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Waited 20 Years For This?

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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Hootinani's avatar

Thats what happens when you rely solely on great goaltending to win.  When Lunqvist isn’t at the top of his game, making one miraculous save after another, its pretty tough to win on 2 goals per.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 06/10/14 at 09:22 AM ET

phillyd's avatar

Posted by Hootinani on 06/10/14 at 09:22 AM ET

That’s a little disingenuous. If the Rangers had scored 2 and lost, maybe, but they scored none and didn’t really look like they came close after the 1st.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 06/10/14 at 10:26 AM ET

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