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Kings haven’t paid for mistakes…yet

Jun 8, 2014, 12:59 AM EST

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LOS ANGELES — It’s true that hockey is a game of mistakes. But this is getting ridiculous.

Just two games into the 2014 Stanley Cup Final and the list of costly, glaring blunders is already a lengthy one, on both sides.

In Game 1, Drew Doughty and Dan Girardi each had gaffes that led to goals for the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings, respectively.

In Game 2 – a contest that was played after a two-day break that was supposed to provide a refreshing respite for tired participants – Justin Williams had a turnover that led to a goal, and so did Brad Richards. Matt Greene made a couple of goofs that led to goals. Jonathan Quick and Willie Mitchell had a mix-up that led to a goal. There was a too many men penalty on the Kings, which led to a goal. Oh, and Ryan McDonagh tried to stick-handle when he shouldn’t have. Which led to a goal.

At least the overtime winner, a clever tip by L.A. captain Dustin Brown, was devoid of glaring error.

“You don’t want to do it, but it happens,” Kings forward Anze Kopitar said of all the mistakes. “They have some speedy guys that create turnovers. That’s just what’s going to happen sometimes. It is what it is.”

“Quite honestly, we’re not happy with how we’ve started these two games,” said Mitchell. “At all. It’s the Stanley Cup finals and you know everyone in this room cares. So much. But we haven’t executed, we haven’t executed well in the first half of games. It baffles everyone in here. It’s not a place we want to be in to have to climb out of all the time. Sooner or later it’s going to bite you in the ass.”

“Right now we’re doing a lot of things that aren’t in our game, haven’t been in our game for years here,” said Jarret Stoll. “We’re getting away with it I think right now. … It’s a game of mistakes. We made some mistakes on those goals, they’re in our net. You’re not going to blame your goalie. They made some mistakes that made it into their net. I’m sure that’s what they’ll say.”

“We still have huge room for improvement,” said Williams. “We can only get better. That’s the positive that we need to get out of this.”

The Kings could take solace that both games ended with L.A. victories, putting them just two wins away from their second championship in three years, despite the aforementioned poor starts in both Games 1 and 2.

The Rangers, meanwhile, were once again left to wonder what could have been. In Game 2, they had a 2-0 lead. And a 3-1 lead. And a 4-2 lead. All for naught.

“We blew another two-goal lead,” said New York’s Chris Kreider. “We lost in overtime. I had two Grade-A opportunities and didn’t finish, so I have to execute better.”

“They’ve been in three Game 7’s and come out on top,” said Girardi. “[The Kings] were Stanley Cup champions a couple years ago. They know what it takes to win. They’re getting those good bounces, those good plays in front.

“We’re just going to have to find a way to, when we have the lead, to hold on to it, especially against a team like this. We know they’re going to be coming. They have all that experience over there and we need to be ready for that.”

The good news for the Rangers is they haven’t lost at home yet. And if we’ve learned one thing from these playoffs, it’s that momentum can shift in a series, no matter how in control one team seems and how devastated everyone thinks the other should be.

Game 3 goes Monday at Madison Square Garden, where the Rangers will be hoping for a lift from the home crowd.

“I think we’ve played close to nine periods now,” said coach Alain Vigneault. “For the most part I’ve liked a lot of things about our game. Our guys are trying real hard. We’re going to continue to try. I mean, both games we had opportunities. We didn’t get it done.

“We’re going home in front of our great fans. We’re going to be ready for the next game.”

And if there’s one coach who should know about 2-0 leads in the Cup final, it’s Vigneault, whose former Vancouver side looked in control of the 2011 final after two wins at home, before the Bruins stormed back to win four of five, starting with a blowout victory in Boston in Game 3.

History, of course, says teams that lose the first two games of the final on the road are in big trouble. The all-time record of those teams is 3-32.

Related: Kings know they got away with one

  1. blomfeld - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    • 950003cups - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:45 AM

      As weird as you are (and you’re extremely weird) got the next week, you and I are comrades. It’s time for those Kings to pay for their sins of 2012!!!

      REDEMPTION! Is on the horizon…

      That is all.

  2. barkar942 - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    Don’t have to pay for your mistakes when the refs make crap non-calls! They called Pouliot for the same move at the other end early in the game and let the Kings get away with it.
    Then missing the puck not hitting the glass just before they score.
    Wasted four hours of my life just to have the refs affect the outcome!
    It is time to add goalie interference to review for both ways. If the offensive player is interfering, then they get the penalty. If the defenseman pushes the offensive player into the goalie, then the penalty gets called on the defenseman.

    • 950003cups - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:23 AM

      WAHHHH!!!! WAHHHHH!!!!

      Such crybabies. Devils got the worst screwing in he entire series in 2012. Nobody cried like ranger fans are crying. I guess you’re too used to having refs cheat for you.

      LOLOLOLOLOL!!!! Take a nap crybaby!

    • 950003cups - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:24 AM

      Winning isn’t easy when you don’t injure the starting goalie.

    • Gigagigagilgamesh - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:41 AM

      Holy Crybabies Batman!!!
      Blame it on the refs…
      Grow up~

  3. phillyphanatic77 - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    I gotta say, like most of the experts, I’ve underestimated the Rangers in this series. Sure they’ve lost two devastating games they probably should’ve won but it seems like they’ve outplayed the Kings for a majority of the series (excluding in the 3rd and OT, the most important times). Unfortunately, in the NHL playoffs you want 60(+) minute efforts or atleast clutch plays when the team needs it most, and that’s LA’s expertise. I tip my hat to NY but they’re still in an 0-2 hole. Just looking at the Kings run so far it’s clear nothing phases them. Whenever they need it most someone will ALWAYS step up… Quick, Gaborik, Carter, Williams, Brown, etc. And Lundqvist is doing enough but he needs more help. I picked the Kings in 5 (potentially 6) and it’d be stupid to change that now obviously, however I think the Rangers have the fight to take it 7 and then who knows. If I was AV I’d put in Hagelin in as much as humanly possibly. The guy always had another gear but right now he looks like he could be lethal. It’s been a MUCH more entertaining matchup than I originally thought and I’m glad. Hate the Rangers but I want them back in this series asap bc it’s been some great hockey.

    • Gigagigagilgamesh - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:43 AM

      Kings actually play better on the road…
      Most Kings fans were concerned with these home games considering we didn’t have home-ice advantage for the previous 3 series….

  4. 950003cups - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    Go kings go!

  5. gbatap - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    Lundvist won’t let in 3+ goals per game like Crawford did.

    – Every Rangers fan

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:12 AM

      Cups:

      Lundquist: 0
      Crawford: 1

  6. Professor Fate - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:54 AM

    I completely disagree with the headline. The Kings have paid for nearly every mistake they’ve made. So have the Rangers. The difference is that the Kings have overcome those mistakes and the Rangers have not. The first team in this series to limit those mistakes will be the first team to win a game by more than one goal.

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

      agreed 100% most of the rangers goals have come off of a turnover somehow. if a turnover that leads to a goal isn’t punishment for making a mistake, i dont know what is.

  7. jake1199 - Jun 8, 2014 at 2:06 AM

    95003> shut up! U don’t know what you are talking about and probably don’t even anything about hockey anyways! Rangers deserved a split in the series and you know it!

    • bigblueapple - Jun 8, 2014 at 2:10 AM

      The Rangers deserve to have their third stringer start while Kings fans rub it in. But then again, Henrik playing like a 3rd stringer is just as good, if not better.

    • Professor Fate - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:17 AM

      You’re right, jake, the Rangers did deserve to win both games…Right after the NHL mandates that all games are now only one period long. If you can’t go 60+ minutes you deserve nothing.

    • 950003cups - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:39 AM

      You’re right Jake. I do t know as much about hockey as I do math. So let me see, 5 is greater than 4, yet you think just because the rangers had a bum call (every team in every sport does too) they deserved to win with 4 over 5? I believe in hockey, the rules have always been, the team with the most goals wins. But you being an expert of the gam of hockey, feel different.

      TYPICAL RAGS FANS!

    • hrudey - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      They had a two goal lead in each game, including going into the third last night. They could have won either game by holding the lead or scoring in OT. They didn’t do that, though, and the Kings did score in OT both times. What you or anyone feels they deserved doesn’t get you a trophy, it’s what they’ve earned, and in this case it’s an 0-2 hole.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      What the hell do you expect from a fat Jersey girl?

  8. rdrfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 2:27 AM

    A win is a win

    • dannymac17 - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      i feel like this is being overlooked for the simple fact you spot the opposing team 2 goals.

  9. rupp246 - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:14 AM

    Too bad refs killed a great series, rangers got screwed. And to all you morons they say stop your crying, at least our team is still in it. All you ask for is consistency when’s making penalty calls and that did not happen last nite. I will guarantee you the rangers get the benefit of calls in game 3, but it might be too late.

    • avscup - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:04 AM

      Boo firkin who! The refs did this, the refs didn’t do that….

      You lost! The king let in 5.

      • 950003cups - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        Some “King” LOLOL. He’ll never win on that team. It’s been the Henrik Show since day one. Without him, they don’t make the playoffs. AVs system revolves around letting the goalie be exposed a bit more. In game 5 vs Pittsburgh, the team went back to the Torts shot blocking ways and clogged the neutral zone for turnovers aka The Trap, and it’s been working for them. But LA is just to physical for the rags. They’re paying the price to make plays too much. This LA team doesn’t blink in the face of adversity. Never seen anything like it.

    • greenandgoldgirl - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:41 AM

      The Rangers didn’t lose the game because of one call, sorry. I am amazed at how they can play so well for one period and then it’s like another team shows up the rest of the way. The only way the Rangers can win is to be more consistent. The Kings were down after making mistakes and they never stopped coming at the Rangers. The Rangers need to pull up their man pants, own their poor play and fix that or this is going to be over in 5.

    • merseyboye - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      If the shoe where on the other foot, I’d suspect that you would not be complaining. Get over it. Refs are human being and subject to error on occasion. It’s part’s of the game.

  10. wranglerick - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:11 AM

    No doubt the Kings got away with one, but the rangers had plenty of time to get back intovthe groove. They should use that as an inspiration to win.

  11. thegronk87 - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:11 AM

    I didn’t see the NY fans complaining when Jeffrey Maier interfered with Tony Torasco in 1996 to give the Yankees a “win” over the orioles in the playoffs.

    • 950003cups - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:35 AM

      Don’t go there.

      • thegronk87 - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:01 AM

        Why not? You’ve had enough championships you didn’t deserve.

      • 950003cups - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:19 AM

        Orioles would’ve got swept by Atlanta anyway. But yes, that was the game that turned around the franchise from its horrid 80’s disaster years, and turned them in to the dynasty they became. But there was no reason to poke Yankees fans in the eye about that. Rangers fans are mostly Mets and Jets fans. There addicted to teams that consistently lose.

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:06 PM

        You forgot the biggest New Yawk losers: the Knicks and Richie The CantonPeaBrain.

  12. papajack1259 - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Anyone watching has to see that LA did get bye with some big boo-boos. I have said from the start Lady Luck plays her role in sport no more than in Hockey. If NY does not start flopping and lose composure they should bounce back in game 3
    Haglan & Zuccarello (sp) have played outstanding it’s the big boys and Hank that have to pick up 4 goals make it 3 if you discount the non interference call will not win a Stanley cup game very often. Henri has to win one on a shutout for The Rangers to have a shot

    I said last night it hurts to be a Rangers Fan right now but your boys played a hell of a game…..the post did not help

    • thegronk87 - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:41 AM

      Lundqvist flopped and so did a few of the other rangers last night. both teams did it and got calls.

  13. rutledge3197 - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    95003cups….. Suck the D…… Where are your lame ass Devils….. Pretty NY knocked off the Pens & Flyers…what seed was NJ this year???….. Help me out scumbag

    • 950003cups - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      They’re exactly where they should be. Counting their cups, and watching you get slaughtered. From a golf course. Had bad luck this year. When we were full we knocked you off.

      HEMRIQUE! ITS OVER!

      Ahhh music to my ears.

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:08 PM

        Figures a punk shmuck like you is from the What Exit State? Now, you’re jealousy of New Yawk makes sense.

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:09 PM

        YOUR Jealous, Jersey loser.

  14. jpat2424 - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Two goals lead is not enough against this team. Believe me I’m a Hawks fan.

  15. papajack1259 - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    OK I will talk about the Elephant in every room…Who is Blomfeld? Is he a Hockey Rabbi? Is he. Foul mouth gangster? Or just a Mute Hockey Fan?
    Every Blomfeld post is blank?
    Anyone?

  16. terrier92 - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Paperjack he works for PHT. Posts to draw comment traffic

    • 19to77 - Jun 8, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      M. Night Shyamalan-level plot twisting taking place live on PHT. And here I thought blommer was just a good old-fashioned lunatic.

  17. papajack1259 - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Terrier TY ….. my wife works at BU

  18. jake1199 - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    95003> probably you are one of those fans out of the woodwork that is jumping on the bandwagon to cheer for the kings since you just involved in hockey and hate New York so much! ;)

    Of course a bad call been made, but the rangers have led the whole entire series and fate hasn’t been on their side!

    • 950003cups - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      Yeah Jake. I just learned about hockey. Never played it before. Oh, could you help me out and tell me what is this “icing” thing? And explain to me “offsides”. Is there an app where I could learn the rules? Why do the referees let them fight?

      GO KINGS GO!!!

      Lol

  19. rutledge3197 - Jun 8, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Livin in the past devil boy….. Typical… Now that old Marty is on his way finally…. Back to the bottom with the Islanders you go…. Enjoy the golf course you’ll be there for a fleet long time

  20. adamvant - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Good God Almighty, the Rangers fans are a bunch of whiny little crybabies. What? Are you gonna cry now? Cry, cry for me crybaby! Cry!

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