KINGS (15-9) at RANGERS (12-11)
5:00PM PT, TV: NBC SPORTS NETWORK; RADIO: AM 1150
SPECIAL OCCASION: Today marks the two-year anniversary of the Kings’ first-ever Stanley Cup Championship. On June 11, 2012, the Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at STAPLES Center to clinch the first title in franchise history. Can the Kings clinch their second Stanley Cup Championship in two years – literally, tonight at Madison Square Garden?
FINISH ‘EM: Since 1982, nine Stanley Cup Final series’ have seen a team take a 3-0 lead. Out of those nine series’, eight of them have resulted in a four-game sweep. The Kings are the only team involved in this group to have not swept their opponent after leading a Cup Final series 3-0. In 2012, the Kings led the New Jersey Devils 3-0, but dropped two games before clinching the series in a Game 6. Can the Kings pull out the brooms tonight?
DÉJÀ VU: In their 2012 Stanley Cup Final series against the New Jersey Devils, the Kings won the first two games in OT, and then won the third game with a shutout performance. They’ve done just about the exact same thing to the New York Rangers this time around. Can the Kings avoid replicating their 2012 series win over the Devils and finish off the Rangers tonight in New York City?
DON’T LEAVE ANY DOUGHTS: The Kings don’t want to take their chances with a Game 4 loss. Drew Doughty, who has been a major factor both on and off the ice for this roster, voiced his views on Game 4 with NHL.com’s Director of Editorial Shawn Roarke during his media availability Tuesday afternoon.
“It wasn’t easy for us to come back from 3-0 in the first series against San Jose,” Doughty told Roarke Tuesday afternoon. “We know how it can happen. All it takes is one game, one momentum shift; the other [team] can run with it, the other team can be down in the dumps.”
“That’s why this next game is so important for us. We can’t let them back into this series. We have to take it to them. They’re going to have their best effort without a doubt, and we need to have ours as well.”
Yes, it seems Drew Doughty is fired up again: http://t.co/aC46H2qtP6
— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) June 10, 2014