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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.
from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,
Here are three storylines for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers on Hockey Night in Canada from Madison Square Garden on Wednesday evening...
Will this be Darryl Sutter's final game behind the Kings bench?
Sutter will turn 56 on Aug. 19. Since his playing days ended in 1987, he has been behind a bench on-and-off for the past 36 years, beginning as a Chicago Blackhawks assistant in the 1987-88 season.
In 1989-90 with the IHL's Indianapolis Ice, he won a Turner Cup in his second full season as a head coach and added a seventh Stanley Cup crown to his family's legacy with the Kings two years ago.
At first, he turned down Los Angeles general manager Dean Lombardi's offer to coach the Kings in December 2011. He was content with his life on his ranch near Viking, Alta. Will two championships be enough or does he want a kick at the can to become the first head coach to win back-to-back titles since Scotty Bowman with Detroit in 1996-97 and 1997-98?
two more storylines...
from Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Register,
The Stanley Cup will be at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, polished, handled by a man in white gloves, ready to be turned over to the Kings for another summer of debauchery. But first, they need to beat the New York Rangers in Game 4 of the Final. The Kings lead 3-0 in the best-of-7 series.
“We've got the rest of our lives to see our friends and family, make sure they have tickets and all that,” Kings winger Justin Williams said Tuesday. “You have, usually, one chance – and this is our second chance – to do it, to win a Stanley Cup, to be remembered forever.”
There hasn’t been a Final sweep since 1998. Since then, only one team has even taken a 3-0 series lead. That was the Kings, in 2012, who beat the Devils in overtime twice then shut them out in Game 3.
Here they are again. After comeback, overtimes wins in Games 1 and 2 at home, the Kings beat the Rangers, 3-0, in Game 3 on Monday night and closed in on their second championship in 24 months.
Is it over tonight?
I have avoided any Conn Smythe talk until today for one simple reason, it was way too early to talk about until a team has a chance to clinch the Stanley Cup.
from Jason Kay of The Hockey News,
If the playoffs ended today, and they just might, Drew Doughty would probably win the Conn Smythe Trophy as post-season MVP. The Kings superstar defenseman who can beat you with flash and smash is a supreme talent and highly worthy of the accolade.
If not Doughty, then Anze Koptiar, the big, gifted Slovenian who leads the spring points’ parade, while superbly shutting down the biggest guns on the opposition, would likely be next in line for the prestigious hardware. He went toe-to-toe with Joe Pavelski/Joe Thornton, Ryan Getzlaf, Jonathan Toews and Derek Stepan and (so far) bested them all.
Combined with Jonathan Quick, when he’s on like he was in Game 3, they give the Kings the strongest down-the-middle trio of any team in the NHL.
Still, my inner voice is saying this is Justin Williams’ time.
Who is your favorite to win the award?
from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Mike Richards is exactly what the Winnipeg Jets need.
If he hits the market, the Jets will have as strong an opportunity to sign him as any team in the NHL. It’ll be a deal they’ll have to get done.
Richards is a driver, not a follower. He’s a competitor of a different stripe and there are only a handful of players in the NHL with the kind of will he brings to the game.
Put it this way: The Jets have a list of players that opponents look at and say, "we can push him and him and him out of the game." It’s a big factor in the games they lose.
Richards doesn’t get pushed out of games. He does the pushing. He’s smart, he’s a little dirty and he’s been around. He’s no longer a top-six player, but a third-line centre who can draw some growl from a team’s engine.
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