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Rangers rally around Girardi after costly turnover

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 5:55 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- When Henrik Lundqvist has one of his rare off nights or gives up the occasional bad goal, the New York Rangers always say their world-class goalie is the least of their concerns and worrying about a bounce-back effort from him is wasted energy.

That narrative switched to New York defenseman Dan Girardi on Thursday, when center Derek Stepan, left wing Carl Hagelin and defenseman Ryan McDonagh sat in front of the media at the Rangers' beachfront hotel.

Girardi's defensive-zone turnover directly led to Justin Williams' game-winning goal Wednesday that gave the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 overtime victory in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center.

Game 2 is Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

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Vigneault: Only Rangers' 'A' game will win Cup Final

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 5:18 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- The message to the New York Rangers from coach Alain Vigneault after Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final was as clear as the Southern California sky Thursday.

"We're not going to beat [the Los Angeles Kings] if we do not all bring our 'A' game," Vigneault said. "It is that strong of an opponent that we're playing against.

"Our 'B' game won't do it. They're one of the best teams I've seen in a long time. Areas to exploit, they don't jump out at you. We're going to have to be better than we were."

The Rangers went toe-to-toe with the Kings for 40 minutes Wednesday at Staples Center. They played fast and took a 2-0 lead barely 15 minutes into the game. They had the Kings on their heels. But they couldn't keep it that way.

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Goalie matchup Game 1: Lundqvist's blocker targeted

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 2:28 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

A huge part of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final will be the battle between 2012 Cup winner Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings and Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers. Those two elite goalies will go a long way in determining which team will raise the Stanley Cup later this month.

Who has the upper hand? NHL.com scouted the goalies before the series and will track their performance during each game, identifying trends affecting each goaltender. NHL.com correspondent Kevin Woodley, managing editor of InGoal Magazine, will use the 360 Save Review System software from Double Blue Sports Analytics to chart the goals and shots against each goalie in each game of the Stanley Cup Final. Here are his findings from Game 1.

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Excerpt of Chapter 11 of 'The Wait is Over: The New York Rangers and the 1994 Stanley Cup'

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 2:12 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The New York Rangers are in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, four wins against the Los Angeles Kings short of claiming their first championship since 1994, a moment which remains one of the proudest moments in the history of the Original Six franchise.

While waiting to see what the future holds for the Rangers, here is a look back at the 1994 Stanley Cup Final, a seven-game victory against the Vancouver Canucks, as detailed in "The Wait is Over: The New York Rangers and the 1994 Stanley Cup," by NHL.com editor John Kreiser. This excerpt, the final section of Chapter 11: Scaling Mount Vancouver, deals with Game 7 of the Final.

June 14, 1994, dawned sunny and warm, a perfect "summer starts next week" kind of day. It was a day the Rangers and New York hockey fans knew they would never forget; the question was how they would remember it.

"I remember Game 7 -- you can't sleep,” goaltender Glenn Healy says. "You leave the house that day, and I remember I said to my wife, 'This is either going to be one of the best days of our lives or one of the worst.' We don't know. We'll see in 12 hours. You're watching TV and they've got the New York Stock Exchange on, and the brokers on the exchange floor are chanting, 'Let's go Rangers.'"

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Fiala showed his best regardless of the opposition

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The meteoric rise of Swiss-born left wing Kevin Fiala with Swedish team HV71 could not be ignored during the second half of the 2013-14 season.

In addition to playing in the Swedish Hockey League, he also represented Switzerland in four major international events: the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament in August, the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in December and January, the IIHF World Under-18 Championship in April and the IIHF World Championship in May. He had at least one point in each tournament, including four goals, nine points and a plus-4 rating in five games in the Under-18s, when he was named one of the top three players on his team.

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Dorsett: Rangers must put Game 1 in rearview mirror

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 2:00 AM / Player's Blog with the Rangers' Derek Dorsett

Derek Dorsett - Special to NHL.com

New York Rangers forward Derek Dorsett 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.

LOS ANGELES -- When you a lose a game like we lost tonight, the best thing to do is get back to the hotel and keep things light, hang out with the boys and try not to talk about the game.

We'll have a team dinner like we usually do after every game. We'll have a hospitality room, so some guys will play Xbox. We need to keep it light, but at the same time we will be thinking about what we could have done differently.

We had a good start tonight. We did everything we wanted to do in the first period. Even our second period was pretty good. We knew they were going to make a push, and they pushed us hard in the third. We got caught on our heels.

But we made it through the third, and then anything can happen in overtime, so the guys stayed positive in the locker room. We were ready to hit the ice for overtime.

But obviously when you get off to a 2-0 lead, you think you're going to get a better outcome than we did tonight.

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Rangers rue missed opportunities in Game 1 loss

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 1:54 AM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

LOS ANGELES -- New York Rangers right wing Martin St. Louis refused to admit what appeared obvious to others Wednesday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

"I don't feel we gave it away," St. Louis said.

If that's the case, the narrative should be that the Los Angeles Kings came back and took away what, for a short while anyway, was looking like a sure thing for New York.

The Rangers had built a two-goal lead with 4:57 remaining in the first period, but the Kings rallied to tie it before seven minutes elapsed in the second period. Justin Williams scored the winner 4:35 into overtime to lift Los Angeles to 3-2 victory at Staples Center and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.

"I wouldn't say, 'Gave one away,'" said Rangers forward Carl Hagelin, obviously sticking with the narrative. "I think when you're up 2-0 … their first goal gave them momentum. I think it would have been a different game if they didn't get that goal. But again, we can't get too down on ourselves. We showed all year that we're a close-knit group. We always come back strong."

Maybe the Rangers will come back strong, but they'll have two days to digest what could have been, and maybe should have been, Wednesday.

Game 2 isn't until Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

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Lewis: Not an ideal showing, but Kings will take win

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 1:51 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.

LOS ANGELES -- That definitely was not the way we want to come out and start a game. The New York Rangers came out flying tonight and I think we were sitting back on our heels.

Once we kind of got into it we established our game better. I think we've got a lot of veteran guys who talk on the bench and talk in the dressing room between periods, and they were letting everyone know to calm down and to get back to the way we know how to play.

I think [Kyle Clifford]'s goal was a huge goal for us. It was a real confidence boost after we got down. It was big for him too to come up big for us. We got that first goal, and then we got it going a little bit better.

Drew [Doughty] scored to tie the game with a great goal. He's one-of-a-kind. Not many people can make that kind of play.

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Kings win opener without their 'A' game

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 1:50 AM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- The New York Rangers did not get schooled in the faceoff circle. They did not get dominated at even strength, at least for the first two periods.

They did not get shackled by the Los Angeles Kings' pressure-packed approach to playing without the puck and they were able to create odd-man rushes and breakaways and great scoring chances.

They also did not win Game 1 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final. The Kings shrugged off a sluggish start before asserting control and winning 3-2 in overtime Wednesday.

"It was not a good hockey game for us," Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell said. "We kind of got away with one. [Goaltender Jonathan Quick] was outstanding to let us find a little bit of legs. We still didn't have great legs out there. I think maybe the trainers put gumboots in our stalls instead of skates [Wednesday]. Sometimes there's no rhyme or reason behind us. We just battled and relied on our goaltender way too much. We need to be better than that next game."

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Emotional Doughty sets tone for Kings in Game 1

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 1:21 AM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Drew Doughty was incensed midway through Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday.

The Los Angeles Kings defenseman was butt-ended by New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider against the half wall late in the second period and Doughty was outraged that a penalty wasn't called. It didn't help that teammate Mike Richards was penalized for slashing Rangers center Derick Brassard a moment later to give the Rangers a power play.

Doughty was seen on the bench shouting at the referee and pointing to the end of his stick.

"Yeah, I didn't really control my emotions too well at that point," Doughty said. "It's just part of the game. Stuff happens by accident. It was just heat of the moment. In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, stuff like that is going to go down."

Doughty was very much like rest of the Kings in what ended as a 3-2 overtime win at Staples Center: He started slow and made a big miscue but got stronger as the game progressed and turned in another stunning goal that shows why many think he is the best defenseman in the NHL.

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You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.

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