Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/10/14 at 08:56 AM ET
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
On this night, the Blueshirts did look like interlopers, muted as the crowd most of the night, never able to impose their will on the Kings, never able to get their game going for any sustained stretch.
It is axiomatic that defense wins championships regardless of the sport. But teams like, say, the 2003 Devils don’t make it through the Stanley Cup playoffs anymore. You have to be able to score these days in the evolving NHL.
The Rangers have averaged 2.61 goals per in the tournament, eighth among the 16 qualifiers, fourth among teams that were able to win at least one round.
The Kings, meanwhile, the team that won the 2012 Cup as lockdown kings, they are the highest-scoring club in the playoffs averaging 3.5 goals per through 24 matches.
It is the Kings who have the tournament’s leading goal-scorer, a fellow by the name of Marian Gaborik, who returned to the Garden with 13 goals, including the third-period tying goal in LA’s 5-4 Game 2 victory.
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