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Despite the loss, Rangers show off their speed

Jun 5, 2014, 1:02 AM EDT

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LOS ANGELES — Jonathan Quick said the Rangers’ speed was no surprise to his Kings.

Justin Williams said his Kings “certainly weren’t ready for the speed of their wingers.”

We’re not sure if those two opinions mesh — if the Kings knew the Rangers were fast, shouldn’t they have been ready? — but that’s not really important. After Game 1, everyone should be on the same page now. The key for Los Angeles will be how it handles that New York speed going forward.

“Just don’t turn the puck over,” said Kings forward Mike Richards. “We gave them short ice to work with all night. When you turn the puck over at the blue line, everyone’s out of position and they’re coming at us with a lot of speed. So it’s just managing the puck better.”

Kyle Clifford had a similar, simple solution — get pucks deep and don’t allow the Rangers’ forwards to “have a transition game.”

The key for New York, meanwhile, will be to keep finding ways to get its speedsters the puck, with the opportunity to turn on the jets.

“I think we played with a lot of speed and we created a lot of chances,” said one of those speedsters, Carl Hagelin. “Although we might not have had that many shots, but the chances we had were pretty good chances. If you can continue creating a lot of chances, we’re going to have a good chance [at winning the series].”

Hagelin, in fact, had a great opportunity to get the Rangers a victory in Game 1, only to be stopped on a late breakaway by Jonathan Quick.

“There could have been a lot of storylines tonight,” said Williams, the overtime hero for L.A. “They had a breakaway in the end of the third period that Quick made a great save on, [or] we wouldn’t be sitting here right now.”

  1. dolphincult - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    Gotta give credit where it is due. I thought maybe the habs were banged up but obviously the NYRs are totally fast. Now get ready for idiot Joey’s editorial which he shares on every article in the comments section

    • joey4id - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      Oh! Stop acting like a spoiled child and start acting like mature adult.

  2. blomfeld - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:13 AM


  3. terrier92 - Jun 5, 2014 at 5:27 AM

    I too was really surprised by Rangers speed. It is legit . They have to bury their chances if they are going to take series. A split makes it a series. Down 2 makes it a tough not impossible hill to climb.

  4. papajack1259 - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:53 AM

    With a little puck luck they could of taken the game. Watch out for the breakaway

    • avscup - Jun 5, 2014 at 9:35 AM

      With wings, pigs could get bat puzzy!

      The “king” couldn’t hold a two goal lead against the Kings!

  5. billiam55 - Jun 5, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    need to have a better third period though. they stopped using their speed.

    • paulerhythm - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      Maybe the Kings had something to do with why Rangers couldn’t bust out?

      • stakex - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:39 PM

        Perhaps the only reason the Kings had such a great 3rd was because the Rangers stopped using their speed? We could do this all day.

        In reality it was a little bit of both. The Kings played a very good 3rd period, but it was pretty obvious that the Rangers were not moving their feet or pressing the forecheck like they did in the 1st.

      • hrudey - Jun 5, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        Some of it was likely that, and a lot of it was likely that once the Kings stopped turning the puck over like they were drunken Mark Sanchez wannabes, it became a lot harder for the Rangers to get out of the zone at all, let alone with the speed they had in the first.

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