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Darryl Sutter spoke with the media today for almost four minutes...
added 5:05pm, Just to clarify, the Kings arrived in LA early this morning, they flew home after the game last night.
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 12, 2014,
Last night’s Game 4 delivered a 2.8 overnight rating, ranking as the third-best Stanley Cup Final overnight on NBCSN ever. The overnight for the Rangers 2-1 win over the Kings trails only Games 2-3 of last year’s Stanley Cup Final between the Blackhawks and Bruins.
There is no cable comparison to Game 4 last year as that game aired on NBC, but the 2.8 overnight is up 65% from 2012 (1.7), which featured Devils-Kings, and up 40% from 2011 (2.0), featuring Canucks-Bruins.
Locally, Los Angeles delivered a 7.3 rating, the market’s best ever on NBCSN for an NHL game, surpassing 2012 Game 4 vs. the Devils (6.6).
New York scored its second-best NHL rating ever on NBCSN with an 8.1 rating, trailing only 2014 Game 6 vs. Montreal on the Eastern Conference Final (8.5).
Following are the Top 10 markets for last night’s game.
I am going out on a limb here and will state right now the New York Rangers will win game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Friday.
Most of you may disagree with me and although the odds are the Los Angeles Kings will win Friday, I say the momentum gained by the Rangers will carry over to game 5.
Allow me to explain. The Rangers did win their first game of the series but they know Henrik Lundqvist needs some help plus the luck the Rangers had won't be the same come Friday.
Therefore, the team itself must play better and they will.
from Bill Plaschke of the LA Times,
The puck squirted to the New York Rangers' goal line and halted dead in its vulcanized rubber tracks. Just stopped. Refused to move. Sat there alone and untouched. A shiny black hood ornament. A frozen omen.
Twice during big moments of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night, the only thing in giant Madison Square Garden that wasn't shaking or skating or screaming was a very rebellious three-inch puck.
How does it not move? How do the Kings not make it move? Both times, one nudge or swat or even a puff could have turned that puck into a Kings goal that could have given them a championship. But both times, the desperate Rangers found it, swatted it, saved it and their season.
The puck stopped here, and so did the Kings' first shot at kissing the Stanley Cup in a 2-1 loss that shortened their series lead to three games to one in a result that could be described as bittersweet. Or is that sweet-bitter?
Admit it, all you nuttily passionate Kings fans back in Los Angeles. Some deep part of you is not all that sorry that this series will move back to Staples Center on Friday for Game 5 and give you a chance to celebrate the sports world's most special trophy presentation with your heroes. You want to see and experience the Cup, and this loss by the Kings gives you that chance.
First up is coach Sutter in 1:25...
Below is coach Vigneault in a 6 minute video...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Henrik Lundqvist is the goaltender the Rangers live by — and yes, Virginia, the Rangers do live in this series — and these are the words the King lives by when his team is down to its final out as it was on what became a rollicking Wednesday night at the Garden:
“It’s about competing; when everything is on the line, you have to challenge yourself the right way personally and as a team,” Lundqvist said after his 40-save performance lifted the Blueshirts to a tense 2-1 Game 4 victory over the Kings that sends the Stanley Cup finals back across the continent to Los Angeles for Friday night’s very necessary Game 5. “You have to leave it all out there and be extra focused.
“One mistake and your season is over. You are definitely aware of that,” the King said after his first career victory in the Cup finals. “You know everything can be over, so you try even harder to be focused and make the right decisions.
“It’s tough but it’s fun, especially when it’s that intense.”
Below, watch the Sportsnet guys break down the win last night for the Rangers...
Are we about to see our last NHL game for the 2013-14 season?
The New York Rangers have the attitude of win tonight, then worry about the next game.
The Los Angeles Kings want to return to LA with the Stanley Cup on the plane.
We are about to find out if we will be talking about a game 5 or will the NHL Draft, trades and speculation be the main topic.
Enjoy and the puck drops just after 8:00pm ET on NBCSN, CBC and RDS.
Oh, and as Glenn Healy said on the radio today, Gary Bettman better wear a hard hat tonight if the Kings win.
from James A. Conley of Shnarped,
Marian Gaborik made Dean Lombardi and the LA Kings winners of this year’s NHL Trade Deadline.
Now, the Kings are one game away from making Gaborik a champion.
Playing on his third team in two seasons, Gaborik started the year alternating turns between underwhelming play and injuries on an also-ran club in Columbus.
By March, his team was no sure thing to make the playoffs, and Gaborik seemed to be playing out the string on the final year of a six-year contract given up on by his twice-former team.
At 32, he was a declining asset, but one with name cachet.
added 1:07pm, Video of Sutter is below, after transcript.
Q. Have you ever been a guy that could read a team's mental state off of a morning skate or is it all going to be a mystery?
COACH SUTTER: I think once you get to know your team you do. It's not always the same with every team, where you're at, time of year, all those things.
Generally with our group, just the way the schedule works. With travel you always know ahead of time what you're doing, game days what we want to accomplish, the day before the game, all those things.
If we all skated yesterday, we wouldn't today, so... In terms of getting a read from morning skate, I don't base how we play on that, but just in our whole preparation part.
Q. Darryl, how long do you think it took Marian Gaborik to sort of fit into this group that's been around a while? You stuck with him and Kopitar for a while right at the start. It's now working. Is there something to be said for patience there?
COACH SUTTER: That was our plan, was to play him with Kopitar. That's what we did. I think there were high expectations when we got him, so that's what we did. in terms of sticking with him, being patient, we were a team that was fighting for a playoff spot and we expected a lot out of him right away.
I don't think it's necessarily being patient. I think it was more knowing full well what he could bring and not trying to change that 'cause that doesn't work.
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