Channel Surfing is Too Many Men On The Site’s quick guide to tonight’s Stanley Cup Final action, as well as any other interesting broadcasts in the world of hockey. Included is a list of the scheduled games, game notes, as well as a pre-game warm up song.
Los Angeles Kings @ New York Rangers 8:00 PM NBCSN [Series: LAK 2-0]
- With the way the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs have played out, it should come as no surprise that the Los Angeles Kings hold a 2-0 lead in the series with the New York Rangers, despite not having held a regulation lead through the first two games. In Game 1 the Kings overcame a two goal deficit. They performed that same feat three times in Game 2. Whether it is an indication of the resiliency of the Los Angeles Kings, or damning evidence of the inability of the New York Rangers to hold a lead is up for debate. The Kings have won six post-season games in which they have trailed after the first period, so the resiliency of the Kings cannot be ignored. However, one cannot ignore that the Rangers have had ample opportunity to win Games 1 and 2, and have be unable to shut the door on the game. [NHL.com]
- The New York Rangers are hoping that a change of scenery will get them back in this series. New York will attempt to avoid a 3-0 series deficit in front of the home crowd at Madison Square Garden. 3-0 is a virtual death sentence in the Stanley Cup Final, as only three teams have rallied back (the most recent being the Boston Bruins against the Alain Vigneault coached Vancouver Canucks in 2011).
- Henrik Lundqvist has given the New York Rangers a chance to win, but as was stated before, has also been unable to hold on to four two-goal leads. In Game 2, Lundqvist blamed a missed interference call on the Los Angeles Kings third goal (which made it 4-3). It was this missed call that changed the entire dynamic of the game, according to Lundqvist. Unfortunately, calls will be missed and a Stanley Cup Final team needs to play better than the official call the game. Comments like that only fuel the fire of the Kings and let them know that they are getting under Lundqvist’s skin.
TMMOTS Pre-game Warm Up Song:
Less Than Jake – “Hell Looks A Lot Like LA”
[Especially relevant if you are the New York Rangers]