Kings Lead Stanley Cup Series 2-0
I - LAK 3; NYR 2*
II - LAK 5; NYR 4**
** double overtime
Los Angeles Kings
NEW YORK RANGERS
Madison Square Garden
33rd Street at 8th Avenue
NEW YORK RANGERS: No Harm Until We Lose At Home,
I agree there is certainly something uplifting about a raucous home crowd. However, there is way too much concern over the Madison Square Garden crowd, and what role they'll play in Game Three.
Why doesn't everyone just leave that to us - the fans. We decide who gets crap, and who and what makes us happy, and when. That goes for anyone who thinks (or thought) the crowd is an issue, to include Mike Keenan.
How about protecting a lead? How about closing out a game? How about avoiding overtime?
My silence or screaming from section 411 isn't going clear traffic in front of Henrik Lundqvist. Marian Gaborik scored Game Two's tying goal because he was allowed to loiter around the net unhindered. The game winning deflection (in double overtime) came because Dustin Brown was loitering in front of the net unhindered. That stuff is problematic, not the crowd.
We're playin' with these guys. The Rangers just keep shooting themselves in the foot. To their credit, they've had numerous chances in both games, but Jonathan Quick rose to the occasion.
Speaking of which, without scoring from Rick Nash, it is unlikely the Rangers can maintain a 3 or 4 goal per game clip. The man has 76 SOG in 22 playoff games, with only 10 points (3 goals) to show. Playing the Kings requires all hands on deck. Last game, might have been his best. But, no goals, and that's been the difference.
Win tonight, and we have ourselves a series. Just do it.