Stanley Cup Final Game 3: Beating a team that’s never led

AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

The Rangers have led for all 150+ minutes of this Stanley Cup, but yet find themselves in a 2-0 hole coming home to MSG. They will need to find a way to hold on to two-goal leads, and to find a way to put the Kings away when they do have these leads. This is a must win game.

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 at Jonathan Quick and some deficiencies in his game here.

Rangers Lines:


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


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 8pm on NBCSN. Don’t forget to check out our Rangers Tickets link for deals to attend games.

17 Responses to “Stanley Cup Final Game 3: Beating a team that’s never led”

  1. “The Rangers have led for all 150+ minutes of this Stanley Cup”

    Well, no. They have never been behind until the OT goals but each game was tied 0-0 before the Rangers scored the first goal and was tied in regulation after the Kings scored their second goal in the second period of Game 1 and their fourth goal in the third period of Game 2.

  2. If there is another BS call that changes the outcome of the game.
    I swear im through with this NHL.

    Lets go Rangers!!!!!

  3. Let’s Go Rangers!!!! 1 game at a time starts with 1 shift at a time, determination and pure will…Let’s Go Big Blue

      • I actually took a pic of it paused, and it clearly shows both his skates over the line w the puck on the blue line, but my friend pointed out that it’s still good. I think they changed the Icing’s now where for instance a player can skate over the line backwards w the puck facing his own net so to speak.

  4. Not letting Nash on that PP after his beautiful drive to the net and then drawing the penalty is just criminal.

    Why is AV so stubborn on this?

  5. It is sweep time, sad to say…they will not rebound from this loss….Kings in 4

  6. Going forward, the best thing this team could do, would be to separate Girardi from McDonagh. McD looks like he is on the verge of becoming a premier d man, both offensively and defensively. He doesn’t need an anchor like Girardi, dragging him down into his own muck of mediocrity. At least the G man can tell his son he was in on all 3 goals scored tonight; unfortunately for the wrong team. Forget the first one off his skate; thats just a nightly thing for him. But the 2nd and 3rd goals are classic Girardi plays. Leaving the crease unmanned on a pp is unforgiveable. And pinching in when he knows both MSL AND Brad Richards are on the ice is just beyond stupid. And we signed him to a long term contract. He should get his name on the cup: for LA!