The clock is about the strike midnight on this NHL season’s Cinderella team, the New York Rangers. And wouldn’t you know it, who else but Hollywood would be putting an end to this Cinderella story? Well, Los Angeles to be exact. The Los Angeles Kings are a whole other beast that the Rangers are just not ready to slay.
See how I’m sticking with the Disney themes?
Anyway, if the Rangers think they can sit on a two-goal lead against the Kings, think again. They hopefully learned this lesson in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final when an early two-goal lead for the Rangers was never expanded upon and resulted in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Kings.
If Rick Nash thinks he can hold the puck for an extended period of time and proceed to deke around the entire Kings defense, and then deke out the Kings’ goaltender Jonathan Quick and score, he needs to think again. Nash’s tricks may work against non-playoff Eastern Conference teams, but elite Western Conference teams like the Kings laugh at Nash’s feeble attempts to create video game-style plays.
Finally, if the Rangers think they can continue to turn the puck over in their defensive zone and the neutral zone, and not pay the price, they need to think again. The Rangers’ failure to get the puck out of the zone cost them in all the goals they surrendered in Game 1, especially the brutal turnover in overtime when Rangers’ defenseman Dan Girardi just fell down and gave the puck right to the Kings.
Now, Cinderella may have a happy ending, but that is only a movie. The Rangers cannot bank on fairy tales to save their improbable season.