Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/05/14 at 08:28 AM ET
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
I have to say that I feel as good about our chances now as I did going into this game,” Lundqvist told The Post following the Kings’ 3-2 overtime victory on Justin Williams’ goal from the slot following a fatal Dan Girardi turnover at 4:35. “I went into the game thinking it would be 50-50, and that’s how I still feel.
“We were right there.”
The Blueshirts were there for the first 40 minutes, but really nowhere for the third period in which they were outshot 14-0 over the first 11:43 and 20-3 overall. Seriously, they might as well have been in Pasadena smelling the roses as on the rink playing for a championship. They were bystanders most of the way, and not innocent ones.
Winning a game in the Stanley Cup finals takes a minimum of 60 minutes. The Rangers came up short by at least a third. You could say that every single one of them knows it, too.
“In the first period we accomplished what we set out to do, the second was all right, but then in third, obviously it wasn’t good enough,” said Marc Staal, who had a bumpy ride. “The second half of the game we didn’t get the puck in and get on the forecheck, and they seemed to gain energy from being on the attack.
“Hanky still gave us a chance, but we’re going to have to be better next game. We’ll go over our mistakes and correct them.”
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