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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).


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.


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."


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.


Clifford's goal changed momentum in Kings' favor

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 12:39 AM / Winning Ingredients

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LOS ANGELES -- Not much was going right for the Los Angeles Kings in the first period of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on Wednesday.

The New York Rangers already had scored two goals during a 102-second span in the first period, including a gift of a second goal that came while the Kings were on the power play. On that play Rangers forward Carl Hagelin broke in alone but was stopped by goalie Jonathan Quick. However, the rebound clanked off the skates of backchecking defenseman Slava Voynov and trickled into the net.

It was not the start the Kings envisioned. They were tired, having played overtime in Game 7 against the Chicago Blackhawks three nights earlier. They were facing an uphill battle, and as defenseman Willie Mitchell so eloquently said, they appeared to be skating in rubber boots, not ice skates.

All of that changed 2:30 later when the Kings got a goal from the most unlikely of sources: Forward Kyle Clifford. It started a three-goal rally that ended with the Kings winning the opener of the best-of-7 series 3-2 on an overtime goal by Justin Williams.


Bettman: NHL enjoying one of its best seasons

Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 8:38 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Noting the NHL's theme that the 2013-14 season is like no other, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday the League is nearing the completion of its best season.

"By almost any measure, this may have been the most successful season on and off the ice in League history," Commissioner Bettman said during his press conference prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

"There has been a lot written, discussed and debated about the road we took to get to this point, where we are today, but I'm always one to look forward. Our objective was, and always is, to make a great game even greater, to give our fans the best sports experience and entertainment possible and the best opportunities to connect with our game. The 2013-14 campaign accomplished that objective."


Red Wings give extension to AHL coach Blashill

Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 6:36 PM / News

The Detroit Red Wings and Grand Rapids coach Jeff Blashill agreed to a three-year contract, which will run through the 2016-17 season, the NHL team announced Wednesday.

Blashill had one year left on his contract. Detroit general manager Ken Holland said he denied permission to NHL teams to speak to the 40-year-old about coaching vacancies, the Red Wings website reported.

"He's a very important person in our organization because we are in the process of trying to transition to some of the younger players that we have," Holland said. "... We are thrilled with the job that he has done from a competitive standpoint, from a development standpoint. ...

"I think his feeling is that he can use another year or two, certainly one more year, to continue developing as a coach, and we'll see what happens next summer."


Pearn: Line matchups a key focus in Kings-Rangers

Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 3:33 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Final between the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings, NHL.com has enlisted the help of former NHL coach Perry Pearn to break down the action. Pearn will be checking in throughout the series.

Pearn has spent the past 18 seasons as an assistant coach in the NHL with the Winnipeg Jets, Ottawa Senators, Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and a second tenure with the Jets in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings have survived three grueling series against three of the best teams in the NHL just to reach the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.

To win the Stanley Cup for a second time in three seasons, the Kings will have to defeat the New York Rangers, who like Los Angeles, are playing better now than they were in the first half of the regular season.

Like the Kings with Marian Gaborik, the Rangers have added a star player to their mix in Martin St. Louis. How do these two teams match up, and where are the pressure points in the series?


Kings' Lewis looks back on memorable run to Final

Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 2:28 PM / 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 -- I've been asked by NHL.com to keep a blog during the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, so I'll be talking about our series with the New York Rangers, my career and my time with the Los Angeles Kings.

It has been a crazy ride for us during these playoffs, so before Game 1 against the Rangers let's look back at how we got here in the first place.


For Rangers' Dorsett, Cup dreams within reach

Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 1:10 PM / 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 -- This is just great, being here in Los Angeles, at the Stanley Cup Final, getting ready to compete for a lifelong dream. What couldn't be great about this?

Emotions are high obviously, but guys are having fun and trying to stay loose before the puck drops Wednesday night (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS). The key thing is to keep it light now, at least when we're off the ice.

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