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The Storylines After The Los Angeles Kings Go Up 2-0 In The Stanley Cup Final

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

The fear is real now. It has to be.

For much of the night it appeared that the rumours about the imminent demise of the New York Rangers were unfounded. Then the Los Angeles Kings jolted back to life and signaled their intention to make this Stanley Cup final a quick one.

If you were scoring this like a prize fight, you might even have the Rangers ahead through two games stretched over nearly eight periods of hockey. However, that was of little solace for a team that can’t help but wonder if a golden opportunity is slipping through its fingers.

“We played five periods,” New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said after Saturday’s 5-4 double overtime loss. “Obviously, the difference is not very big. Even the last game the difference is not big. You just have to stick with it and believe in each other and what we’re doing.

“It’s good, it’s definitely good enough; it’s just one bounce here or there and it’s a different score here.”


from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

They are the royal cockroaches of the NHL.

And we say that as a term of endearment.

You cannot kill the Los Angeles Kings. They will not go away.


from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,

Some things are hard to explain. Some things are just hard. The Los Angeles Kings have not held a lead in a hockey game since Game 6 of the seven-game Western Conference final against Chicago. They have not held a lead in the Stanley Cup final. They are two wins away from the Stanley Cup.

“There’s no notebook, no handbook for how to handle overtime,” said Kings forward Justin Williams, after a 5-4 victory in Game 2 of the Cup final against the New York Rangers. “You either want to make the play or you’re out there filling space, and we’ve got a team of guys who want to be the difference.”


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