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    Official Stanley Cup Finals Thread.....Rangers v. Kings

    ....Because its the Cup.

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    From CBC.CA - The Tale of the Tape:

    Monday Musings: Rangers, Kings set to clash in Stanley Cup final
    By Tim Wharnsby Posted: Monday, June 2, 2014

    Some Monday musings to prepare you for the 2014 Stanley Cup final between the favoured Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers that begins on Wednesday.

    Here is the schedule for the championship:

    Game 1: Wednesday, June 4 at Los Angeles (8 p.m. ET).
    Game 2: Saturday, June 7 at Los Angeles (7 p.m. ET).
    Game 3: Monday, June 9 at N.Y. Rangers (8 p.m. ET).
    Game 4: Wednesday, June 11 at N.Y. Rangers (8 p.m. ET).
    Game 5: Friday, June 13 at Los Angeles (8 p.m. ET).
    Game 6: Monday, June 16 at N.Y. Rangers (8 p.m. ET).
    Game 7: Wednesday, June 18 at Los Angeles (8 p.m. ET).

    Head to head

    Kings regular season: 10th overall, 46-28-8, 100 points.
    Road to final: Defeated San Jose in seven, Anaheim in seven, Chicago in seven.

    Rangers regular season: 12th overall, 45-31-6, 96 points.
    Road to final: Defeated Philadelphia in seven, Pittsburgh in seven, Montreal in six.

    Playoff stats

    Goals by period LA: 23-21-27-2 (73) NY: 21-18-13-2 (54)
    Overall record LA: 12-9-0 NY: 12-8-0
    Home records LA: 5-4-0 NY: 6-4-0
    1-goal games LA: 4-5-0 NY: 5-2-0
    OT record LA: 2-2-0 NY: 2-1-0
    Score first LA: 8-2-0 NY: 10-3-0
    Shutouts LA: 1 NY: 1

    2013-14 regular-season meetings

    The finalists split their two games this season, but have not met in more than six months.

    Oct. 7: New York wins 3-1 at Staples Center.

    Rangers centre Brad Richards scored twice to put his club up 2-0 and defenceman Ryan McDonagh scored a fluky 180-foot shorthanded goal when Kings goalie Jonathan Quick lost his stick early in the third period. This was each team's second game of the season.

    Nov. 17: Kings win 1-0 at Madison Square Garden.

    Then Los Angeles backup goalie Ben Scrivens made 37 saves for the shutout and Tyler Toffoli scored the game-winner early in the second period with a bank shot off the skate of New York defenceman Anton Stralman. The Rangers felt they tied the game late, but it was ruled Dominic Moore had scored with a kicking motion.

    5 storylines

    1. The Rangers are on an incredible emotional run with the death of Martin St. Louis's mother in early May and the remarkable comeback story of Dominic Moore, who did not play last season after his wife, Katie, passed away from a rare form of liver cancer. The group has come together at the right time, has played for each other and has employed all the emotion as a positive force.

    2. The Kings are on an incredible three-year post-season run under head coach Darryl Sutter. It began with a five-game, first-round upset over Alain Vigneault and the Vancouver Canucks en route to a championship in 2012, a skate to the West final in 2013 and now a return to the final in 2014. Over the past 24 months, Los Angeles has demonstrated it is a team built for playoff success and it is a playoff-hardened bunch. No team has won back-to-back championships since Detroit in 1996-97 and 1997-98, but the Kings can be the first team since the late 1990s to win two titles in a three-season span. New Jersey came close with championships in 2000 and 2003. Chicago won in 2010 and 2013.

    3. On the ice, this is a matchup of teams with excellent goaltending with Henrik Lundqvist and Jonathan Quick, dependable defence corps led by Ryan McDonagh and Drew Doughty, and timely scoring. Both teams have managed comebacks in series, too. It may come down to two questions: Can the Kings deal with the Rangers' speed, and will the Blueshirts have an answer for the physicality and depth of Los Angeles?

    4. When the West final was extended to seven games, the Kings became only the third team to play the maximum 21 games through three rounds -- the 1993 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 2002 Colorado Avalanche are the others -- and the first to reach the Stanley Cup final. They haven't exhibited any signs that they're slowing down, despite the fact that Wednesday will be their 60th post-season game in the past 24 months. But it will be interesting to see if fatigue is a factor in the final, especially when you consider key players like Anze Kopitar, Doughty, Jeff Carter, Quick, Dustin Brown and Slava Voynov also played in Sochi at the Olympics.

    5. The Rangers and Kings have met in the playoffs only twice, in 1979 and 1981. New York won both best-of-five preliminary-round series. But there are some connections to both sides. Kings sniper Marian Gaborik played four-plus seasons with the Blueshirts. Quick was raised an hour away in Connecticut, idolized Rangers legend Mike Richter and cheered for New York. Rangers forward Brian Boyle was a 2003 first-round selection (26th overall) of the Kings and played his first 36 NHL games for Los Angeles before he was traded at the 2009 draft in exchange for a third-round pick (North Vancouver's Jordan Weal). The 22-year-old Weal has yet to play in the NHL, but he enjoyed a 23-goal, 70-point season in 76 games for AHL Manchester in 2013-14.

    3-round check-up

    After three rounds, 14 series and 88 games, here is a summary of playoff statistics:


    One-goal games: 42 (48 per cent)
    Home team wins: 52 (59 per cent)
    Overtime games: 28 (32 per cent)
    Scored first wins: 64 (73 per cent)
    Shutout games: 13 (15 per cent)

    Championship double

    The club is small, but the group of players who have won Olympic gold and a Stanley Cup in the same calendar year will expand by two this month. Currently, Ken Morrow (1980 United States and N.Y. Islanders), Brendan Shanahan and Steve Yzerman (2002 Canada and Detroit), Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews (2010 Canada and Chicago) are the only six players to accomplish the feat.

    Canadian Olympians Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis of the Rangers, or the Kings' Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter are about to become the latest to join this elite set.


    By the Numbers

    1 -- Loss in 14 Game 5, 6 or 7 contests over the past two playoff runs by the Blackhawks. That came Sunday night when they lost in overtime to L.A.
    7 -- Game 7s in the 2014 playoffs, tying the record for most series extended to the max, set in 1994 and matched in 2011.
    7-0 -- Record for Los Angeles forwards Marian Gaborik, Mike Richards and Justin Williams in career Game 7s.
    7, 13 -- Career goals and points scored in Game 7s for Williams, which matches the records set by Glenn Anderson (seven goals) and Doug Gilmour (13 points) after Williams had a goal and an assist on Sunday in the West final finale.
    99 -- Playoff victories for Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, who will have to wait until next year to try for the century mark.
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    Dan Rosen ‏@drosennhl 1m
    Gary Bettman reduces Daniel Carcillo's suspension to six games, making him eligible to return in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lithfan View Post
    Dan Rosen ‏@drosennhl 1m
    Gary Bettman reduces Daniel Carcillo's suspension to six games, making him eligible to return in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.
    Interesting.

    I always felt that the incident should have fallen under 40.4 (Category III) instead of 40.3 but that since Bettman hates Dolan so much that he would never give in and reduce the 10 games.

    He could have reduced it to 3 games which would have basically been "time served" but that would have been asking too much.

    I like what Carcillo brings to the team. His teammates love him and they feed off of him, even in his limited role (This is according to his teammates by the way).

    His presence in the first 3 games will be missed against a physical Kings team. Hoping the Rangers aren't down 3-0 by then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jordy View Post
    Interesting.

    I always felt that the incident should have fallen under 40.4 (Category III) instead of 40.3 but that since Bettman hates Dolan so much that he would never give in and reduce the 10 games.

    He could have reduced it to 3 games which would have basically been "time served" but that would have been asking too much.

    I like what Carcillo brings to the team. His teammates love him and they feed off of him, even in his limited role (This is according to his teammates by the way).

    His presence in the first 3 games will be missed against a physical Kings team. Hoping the Rangers aren't down 3-0 by then.

    If Prust was penalized at the time of the incident, then Carcillo probably doesn't tangle with the linesman. Good that Bettman shortened it but it still should be shorter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jordy View Post
    Interesting.

    I always felt that the incident should have fallen under 40.4 (Category III) instead of 40.3 but that since Bettman hates Dolan so much that he would never give in and reduce the 10 games.

    He could have reduced it to 3 games which would have basically been "time served" but that would have been asking too much.

    I like what Carcillo brings to the team. His teammates love him and they feed off of him, even in his limited role (This is according to his teammates by the way).

    His presence in the first 3 games will be missed against a physical Kings team. Hoping the Rangers aren't down 3-0 by then.
    Well, it was the linesman and the refs that decided what category it was, not Bettman. So I think Carcillo got as good as can be expected with this reduction. No chance that Bettman would undermine the refs and reduce it to 3 games. Personally, I'm surprised that that they classified it as a category II but I guess what he did was far in excess of what players normally do in that situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crasherino View Post
    Well, it was the linesman and the refs that decided what category it was, not Bettman. So I think Carcillo got as good as can be expected with this reduction. No chance that Bettman would undermine the refs and reduce it to 3 games. Personally, I'm surprised that that they classified it as a category II but I guess what he did was far in excess of what players normally do in that situation.
    You mean the same 4 officials who for some unexplained reason missed a blatant open ice late hit that lead to this whole series of events?

    They deserved to be undermined IMO.

    I realize that Bettman didn't determine the initial ruling but that group that night was horrendous in every aspect of the game, including the ruling. I think that in the future, that ruling should be taken away from the on-ice officials and determined by the league. It would take any personal feelings or emotions out of the decision.

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    I thought Jim Dolan was supposed to be the worst thing ever to happen to NY sports. Oh well

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    Quote Originally Posted by detjetsfan View Post
    I thought Jim Dolan was supposed to be the worst thing ever to happen to NY sports. Oh well
    How has that changed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by detjetsfan View Post
    I thought Jim Dolan was supposed to be the worst thing ever to happen to NY sports. Oh well
    Vincenzo, for wrecking your favorite joke of a team and undermining WSS,
    yes. For not meddling with his 2nd favorite team, no.

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    Practice inside Staples Center this morning.

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    I'll be in the arena tomorrow night for Game 1. LGR!

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    Quote Originally Posted by detjetsfan View Post
    I thought Jim Dolan was supposed to be the worst thing ever to happen to NY sports. Oh well
    He's been fine for the Rangers, no? You can say he stayed with Sather too long but Sather has been pretty good this year. All Dolan does for the Rangers is spend to the cap and stay out of the way. That's a pretty good owner.

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    Jinx attempt by moving the discussion out of the playoffs thread?

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    Plenty of tickets available for tonight's game through Ticketmaster. You could buy as many as 4 together at the lowest ticket price ($399).

    http://www.ticketmaster.com/la-kings...4&minorcatid=9

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    LOS ANGELES -- Kings star goalie Jonathan Quicktook a shot up around the collar-bone/neck area Tuesday in practice and seemed to be in discomfort but said he's fine heading into Wednesday night's Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals.

    "Yup,'' Quick answered when asked if he was fine after taking the shot from teammate Kyle Clifford and then leaving, near the end of practice.

    "He's fine, no big deal,'' Clifford said.

    Coach Darryl Sutter also seemed surprised to take a question on Quick's health.

    "Jonathan is a tough guy," Sutter said after practice. "He's probably the first guy out of the room.''


    Nice try Kreider!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDNYjets View Post
    Jinx attempt by moving the discussion out of the playoffs thread?
    You got me. A thread on a message board is definitely going to affect the outcome of the SCFs.

    (That's what I have the Ryan McDonagh voodoo doll for!)

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    It would be great for the Rangers to win it on the 20 year anniversary of their last CUP. Also, I have a 20-1 odds preseason bet on them to win it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nyahay bus View Post
    Plenty of tickets available for tonight's game through Ticketmaster. You could buy as many as 4 together at the lowest ticket price ($399).

    http://www.ticketmaster.com/la-kings...4&minorcatid=9
    No way! What about garden tix?

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