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Boyle sounds off after another frustrating loss

Jun 8, 2014, 12:48 AM EDT

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The New York Rangers came as close as they could to winning Games 1 and 2 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, yet find themselves down 2-0 to the Los Angeles Kings.

Brian Boyle takes little relief in falling just short of winning, however, as the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

“I don’t give a [expletive] about underdogs,” Boyle said. “That’s ridiculous. Give me a break. We’re not. We’re here, too. We’re a good team. And we can’t take any solace [in two close games] because we lost.

“We came here to win games. It doesn’t matter how the hell we do it, we have to win the game. If you don’t win the game you didn’t do what you came to do and that’s the worst feeling there is.”

Other Rangers put a more positive spin on Saturday’s 5-4 double-overtime loss to the Kings, yet Boyle’s refusal to sugarcoat the loss might just be the honest reaction. After all, it’s pretty difficult to recover from losing two straight postseason games in which you had 2-0 leads.

Still, the Rangers get a chance to “hold serve” in this series by turning things around at Madison Square Garden. It’s a quick turnaround with Game 3 on Monday, so it’s probably ideal that it seems like there was plenty of optimism mixed in with the dejection.

Either way, the Rangers don’t have a long time to linger on these losses. We’ll find out soon enough if that ends up being a positive thing.

  1. blomfeld - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    • bcsteele - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:44 AM

      Everyone hates you

  2. 950003cups - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    Wasn’t it AV who proclaimed the underdog role? The wheels are coming off.

  3. khmerson562 - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    He’s mad because he’s not with the kings anymore.

  4. broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:50 AM

    What a crybaby. Just play the damn game you whiner.

  5. bskid25 - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    2 people on the same team can’t have differing opinions on their view of the underdog role? Give me a break. If they can just stop blowing leads, they’ll be just fine.

  6. stuka9 - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    A girl walks into a bar wearing a Ranger jersey. A guy walks up to her & says ‘ Hi, my name is Two Goal Lead, what’s yours?” She says, “What kind of name is Two Goal Lead?” He replies “I figured anyone wearing a Ranger jersey would blow a Two Goal Lead.”

    • simonator917 - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:03 AM

      Whoa!

    • girouxsalem89 - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      Great work.

  7. merseyboye - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Most Ranger fans are whining about the goalie interference call. Rangers fans should focus on their team maintaining a lead. When you give up 4 two goal leads in two games, I guess the results speak for themselves. I’d love to see the tables turned and see if the Rangers had enough heart to overcome what the Kings accomplished. Go kings Go,,!!!!!!!!!!

    • moarjam - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      I agree with you buuuut the goalie interference call is what blew the lead…Either way you have to play through it

  8. hockeysox161 - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Just want to point out that Alain Vigneault is the same coach who brought Vancouver to the finals and got swept… Could it be… Could he do it again? That’d be a heck of a record there.

    • moarjam - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      No he didn’t…Vancouver lost to Boston in 7 games. Idiot.

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