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Former Rangers goalie Kevin Weekes, who went to the Stanley Cup Final with Carolina in 2002, was speaking about the Rangers and their trip to the Stanley Cup Final this past season.

Weekes said, "once you get there it all makes sense..... why you take the ice baths, why you go in the hydropool, dynamic stretching, extra workouts, whatever it is that they do, all those things make sense when you get to the Stanley Cup Final and it gives you more info and maybe affirms those things that you do and gives you some insight on things that you can tweak to give yourself a little push to get to the next level." (Rangers)

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Alain Vigneault said after the game, "tried our best. Everybody laid it out there. I?m very proud of our group, very proud of their effort."

Vigneault added that the team gave it their best shot and gave it their best effort.

Henrik Lundqvist said that he left everything out there and had never been more tired.

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In game four against the Kings, the Rangers out hit LA 32 to 27.

The Rangers were led by:

  • 5? hits: Derek Dorsett
  • 4 hits: Rick Nash
  • 3 hits: Mats Zuccarello
All Rangers except for Brad Richards, Kevin Klein and John Moore had at least one hit.

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Derick Brassard said yesterday that the mindset for the Rangers is that they have nothing to lose and all the pressure is on LA as they look to close out the series. (NY Post)

Marty St. Louis said that the Rangers are due for a win in LA but understands that they will have to "earn it." (NY Post)

Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers firmly believe that they are equal with the Kings and should not be down 3-1 in the series. (NY Post)

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The LA Kings outshot the Rangers 15 to 1 in the third period last night as LA tried to tie up the score at 2.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 15 shots he faced.

Derek Stepan said that the Rangers sat back a bit in the third period. (MSG)

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Following the Rangers win over LA last night, Alain Vigneault said that the "luck" in the series might be changing and started to favor the Rangers.

Vigneault added that he has been in the game of hockey long enough to know when the "hockey gods" are there and said that they were with the Rangers last night.

Henrik Lundqvist said last night that the Rangers had to rely on some luck and to beat a team like the Kings you need "puck luck" and the Rangers had it last night. (NBCSN)

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Following the Rangers win last night, Henrik Lundqvist chatted with Pierre McGuire about the Rangers approach to game four.

Lundqvist said, "a couple of guys talked after the last game, I was one of them and said that whatever happens we are winning this game, we are not losing two at home...we wanted to get back in this series.(waves and says thank you after being announced as the number one star)...It's not impossible. They have done it, we came back from 3-1 but you need to be so smart playing against this team, they are good and they almost trick you sometimes, you think you have everything under control and then they make quick plays and almost create something from nothing and it's a big challenge for us."

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Pierre McGuire was on TSN 1050 this morning and was asked about what he expects from the Rangers in game four.

Pierre said, "professional pride. Marc Staal said it best saying that they don't want to see the Kings win on their home ice. You play one period at a time, it's a cliche but it's what you have to do. These guys have been through a lot the entire year, starting on the road, a new system, going from zone to man to man, having a huge trade acquisition in Marty St. Louis, the passing of his mother, you go down the line, it's been a tumultuous year for the Rangers but they come together and play a game so that they can play another game. There is nothing fancy right now."

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In the Stanley Cup Final, the Rangers are 1 for 14 on the PP and were 0-6 in game three.

By game the Rangers have taken:

  • Game 1: 9 attempts, 3 on goal
  • Game 2: 8 attempts, 5 on goal
  • Game 3: 24 attempts: 10 on goal
The Rangers have allowed two PP goals on 12 chances.

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The Rangers play their second elimination game of the playoffs at MSG tonight against the Kings.

Marc Staal said yesterday that being in the Stanley Cup Final and being at home should be enough motivation to protect home ice. (John Giannone)

Dan Girardi said that not only do the Rangers not want to be swept, they don't want to lose in front of their fans. (John Giannone)

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When asked about the "psyche" of his team today, Alain Vigneault said "We?re down 3?0. We?re all lacking sleep. This is tough. I didn?t expect my players today to be cheery and upbeat. We?re in the Stanley Cup Final and we?re down 3?0. You don?t get a lot of these opportunities. Excuse us if today we?re not real cheery. But tomorrow I can tell you we?re going to show up."

Brad Richards, who was described as "downcast" said today (Rangers):

  • "I'm not gonna lie. It's a tough day today. The goal is to get through the day and tomorrow is a Stanley Cup playoff game day where everyone will be in a lot better mood and outlook and we will try to get in and win the game."
  • "Today, it's pretty much impossible to be upbeat but you need to be professional and the series is not over. You get through the day, get a good meal, get a good night of sleep and this will be behind you and it's game day again and you get into your routine, we all can't wait until it's game day again to get back on the ice and it's the waiting and thinking that is the tough part. We gotta get back into battle and see where it goes."

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Dave Maloney spoke with Sam Rosen on MSG last night and was asked if the Rangers physical game was missing tonight.

Dave said, "It was missing but you can't jump on and off the bandwagon when it's a team that lives by the sword of puck possession and then jump all over them when they aren't hitting anybody. This is a team that has been quick all season long, comes home and I felt, in the first period there is 7 faceoffs, there is no momentum in the game, there is no whistles but the Rangers couldn't get involved with a game that needs be quick and puck possession. So I don't want to hear the fact that at this point in the game, you aren't gritty enough. This team is in the third game of the Stanley Cup Final because they are a quick, puck possession team, that is what they have been and they got beat by a bigger team tonight."

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In game three last night:

  • Jeff Carter's goal nicked off of Dan Girardi's skate and past Henrik Lundqvist
  • Jake Muzzin's goal went off of? Marty St. Louis and changed direction to beat Henrik Lundqvist
  • Ryan McDonagh blocked a Mike Richards pass on a 2 on 1 but the puck came right back to Richards who beat Lundqvist
Girardi, when asked about the Carter goal, said that it went off the steel of his blade and "that is exactly how the series is going for us now....bad bounces and at some point it will go our way." (MSG)

Girardi said that he isn't sure why the Rangers aren't getting the bounces but they know that if they work hard the bounces will fall for them. He said that little plays are making the difference and that Ryan McDonagh played the Mike Richards 2 on 1 perfectly but the puck just went back to him. (MSG)

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12:29AM: On if the team is out of gas, Keenan said "I don't think so, I think it's a learning curve. They are up against an experienced team that knows how to win in critical situations and works for their breaks, has found a way to come back from deficits and shows resolve, I think the Rangers are learning something about that and I like the attitude of Lundqvist, he is the leader in the locker room. He isn't finished which means that the team is not finished and that if they can learn a bit about their PP, learn about coming out of their comfort zone. They need to find more in their game and raise the bar and win a game and go from there.

12:13AM: Keenan said, "I saw more speed in the LA games, I saw them on the puck faster, I saw them faster in the neutral zone, part of the aspect of the game to me was maybe the Rangers played a little tentative because of the pressures and expectations of playing at home, especially in this environment and on this stage."

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11:48PM: Quotes from the Rangers:

Alain Vigneault on the difficulty of responding to the first goal of the game??Well, I know there wasn't a lot of shots on net. But we felt we played a real good period, the pace was good, there wasn't a lot of room, both teams were battling real hard for ice. That was their only chance in the first period. We out-chanced them 4-1. We had some real good looks. Stuff like that happens. Effectively we came out hard in the second and we kept trying.?

Henrik Lundqvist on tonight?s game??Well you try to stay positive right now, but it?s tough, it?s really tough. We are doing a lot good things, but you look at the goals and we put two in our own net and then just a tough play on the third one. At some point, you are going to need some puck luck and we don?t have any right now. It feels like they have all of it. We always talk about how you have to earn that puck luck, but I think we are working really hard and doing a lot of good things but when they score goals like that when it feels like we are right there and doing the right things, obviously it?s mentally challenging to try to overcome that first goal. And I think we played good in the second and they get that fluky bounce again on the second. It doesn?t matter what you think you deserve out there, you just have to find a way to win games and that?s what they have been doing. We can sit here and say we?ve played really well but at the end it?s about finding ways to win, and we haven?t done that.?

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Pierre McGuire was on TSN1050 this morning and spoke about game three, the Kings, the Rangers and Rick Nash.

On Rick Nash needing more ice time, "he can't get them to give them ice time, he has to earn that but he is trying, he is trying, but for whatever reason the puck isn't going in, he is missing the net and he isn't getting enough high caliber chances, whatever the reason is. They need to look at it, the PP has stalled for the Rangers and needs to be more consistent, especially with how LA plays the physical and robust game. LA will take some penalties so the PP has to work for the Rangers and has to be part of it for the Rangers to be successful."

Can the Rangers get off to the same start, "if you are a Rangers fan you better hope so because they need that crowd behind them. Everywhere I went in New York on Sunday, all people were talking about was the Rangers and how they wanted to jump on the bandwagon and to get a good start. A good start would percolate the building but I think that if they don't, they are in big trouble."

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Darryl Sutter was asked this morning about his concerns heading into game three tonight at MSG.

Sutter (via the NHL) said "I think the biggest concern would be that we're coming into Madison Square Garden and playing the New York Rangers.

Makes sense. It's logical (smiling)."

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1:56PM: Gaborik said on Monday that he has a lot of good memories playing for the Rangers but he is only focused on the business at hand tonight. (NY Post)

1:33PM: Marian Gaborik returns to Madison Square Garden for the first time since he was traded last season.

Gaborik said being back at MSG will give him a little extra jump and he is excited to be at MSG after all the renovations and understands the atmosphere at MSG. (via the NHL)

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In game one of the Stanley Cup Final, the Rangers were out hit 45 to 33 by the Kings.

In game one, Dan Girardi had seven hits and Kevin Klein and Chris Kreider both had five each.

In game two, the Rangers out hit the Kings 51 to 50.

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Following the Rangers game two loss to LA, Henrik Lundqvist was asked how the team moves on from two OT losses in LA.

Lundqvist said, "You don't have a choice, you have to move on. It's extremely tough to lose two games here when you are that close and we are going home now and need to stay positive and believe in what we are doing and we are doing a lot of good things out there and you really have to work for it out there but I think we are doing a good job and really trying and have good energy but it comes down to a couple of plays and they have been taking advantage of a couple of mistakes in the first two games and we need to minimize it and their forecheck brings it out and it happens."

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Daren Millard of Sportsnet tweeted last night that the Rangers have not trailed the Kings for one second during either game one or game two, yet are down 0-2 in the series. (Twitter)

Larry Brooks writes that it doesn't seem fair for the Rangers to be down 0-2 but at the same time, it may be what they deserve after blowing four two-goal leads in the series. (NY Post)

John Giannone said on MSG this was a game the Rangers lost in which they scored four goals on Jonathon Quick, had the lead after two periods and three times had two goal leads. (MSG)

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Following the Rangers loss to LA last night, Brian Boyle was asked about the Rangers being considered underdogs in this series.

Boyle used an expletive to say that he didn't care about being underdogs and that the Rangers are a good team who can't take any solace in how they played in the first two games because they lost. (PHT, ESPN.com,Daily News)

Boyle said that the Rangers came to LA to win and it doesn't matter how it gets done, the team needs to win and if you don't you didn't accomplish what you set out to do. (PHT, ESPN.com,Daily News)

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12:54PM: Derek Stepan said on MSG, "I think, from my point of view the third goal shouldn't have happened but I am not making the call. He saw what he saw and we go from there."

12:24AM: Asked if there was goalie interference, Alain Vigneault said on MSG "ask the NHL"

12:20AM: Ryan McDonagh said on MSG "You block a guy out and try to make sure that he can't get to the inside and if he does he runs into the goalie and the ref didn't see that way and good things happen when you put the puck on the net."

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First Period:
  • Ryan McDonagh (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Dominic Moore (5)
  • Mats Zuccarello (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan McDonagh (12), Derick Brassard (5)
Second Period:
  • Jarret Stoll (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Justin Williams (13), Dwight King (7)
  • PPG - Martin St. Louis (7) Slapshot - ASST: Derek Stepan (9), Chris Kreider (7)
  • PPG - Willie Mitchell (1) Slapshot - ASST: Slava Voynov (6), Justin Williams (14)
  • Derick Brassard (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Mats Zuccarello (8)
Third Period:
  • Dwight King (3) Tip-in - ASST: Matt Greene (4), Justin Williams (15)
  • Marian Gaborik (13) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
Overtime:

Double Overtime:

  • Dustin Brown (5) Tip-in - ASST: Willie Mitchell (3), Anze Kopitar (20)
Stats:

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Larry Brooks writes that a rebound in game two for the Rangers would need to be led by their group of centers, Derek Stepan, Brad Richards, Derick Brassard and Dominic Moore. (NY Post)

The Rangers won 28 faceoffs and lost 29 in game one with:

  • Derick Brassard: 7 and 6
  • Brad Richards: 4 and 4
  • Derek Stepan: 8 and 9
  • Brian Boyle: 2 and 1
  • Dominic Moore: 7 and 9
Alain Vigneault said yesterday (via the NHL) "They've got a real strong group down the middle.? A lot of their plays start with faceoffs and the low plays and through the neutral zone. Our guys need to manage the puck well.? We manage the puck better, we can play a faster game, and that's been one of our strengths.

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Henrik Lundqvist told Larry Brooks after game one that he still feels good about the Rangers chances in this series. He said that he went into the game thinking it would be 50-50 and that he still feels that way. (NY Post)?

Marty St. Louis said after game one that the Rangers won't overanalyze the loss and that it is only one game. (MSG)

Carl Hagelin said that the Rangers are a close group that always shows character and always bounces back. He said that they know they can play with the Kings. (NY Post)?

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On Thursday, Alain Vigneault said that the Kings are one of the best teams that he has seen and the Rangers will need to be a lot better than they were in game one.

Vigneault said that the Rangers need to bring their "A" game and that a "B" game won't be able to beat LA.

He said that besides Henrik Lundqvist ?only a few players brought their "A" game in game one.

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Calgary Flames President Brian Burke said yesterday that "size and hostility" are at a premium right now and that if you aren't "big and ugly" you can't win in the Western Conference. (Calgary Herald via PHT)

Burke said that the Rangers are finding out "the hard way "that they are not big and ugly"enough to compete with LA. (Calgary Herald via PHT)

When asked about the West vs the East, John Davidson said on TSN Radio that went he went to St. Louis the East was the dominant conference but things started to shift as teams in the West started to get better players and now the majority of the best teams are in the West. "There is no doubt that the champion could come from the East but right now there are more better teams in the West."

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LA Kings coach Darryl Sutter announced today that Robyn Regehr will "probably play tomorrow." (Chris Johnston)

Regehr suffered a knee injury in game one against Anaheim in the Western Conference Semi-Finals and had been out of the lineup since.

In the regular season, Regehr played 79 games and averaged 18:57 per game.

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Former Rangers coach Mike Keenan says that the Rangers need to play game two with "no fear of failure." (NY Post)

Keenan says that the Rangers are playing a team that knows how to play in the Stanley Cup Final and the Rangers players need to step up their game. (NY Post)

Keenan says that he doesn't think the Rangers were intimidated by the Kings but started to play with a little fear and they need to play with more authority when they have the lead or when LA pushes. (NY Post)

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In game one the Rangers defensement played:

Raphael Diaz: 10:15 (1:32 PP)

  • First Period: 6 shifts: 3:30
  • Second Period: 9 shifts: 4:37
  • Third Period: 2 shifts: 1:14
  • OT: 1 shift: 54 seconds
13 shot attempts for, 7 against. 6 on goal for, 5 against

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