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by Paul on 06/09/14 at 09:56 AM ET
from Pat Leonard of the New York Daliy News,
The Rangers can lament their inability to score in overtime all they want. Their downfall through Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Final has been their defense, not their offense.
Still, despite their inconsistent puck management and selective discipline from the neutral zone back, the Blueshirts should have landed at Westchester County Airport on Sunday afternoon with at least a split heading into Game 3 on Monday night at the Garden.
Instead, they trail two games to none, and Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick is the reason why.
Quick may not be responsible for scoring any of L.A.’s eight goals to overcome four separate two-goal deficits through two matches. He also has been downright ordinary at early points of both games, particularly in the first 34:50 of Game 2, when the Rangers rattled off four goals for a 4-2 lead.
However, once Quick’s teammates have begun their adrenaline-packed comebacks, the Milford, Conn., product has completely shut the door, while pucks zip or deflect past Henrik Lundqvist on the other end.
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