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Kings looking for better start…again

Jun 13, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

Mats Zuccarello AP

“The first 10 or 15 minute of [Game 4], we didn’t have the start or the intensity that we needed. It’s about bringing that right from the start.” — Dustin Brown

“We weren’t hard enough [at the start of Game 4], we weren’t heavy enough for the team that we are. We got better as the game went on and things started happening for us, but it was too little, too late for how we wanted to play the game.” — Justin Williams

“I didn’t think we had a great start.” — Anze Kopitar

You’ve sensed the theme — the Los Angeles Kings would like a better start to tonight’s Game 5 versus the New York Rangers than they got Wednesday at Madison Square Garden, where they failed to clinch the Stanley Cup Final.

It wasn’t just Wednesday’s start either. In fact, the Kings have been outscored 5-2 in the four opening periods of this series — not the kind of statistic you’d expect from a team that held a 3-1 series lead. Remember that the Rangers took 2-0 leads in each of the first two games at Staples Center, only for the Kings to battle back and win in overtime. The difference in Game 4 was that New York held on to its 2-0 lead, thanks in large part to the play of goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

The Kings have only opened the scoring once in the series, in Game 3 when they went on to win 3-0. Los Angeles is 9-2 when it scores first in these playoffs.

“We’re a team that plays a lot different I think when we have the lead and we play with confidence,” said Mike Richards. “We don’t sit back. We just keep pushing.”

  1. hrudey - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    That’s just the Kings – if they were the team that had outscored the opposition 5-2 in the first period, they’d still look for a better start, a better finish, and a better full 60 minutes. They’re not a team that cares what they’ve done that’s good, or what was bad, but what they can do better next chance they get.

  2. johnmr12 - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Please end it tonight. The stress is starting to affect my health. After this post season, I am going to need the same 3 months to recover that the players get.

  3. Eutaw's Finest - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    On the flip side the Rangers are looking to finish strong for the first time, as they still look for their 1st 3rd period goal in the series, a big reason why they cannot close out a game with ease.

  4. bleedrangerblue - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Redemption in LA tonight. Rangers find a way to win tonight( they should have at least split the first two) and head back to NY. Go Rangers!!!!

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