KINGS (14-9) at RANGERS (12-10)
5:00PM PT, TV: NBC; RADIO: AM 1150
NEW YORK, NEW YORK: The Kings will look to take a three-game series lead on the New York Rangers tonight as the series shifts to Madison Square Garden. The Kings are coming off a pair of OT victories at STAPLES Center where they overcame four two-goal deficits in both games. Can the Kings take a 3-0 series lead in a building where the franchise has never won a single playoff game?
*NOTE: The Kings have not held a lead during a single second of game action during this Stanley Cup Final series. However, they lead the series 2-0.
MSG: The Kings have played three playoff games at Madison Square Garden in franchise history. They played one game in April of 1979, and two games in April of 1981. They’re 0-3 in those postseason visits to New York, getting outscored 23-7 in those games. Can the Kings grab the franchise’s first career playoff win in New York City and take a commanding 3-0 lead in this series tonight?
The Kings’ regular season record at Madison Square Garden since the 2000 – ’01 season is 4-2-1.
Marian Gaborik’s laser past Erik Ersberg on October 14, 2009 sent the Rangers to a 4-2 win over the Kings at Madison Square Garden. It was Terry Murray’s final straw for the Kings’ former goaltender. It would be Ersberg’s final appearance in a Kings uniform.
Since that loss, the Kings are 0-1-1 at Madison Square Garden dating back to February 17, 2011, when they lost 4-3 in a shootout. Earlier this season on November 17, the Kings beat the Rangers 1-0 when Tyler Toffoli snuck a quick one-timer through the pads of Henrik Lundqvist in the opening moments of the second period.
It was the Rookie’s fourth goal in five games.
REGGIE’S THERE: With fatigue settling into the feel here as the Kings approach their 24th playoff game, it’s quite possible defenseman Robyn Regehr will make a return to the lineup after missing 14 games with a knee injury. He was labeled a healthy-scratch Saturday afternoon, and hasn’t played since Game 1 against the Anaheim Ducks on May 3. Matt Greene has been solid in filling Regehr’s place, but had some troubles early on Saturday. Does #44 take the ice tonight at Madison Square Garden?
GABORIK RETURNS: Marian Gaborik will make his first appearance at Madison Square Garden as an opposing player since March 24, 2009 tonight in a Kings uniform. Gaborik was dealt at the trade-deadline during his fourth season with the New York Rangers to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Gaborik scored well over 100 goals in his time with the Rangers, including two 40+-goal seasons. Gaborik never visited Madison Square Garden in his 34-game stint with the Columbus Blue Jackets.