice, Leon Draisaitl of the Prince Albert Raiders and Michael Dal Colle of the Oshawa Generals, it was a chance to experience all the pomp and circumstance that accompanies the Stanley Cup Playoffs this time in the season.

All five top prospects were flown into New York on Sunday and spent the day at Madison Square Garden on Monday. They were interviewed by Hockey Night in Canada's Don Cherry early in the morning, visited the locker room of each team after practice and were issued tickets to Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.

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