Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/10/14 at 02:53 PM ET
from Dave Hutchinson of the Star Ledger,
The mood was visibly gloomy as a handful of Rangers went through the paces during an optional skate Tuesday morning at Madison Square Garden, the reality of a 3-0 deficit to the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Final staring them in the face.
Afterwards, their half-empty locker room had the feel of a funeral. Faces were long. Voices were low.
“Excuse us if today we’re not real cheery, but tomorrow I can tell you we’re going to show up,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.
While the Rangers are down, they insist they’re not out. They’ve watched the Kings rally from a 3-0 hole against San Jose and they themselves battled back from a 3-1 disadvantage against Pittsburgh.
added 3:45pm, from Katie Strang of ESPNNewYork,
When players dutifully faced the media Tuesday afternoon in the wake of a 3-0 shutout loss in Game 3 one night prior, a defeat that leaves them trailing 3-0 in their Stanley Cup finals series against the Los Angeles Kings, optimism was in short supply.
Sure, players talked about the belief that remains, the adversity already vanquished in what has been an emotional spring. But platitudes and clichés aside, it wasn’t hard to discern how the Rangers were feeling.
It was evident on their faces, their measured words, their slightly-slumping shoulders. Despondent. Sullen. Defeated.
“I’m not going to lie to you,” de facto captain Brad Richards said. “It’s pretty much impossible to be upbeat.”
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