by PuckStopsHere on 06/08/14 at 01:13 AM ET
The second game went to a second overtime period before Dustin Brown ended it. Lengthy overtime games can be exciting and memorable. This series has had that going for it. The problem is it hasn't had the great teams that should be in a Stanley Cup final. There isn't anything memorable or elite about the New York Rangers or the Los Angeles Kings. Neither was able to finish higher than sixth seed in their conference. Neither is a team that anyone would have seriously picked as the best in the NHL at any pint this season. Essentially we have the main event on the season without main event participants. That takes away from the prestige of the series. It takes elite teams to create the drama and expectation to make a truly memorable series.
After two games it looks like Los Angeles has a good shot at winning the Stanley Cup. That probably shouldn't be a surprise. The West Conference has been stronger than the East Conference for several years. The West Conference team in this series was the stronger team in the regular season. One problem is that New York has been the better team despite not winning. Los Angeles hasn't held the lead at any point during any game and they are up 2 games to none. I guess it is a fitting result in the no elite team NHL if the Stanley Cup champion is neither the best team in the regular season or the Stanley Cup finals.
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