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The Puck Just Stopped

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.

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Mistercristo's avatar

The puck NOW stops here?

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 06/12/14 at 11:11 AM ET

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Thought this might be a site announcement…

Posted by Garth on 06/12/14 at 01:29 PM ET

Thag's avatar

If they were an elite team, those would have been goals.

Posted by Thag from DC on 06/12/14 at 01:36 PM ET

SYF's avatar

“Puck hit a patch of ice.”

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 06/12/14 at 01:49 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Thought this might be a site announcement…

Posted by Garth on 06/12/14 at 01:29 PM ET

Me too. So disappointing.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/12/14 at 01:52 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Not to spoil the mood or anything, but to get back on point…...

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.

I remember thinking this in 2009 when the Wings lost game 6.  That didn’t work well though :(

Posted by TreKronor on 06/12/14 at 02:52 PM ET

Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

wow got trolled.  Thought this was a kk announcement

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 06/12/14 at 05:40 PM ET

awould's avatar

An elite team doesn’t leave a puck dangling on the goal line.

Posted by awould on 06/12/14 at 11:00 PM ET

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