2014 Stanley Cup Final: 5 Reasons To Watch Los Angeles Kings vs. New York Rangers

2014 Stanley Cup Finals: 5 Reasons To Watch Los Angeles Kings vs. New York Rangers

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The 2014 Stanley Cup Finals are about to begin between the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers. The series holds plenty of interesting storylines and features great players like Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty, Henrik Lundqvist and Martin St. Louis. Both teams had unlikely paths to the Finals, but each is playing great hockey entering the final round. Here are five reasons to watch the two teams clash for the cup.

5. Marian Gaborik Facing His Old Team

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5. Marian Gaborik Facing His Old Team

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The Kings acquired Marian Gaborik at this season's trade deadline from the Columbus Blue Jackets. It’s looked like a great move by L.A., as Gaborik leads the league in goals this postseason with 12. Prior to Columbus, Gaborik spent three and a half years in New York and would love to beat his old team on the big stage. When the Kings travel to New York for Games 3 and 4, it will be Gaborik’s first time back at Madison Square Garden.

4. L.A. Dynasty or Broadway History?

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4. L.A. Dynasty or Broadway History?

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The Kings have reached three Conference Finals in a row and will have two Cups in three seasons if they can beat New York. That’s as close to a dynasty as hockey has seen in the last decade if L.A. can win it all. On the other side, a Cup in the Big Apple would be huge for fans and the city. New York hasn’t had a team in a major final since the Yankees won the World Series in 2009. Besides that, it’s been 20 years since the Rangers won the cup.

3. The Goaltending Matchup

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3. The Goaltending Matchup

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The goaltending matchup for the Finals is as good as it gets. Lundqvist enters the Finals with amazing numbers, and Quick has made some huge saves at key moments to keep his team alive. Both seem to shine brightest in the biggest of games, which makes it extremely interesting to find out who will play better. Each team knows that their Cup hopes rest very much on the play of their goaltenders.

2. Battle of the Coasts: NYC vs. L.A.

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2. Battle of the Coasts: NYC vs. LA

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Plain and simple -- it’s the two biggest markets in the NHL. It’s Staples Center and MSG. Not much more should need to be said if you’re thinking of watching. It will be the first time these teams will meet in the Finals, and it’s two of the most popular places in the United States.

1. Who Ultimately Perseveres?

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1. Who Ultimately Perseveres?

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Whoever wins, they'll deserve it. The Kings were down 3-0 in the first round and found a way to come back. They have faced elimination seven times and won them all. The Rangers trailed 3-1 in the second round and found a way to win three straight, including two on the road. They’ve also dealt with injuries to key players. This is No. 1 because those comebacks mean nothing if they don’t finish it now, and seeing who does is a huge reason to watch.

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