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PHT Morning Skate: Kings go for sweep in Game 4

Jun 11, 2014, 8:34 AM EDT

Mats Zuccarello AP

The Los Angeles Kings have been in these shoes before. Just two years ago they were up 3-0 in the Stanley Cup Final against the New Jersey Devils and looked to complete the sweep. The Devils managed to win two games before L.A. bounced them out in six.

The New York Rangers would like to do what the Devils did and then some this time around, but things seem different this time around.

Game 4: New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings [Los Angeles leads series 3-0] (8:00 p.m. ET — NBCSN)

Everything that could go wrong has for the Rangers in the Final.

When Henrik Lundqvist has played strong, the Kings have gotten the fortuitous bounces. When the offense has done well, the defense let them down. When they’ve established two-goal leads, they’ve only evaporated. So what’s left in Alain Vigneault’s bag of tricks? There’s at least one option.

Forward Daniel Carcillo is eligible to return for Game 4 and his presence may be needed to spark a little bit of life in his teammates. During yesterday’s press availability, the Rangers had the same feeling about them that a man headed for execution might. Doom, gloom, and a bleary future awaiting. With Carcillo’s six-game suspension up, perhaps a little new blood is what they need.

All of that may not mean much if Jonathan Quick plays the way he did in Game 3. His outstanding play on Monday night was the type of series-swinging thing New York didn’t need in a virtual must-win situation. Now they’ll look to Lundqvist to try and do the same the rest of the way.

Lundqvist has done it once before in these playoffs, just ask the Pittsburgh Penguins, but the Kings are a different kind of beast. Of the 11 goals scored by L.A. in this series, all of them have been scored by a different player. Stopping that kind of attack makes the Rangers’ task at hand all the more difficult.

  1. billiam55 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    scratch richards. either that or take him off the PP. hes hurting the team worse with his awful play.

  2. islander75 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    rangers should stop complaining about bad bounces and being unlucky.

    they should start getting focused, avoiding deadly turnovers (girardi anyone?) and score finally some goals. they have to battle back and fight like men and not whining and crying about the bad luck they had.

    quick was outstanding in game 3 but wasn’t so all playoffs long. he’s been an inconstant netminder so keep him buisy. he’ll make mistakes for sure

  3. gbatap - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    The Rangers will do anything? I don’t know about that. The biggest thing that stood out to me after game three was Brad Richards interview where he said they’ll play game four because it’s “on the schedule “. If his teammates have the same mentality, the Rangers are done tonight.

    • jaybyrd99 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      They seem like a beaten team,weary and down. They’re trying to say the right things but their demeanor seems to say something quite different. Unlike when they were down 1-3 to Pitt,with the emotion of Marty’s mom dying, and the positive energy was still there(I personally thought they’d win game 5 and lose in 6 to Pitt,). I’m resigned to the fact that it’s more than likely the Kings win tonight.

  4. steelcity333 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Sadly I think a great 2014 postseason, one of the best in a while, will end with a dud tonight. Kings will finish the sweep. As a Penguins fan I was rooting for a Kings win but wanted a great, hard fought, 7 game series but instead we got a dud.

    • patthehockeyfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      While I’m loving the SC Finals (Kings’ fan here), the series that eclipsed all others was the Western Conference Finals – Hawks vs. Kings. Some have remarked that that series was the virtual SC Finals.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:00 PM

        It’s a shame that the Hawks and Kings couldn’t play for the Cup and we’re stuck with the Kings playing with their food.

        It’ll end soon. Kings deservingly won the Cup on the 1st, anyway.

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