Yeah I know that I am late to the party, but as stated, I was on vacation!
So.. The Kings won the cup and if you know anything about hockey you would have seen that even before the first puck dropped in game. It’s not that the Rangers couldn’t have done it, but it just seemed that their trend of having calls not going their way and the hockey gods rooting against was eventually going to catch up to them.
It only took 5 games to beat the Rangers and of those games they only lost one of them clean, one game they won and the other three were lost in overtime. The part that is harder to see is that the Rangers gave up a massive amount of shots and Henrik had to be at the top of his game to keep them even close to winning.
It just so happens that even Henriks best isn’t enough to defeat the Kings who out shot, out hit and out played the Rangers at every chance.
I wanted to get into this series and enjoy it but it was so one way that it made it difficult to enjoy when one team just keeps peppering the other net.
Was interesting to see how Gaborik would play back in NY after being traded last year. Quick wasn’t amazing and nor did he really have to be, he had some fantastic saves when they were needed but his team backed him up enough where he idn’t have to face that many shots.
As of today Brad Richards has been bought out by the Rangers as they try to move forward and improve upon their issues. Nash is rumored to be on the trade market as well and where we got him for a steal it may be harder to be rid of a player whose regular season stats have dropped since joining the Rangers and has shown that he can’t perform in the post season. Maybe a trade of Nash for the Sharks Thornton is in order? Something to think about.
The Rangers fell flat in the 3rd and even the 2nd period of game 1 of the finals. They only managed 3 shots in the third period and really need to make themselves learn from their mistakes. They flew out the gate with 2 goals and just watched as the Kings pelted Lundqvist with shot after shot and never took control of any part of them game.
The fact that is went into overtime is still confusing to me seeing how badly they were playing.
The Rangers need to keep flying. They need to use their speed to move around the ice and throw pucks at the net. You don’t win without shooting and to beat the Kings you need to soar around them and slap it home. The Rangers need to bump bodies and throw their weight around. The Kings have the size and power and skill to make things difficult and the Rangers and to adapt and overcome in order to make this series a competition.
The Kings don’t need to change anything, they managed to control the Rangers for the last 2 periods of the game eliminate any advantage that they had.
The Rangers better wake up of it will be a short series.
So now we know that the Kings will face the Rangers for the Stanley Cup after ousting the Blackhawks in overtime of game 7. This is going to be an interesting series as the teams went 1-1 during the regular season. The Rangers will need to keep their speed up and hope for better luck in scoring on Jonathan Quick then they had against the Canadians. Goals will not be easy to get on both sides whether you whose in net.
This series is going to come down to goalies and defense. Both teams can score but it is going to come down to which team can stop the most pucks. Where the defensive edge goes to the Rangers, the goalies are tied and the offense going to the Kings who have been flying high since the playoffs started after not scoring often during the regular season.
I also feel bad for the Kings fans in California as the game will either start at 7 or 8 eastern time which is either 4 or 5 western time. Most will either be in work or on their way homes. May take the home ice feel out of the game.
Had a whole blog to write on this but this picture does so much where I don’t think I need to write anything.
The Kings are continuing their March towards an epic comeback! With a 4-1 victory of the San Jose Sharks in game 6, they have managed to force a game 7 in San Jose. Where it isn’t unheard of for teams to come back from being down 3 games to 0 in a series, it is still rare but the Kings still have to win one more away game to advance and if they lose then the Sharks advance. This series has officially become the best of 1 game.
The Kings offense has decided to start playing at the right time for the Kings who have had one of the lowest goals-per-game average in the regular season. they have scored at least 2 goals per game the entire series and as many as 6 in one game. That’s hot at the right time where the Sharks seem to be falling apart at the worst time.
Quick has been picking up his game since game 3 going 3-0 in the last 3 games. Without his strong play the Kings would not have had a chance in this come back but even more it has sent the Sharks scrambling into what may be another let down in the post season. The Sharks also have the decision of who they are going to play in net as going with Stalock over Niemi proved to be a lost gamble.One would think the Sharks would choose experience in this case and stick with Niemi in net.
The Lightning should be taking notes as they were the first team swept in the 2014 playoffs.
The big news out of the West is the Kings staying away from elimination against the Sharks. After game 3 of there series it looked like the Kings were all but out of the series and just needed to go through the formality of losing game 4 for Sharks to move on.
Quick wasn’t playing strong enough for the team to the move forward and on a team that doesn’t have the strongest offense, a strong goaltender is required.
Game 4 saw the Kings gaining the scoring touch as they defeated the Sharks 6-3 to stay on life support. Game 5 saw them follow up with a 3-0 shutout victory in San Jose. Continuing this momentum is huge for the Kings because if the last several years have shown anything about the Sharks, it is that they tend to lose their bite come the post season.
This may be the Sharks final strong year as eventually they may have to look to change their “old guard” but for now the key members on signed on contract for a few more years and with young stars like Hertl coming up and performing well anything can happen to this team in the next few years.