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Stanley Cup Final Game Two: The need for a split in LA

Photo: USA Today

Photo: USA Today

Well the series didn’t start the way we had hoped. Jumping out of the gate to a 2-0 lead, the Rangers were eventually overrun by a very physical Kings team, losing in overtime. It was a game the Rangers could have won, but turnovers were costly, leading directly to a pair of Kings goals, including the winner. There is a dire need to win Game Two tonight, as heading home down a pair of games to a great LA team is a daunting task.

Daryl Sutter has the Kings playing a system similar to that of John Tortorella’s Rangers. They generally run an aggressive overload 2-1-2 forecheck (forecheckers attack the same side of the ice) and they play a 2-1-2 zone defense off the wall (two guys take the hit zone, one takes the support zone, two have the slot). Once the puck moves up high, depending on the matchup, they’ll attack the blue line or collapse their forwards.  They play a hybrid penalty kill, and a 1-3-1/modified umbrella on the powerplay.

Kevin did a complete preview and breakdown of this series here. Justin looked atJonathan Quick and some deficiencies in his game here.

Rangers Lines:

Forwards

Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Martin St. Louis
Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Brian Boyle-Dominic Moore-Derek Dorsett

Defense

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Anton Stralman
John Moore-Kevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: J.T. Miller (healthy), Justin Falk (healthy), Dan Carcillo (suspension), Raphael Diaz (healthy)

Game time is 7pm on NBC. Don’t forget to check out our Rangers Tickets link for deals to attend games.

28 Responses to “Stanley Cup Final Game Two: The need for a split in LA”

  1. Ray V says:

    Hello Rick Nash??? are you home??? Please pick up the phone so we know you are still alive.

  2. Leatherneckinlv says:

    Let’s Go Rangers!!!!

  3. Chris. C says:

    Lets go Rangers!!!!

  4. Chris F says:

    Frenetic start so far!

    Like that we’re taking every hit we can. Just hope G is alright.

  5. Chris F says:

    McDonagh giveth and taketh away. What a dumb penalty.

  6. Chris. C says:

    Whos backing King in goal?
    Great first period keep on the throttle boys.

    • Chris F says:

      David LeNevue. Which means basically it’s on Hank. Thus his performance so far. He can’t afford to let up.

  7. Ray V says:

    why do we keep trying week passes across the middle. Shoot it up along the boards. Richards HELLO !!!!!

  8. Chris. C says:

    F’n Richards just cost us the game

  9. Chris. C says:

    BS non call leads to tie game.

  10. Leatherneckinlv says:

    Rangers will win

    • Chris A says:

      Man, I hope you’re right.

      I think I broke a record with the number of F-bombs I’ve dropped since that ridiculous 3rd ‘goal’

  11. Leatherneckinlv says:

    The Kings are playing 4 D mstly…series goes deep it will favor us

  12. joe719 says:

    At least they got to the OT. Forget the bad call, they have to stop panicking with the puck. STOP GIVING IT AWAY!!!!! 2 giveaway goals, a pp goal and a bad call goal. Thats all they’ve given up. And still, they’re right there. Now go take it!

  13. Chris F says:

    I can’t recall being this livid in a while. What an absolutely brutal non-call. They need to give the Rangers a PP right off the OT faceoff.

  14. Ray V says:

    I really have gone from not being a fan of Richards to just hate.

  15. Leatherneckinlv says:

    Get er done Rangers!!!!

  16. Bort says:

    Can we try a game just without refs? They clearly aren’t doing their jobs anyway, might as well not be there at all.

  17. Leatherneckinlv says:

    This was bullshit…when refs impact the game…it is brutal…I still have faith…Nash has to go…7.8 mil for a penalty killer is just too much…he has no passion or meaness to score the ugly goal…I am pissed

  18. Leatherneckinlv says:

    McDonagh had a brutal game defensively…and ughhh…on Richards///can he win a faceoff?

  19. joe719 says:

    When Sather sits down with the coaches and decides Brad Richards’ fate this summer: this is the game to watch. Slow,dumb decisions and just plain stupidity on his part. Why they keep him on the pp and don’t use Nash is criminal. And his cohort in crime, Dan Girardi can’t hide either. Yeah, he blocks shots: because he really can’t seem to do anything else. Useless in front of net, no real physical presence; and more importantly, he makes some of the dumbest plays I’ve ever seen a D man make for this team. Can they comeback ?, sure they can! Will they? If they can block out the results of these 2 games and realize that they could/should have won both games; why can’t they come back?

    • Ray V says:

      I have been on the same page for almost 2 years. WHY THE F do we keep playing Richards on the PP. This has not worked in 2 years. Yes he has scored some goals here and there, but every player gets a lucky one from time to time. He has not earned those goals. Brassard, Zucc,these guy EARN goals by smart play and hard work. Richards plays hot potato with the puck. He just does not want it and does what he can to just get rid of it with a bonehead pass or a shot that hits someone or bounces of the back boards and out of the zone killing any offensive zone possession. This has been his act for 2 years. Its time to close the act and move on please.

  20. Chris F says:

    Again, Rangers were the better team but those cockroaches found another way to win.

    This game has so many regrets. So many chances to score (Krieder, Krieder, Krieder). This should have been a W.

    And that 3rd Kings goal? Really? After calling Pouliot for the same shit.

    This may have taken the life out of the team. That was a draining effort and all for naught.

    The Kings do not deserve the bounces and calls they received.

  21. Bloomer says:

    The Rangers kind of beat themselves tonight. I liked how they match the Kings in the physical department. The Rangers have it in them to come..they just have to believe

    • flatbush says:

      the frustration has come to a boil. Our PP sucks for some time now and the season and old age has put the spot light on Richards. AV do something other than sending Richards out there on PP. We blew the game on the PP. PS. I’m so tired of everyone saying how well Nash is playing doing everything else well except scoring. Here is a clue. He is doing everything good if he were a 3rd line forward. Think we are paying him to be the top scorer. He needs a demotion!

  22. Walt says:

    We give up not once, but twice, two goal leads, and expect to win. The team looks afraid out there???????

    The 3rd beging with a 2 goal lead, we go into the prevent, LA scores 2 to tie, and rest is history. This loss is on AV for trying to sit on a lead. Damn that prevent, it only prevents you from winning.

    Any question about Richards?? Nash is proving to be a major waste of a player!!