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Rangers trying to look on the bright side

Jun 10, 2014, 2:11 PM EDT

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At this point, the odds are heavily stacked against the New York Rangers. They haven’t proven yet that they can seal the deal against the Los Angeles Kings when they have a two-goal lead and now they have to beat them four times in a row.

At a time like this, it’s important for the New York Rangers to look at the bright side. And what is that at this point? Well, the fact that they even have a game scheduled for June 11th is a good start.

“There’s 28 teams that would love to be in our place right now,” Rangers forward Marty St. Louis said, per’s Brian Compton.

“It’s still an unbelievable situation to be in a Stanley Cup Final,” Brad Richards told’s Dan Rosen. “We’ve gotta remember that.”

It’s an opportunity that doesn’t come often. Richards and St. Louis made it to the Cup Final in 2004 and they had to fight for another decade before they could get back. And making it this far twice in their careers makes them two of the lucky ones.

The fact is, the Rangers might as well fight into the bitter end, not just because that’s what they’re supposed to do or because that’s how they got this far in the first place, but because every player on the roster realizes that, even down 3-0 in the series, they might not get a better chance at winning the Stanley Cup than they have right now.

“It’s not like we’ve been outplayed here. That’s not been the case,” Henrik Lundqvist insisted, according to the Canadian Press’ Stephen Whyno.

The Rangers certainly have been the better team at times, but not nearly often enough. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault was asked what they could do differently and he bluntly said “score,” but that won’t be enough.

The Kings have found different ways to beat them and along the way, they have furthered their reputation as the most resilient team in this year’s postseason. The Rangers have to take that title from them because nothing short of that will be sufficient.

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  1. imleftcoast - Jun 10, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    It’s probably a realistic attitude. The Habs should be there, and probably will be next year while the Rangers will be golfing.

    • steelwarriors55 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      Dont make the mistake to think they could challenge a western conference team.Habs here would be in the same situation yes even with your precious Carey in net

  2. 950003cups - Jun 10, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    What bright side? That the phrase “Matteau Matteau Matteau” will last another 20 years?

    They have to rattle off the next four games in a row. If not, I never wanna hear the phrase “The King” referring to Lundqvist. You wanna be a king? Here’s your chance. Otherwise, him and his loser fans will forever hold their peace. And their piece as well!

    • blomfeld - Jun 10, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      Well said 95,000 Cups !

      Like you, I too have never understood what Lundqvist is supposed to be the ‘King’ of ? Is he related to the Swedish royal family or something ? … does he hold an executive position on the board of the Burger King Corporation ? … or is he actually a LA King working ‘deep’ undercover as the Ranger net minder ? In all honesty, I can’t stand the way titles are so ‘frivolously’ given today with scant regard for either merit or validity. And you know who’s to blame for all of this ? … you’ve got it Pontiac, those God damn Kardashians ! :)

      • 19to77 - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        Just saying, it’s not 95,000 cups. It’s ’95 and ’03, the years the Devils won the Cup. Which you might have known if you had watched hockey at all before jumping on the Kings bandwagon halfway through the 2012 playoff run like everyone else in LA.

      • 19to77 - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:50 PM

        ’95, ’00 and ’03, derp.

      • blomfeld - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:06 PM

        19 into 77 …

        Okay pal, then without using your computer, name all three members of LA’s ‘Off Broadway’ Line back in 74-75 ? … ready .. go ! :)

    • polishblue - Jun 10, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      lol you never wanna hear the phrase “The king” if the rangers don’t rattle off the next four wins in a row? what if he wins next year or anytime during the next 8 years that hes signed to – will we get your ‘oh so holy’ permission to call him “the king”?

      this is his chance to cement his history, but it doesn’t mean its his only chance. he’s referred to as king of new york because yes, he’s swedish and they have crowns as their logos and country symbols and he turned the organization around. from missing the playoffs for 7 straight years to taking them into the playoffs 8 out of 9 seasons, our “King” pretty much carried the team on his back and brought back respectability to the rangers logo.

      does that mean he’s the king of the world? no, but he’s easily one of the best goalies in the league the last decade and he’s considered the king of ny hockey because sadly there is no other hockey hero ny has had since ’94 and ill admit that. he’s carried teams that should not have been playoff bound and to us ranger fans, that means something. sure, that does speak volume about the lack of success we’ve seen over a long period of time but does it make us losers for following our team and not jumping the nj bandwagon to what was once a winning franchise in the most boring era of hockey or does it just mean that we’re loyal and its the logo we follow and not just the results?

      and speaking of bandwagon, i use that term loosely because honestly nobody gives a damn about the devils. you had your success during a time that you had one of the best goalies in the history of hockey and quite honestly, you’re never going to repeat that history. but even with all that history, you fail to fill a building and get enough “fans” to fill a damn building. and you’re on these boards everyday just bashing the rangers when you get too bored of swinging your golf club for the past 3 months. if you want to call a fanbase a bunch of losers, look at your own because i’d rather suffer and see limited success with my team than root for a team that is irrelevant at this point in time and will stay that way for years to come.


      Henrik “King” Lundqvist, your mothers wet dream…you loser

      • nj666 - Jun 10, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        aw the blue tears are so salty and delicious… No he’s no king, and next season all of the “hardcore” rangers fans of executives in suits will go back to not giving a crap until next april…

      • coopjr - Jun 10, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        The Rangers just aren’t good enough.

      • polishblue - Jun 10, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        nothing wrong with this statement. one thing ill debate though is they are good enough to hang with the kings, they just can’t find the way to win…and the kings clearly have. thats props to them. good teams play well, great teams win even if they don’t play well

      • polishblue - Jun 10, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        salty? about the fact the devils fans feel like they’re team has been relevant at any point the last 2 years?

        no, i just take offense to someone bashing my team and sounding like an angry fairy for no real reason really.

        and whats wrong with the suits? i wear a suit sometimes with my rangers blue socks and undies under it. does that mean im not a real fan? most ridiculous thing i’ve ever heard.

        what am i supposed to bash you for: next season all of the “hardcore” devils fans of executives in suits…wait no….all of the “hardcore” devils fans…wait no…devils fans? oh i got it…next season all of you “hardcore” devils fans in the devils army who are pretty much getting paid to stand at every game and bang your stupid drums can keep doing what your doing. just dont look across the river, don’t want you to get too blue when you see an actual fanbase

      • 950003cups - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        “What if?” If he wins next year then you tards may commence to call him a King. Until then, you, your so-called “king” and the rest of his douche-sack fans can LICK BRODEUR’S ROYAL 3X CHAMPION BALLS!!!

      • polishblue - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:30 PM

        like his wife’s sister? ill pass. probably too much ketchup and grease on those pebbles.

      • 950003cups - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:45 PM

        Maybe like your “Messiah” (another pathetic name) Mark Messier’s child who he tried to skip out on paying for. Brodeur married his woman, while Messier, just tried to slither his way out of raising the kid. ANOTHER SCUMBAG!! MARK MESSIER!!

        Read it and weep you LOSER!!

      • 950003cups - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:49 PM

        Just to keep things real. Although I know that’s not relevant for ranger fans, being that they have a “king” who never won, and a “messiah” who has 5 rings with another team and ONE with them who just quit the organization. Brodeur married the woman who was once married to the brother of his wife. Not his wife’s sister you tard!

      • nj666 - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:50 PM

        polish blue hating on marty for getting some poon…

      • blomfeld - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:00 PM

        Polski Blue ..

        You’re to be commended for being a ‘loyal’ supporter of your team and showing such passion. Nonetheless, I maintain that you people ought to take it easy with this ‘King’ business until such time that you win it all. As a holder of Swedish citizenship, I’m not buying this ‘Tre Kronor’ argument at all. Because if it’s ‘gamla’ Sverige that you’re worried about, then a better nickname for Lundqvist would probably be the ‘Volvo’ or perhaps the ‘Abba’ if you prefer ? Unlike the Kardashians and their ‘parasitic’ ilk who I loathe with a passion, I actually have nothing against you Rangers and your fans. All I know is that ‘you’ people are standing in the way of a ‘King’s’ army and therefore you must now be removed without further ado …

        *** assorted examples of ‘real’ Kings ***

        1) Jonathan Quick
        2) King George V
        3) Elvis Presley
        4) Jesus of Nazareth
        5) Drew Doughty
        6) Muhammad Ali
        7) King James of Scotland
        8) Martin Luther King
        9) Jeff Carter

  3. thegronk87 - Jun 10, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    The bright side is that rangers fans can dust off their 1994 VHS rangers championship video and relive past glory lol. Meanwhile, the rest of us whose teams won recent championships can watch on itunes.

    • 950003cups - Jun 10, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      They can also go back and watch the one just before 1994. I believe it was 1940. Did they make DVD’s that year? Was it televised? Did they have live TV? Is there a copy of the radio broadcast?

      GO KINGS GO!!!

      • polishblue - Jun 10, 2014 at 4:23 PM

        youtube, actually

      • 950003cups - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        NO, actually. All I find are grainy videos of 1994. You have a link to the 1940 Rangers Cup Final?

      • 19to77 - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:55 PM

        Man, there’s something just sad about a fan gleefully licking the boots of the team that knocked his out of the Final just a couple years ago simply because they happen to be doing the same to a rival team now. Were you fellating them this eagerly as they ended the Devils’ season too?

      • 950003cups - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:24 PM

        Nope, but the rags fans were.

        Only way to make us stop, is to win 4 games in a row.

        I don’t see rags fans huffing and spewing out their blue pride after they became undressed by a team who has their starting goalie. Philly really doesn’t have a starting goalie yet, and Fleury in postseason is well….. he stinks. Then you have Carey Price, who they injured “accidentally on purpose” to play another five games against a rookie who they made look like the next Brodeur. Only to falsely mosey on down to the cup finals and face a team who is spotting them 2 goals a game (just to make things interesting) and still whooping their butts.

        Is it fun? HELL YEAH!!!!!!!!

  4. rsl22 - Jun 10, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    • rsl22 - Jun 10, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      Sorry, I’m gonna try this again:

      • rsl22 - Jun 10, 2014 at 3:05 PM

        Well I can’t get it to embed, but still funny.

  5. homerx - Jun 10, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Wow, I’ve never seen more sore winners in my life. The fact that the Rangers are playing for the Stanley Cup speaks volumes considering a coaching change this year. Look back in your franchises history and you will see similar patterns.

    If the King sucks and the Rangers suck what does it say to your team that needed OT in the first two games to win? If you were so good you would have pitched three shutouts right?

    • peymax1693 - Jun 10, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      Don’t try to use logic. The bottom line is that because the Kings are up 3-0, their fans get the right to say they are the greatest team since sliced bread while also saying the Rangers are the worst team to be in the Stanley Cup finals in recent memory.

      The fact that the Kings never lead in either of the first two games, or that Game 2 turned on a phantom goal or that all 3 of goals last night were due to fortunate puck bounces doesn’t mean anything. 3-0 is all that matters.

    • 950003cups - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      So, now the douche-sack ranger fan base is resorting to moral victories? I didn’t hear any of this in 2012 when the Devils got out nuts crushed in the Cup Final. Yes, we lost 3 in a row. Just like you clowns. Except, your team is already talking as if they’re satisfied with just being there, and might want to forfeit the next game. While the Devils rallied and made it a six game series in the end.

      Kings = 4
      Rangers = 0

      SWEEEEEP COMING!!!!!!!

    • 22lakings22 - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      The only commenters here are New Jersey fans, basking in the Rangers shutout loss. They’re trying to get your goat & it looks like it’s working. While I enjoy reading the pro-Kings comments, a true Kings fan won’t be happy (or able to breathe) until Brownie is hoisting his second Cup. A sweep would be amazing, but you never know what can happen. The Kings have been there before. That being said…Go Kings Go!!

      • blomfeld - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:18 PM

        “a true Kings fan won’t be happy (or able to breathe) until Brownie is hoisting his second Cup”

        WELL SAID FRIEND ! :)

        Hopefully our team is staying focused on the ‘task at hand’ and not getting ahead of themselves eh ? You know, in golf I’ve always found a direct correlation between ‘good play’ and ‘indifference’ to my scorecard … weird but very true.

  6. homerx - Jun 10, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Also, what did the Kings do when they were down three in the first round? did they look at the bright side or did they mail it in?

    • 950003cups - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      They didn’t look at any bright sides. They reached down their jocks, took a hold of their manhood, and did the unthinkable. You’r “Queen” is whining like the sissy he is.

  7. ronniethec - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    St. Louis said that there are 28 teams that would love to be where the Rangers are. Well, there is one team that would not want to be where the Rangers are. And Henrik said that it’s not like the Rangers have been outplayed. The Kings are up 3-0. The Rangers have been outplayed.

    • blomfeld - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:21 PM

      Yeah … and Vigneault said today that there were ’29’ teams that would love to be where the Rangers are ? :)

  8. bskid25 - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    950003 is the typical devil fan. A moron, who justifies his team’s piss poor season by trolling all day on ranger blogs. Good for you man. Didn’t he kings romp you in 2012? One thing you can bank on, is that if the rangers do end up losing this series, they won’t go down 6-1 in an elimination game, that’s for sure. Jackass.

    • 950003cups - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      That’s a pretty bold prediction.

      There’s still a very good chance you get blown out in an elimination game AND get swept all in the same night. Devils went down in 6 games. What are the rags doing?

  9. papajack1259 - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    I am sorry but Henrik should of stopped the goal to end the first period. He truly was to deep and not focused he got a glove on it but at that point after the Rangers inept PP

  10. papajack1259 - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Henrik has to stop that shot. That said tomorrow the Rangers have to win they have to find a way and having no
    Attachment to either team it has to be Henrik who shuts down LA that means the Rangers have to score and play with a lead. having watched all games I just don’t see that happening.
    with the exception of Haglan, Zuccerello, and at times St Louis their big guys have been dormant it has nothing to do with the refs or puck luck LA is on a roll.
    The Rangers must show Heart and step up. There is a sadness when the Cup is raised in your building by an opponent

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