The turning point of Saturday night’s Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings was the blatant no-call in the third period on Kings forward Dwight King for goaltender interference on Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, leading to the Kings cutting the Rangers’ lead to 4-3. The Kings went on to tie the game at four, and then proceeded to win it 5-4 in double overtime. With that victory, the Kings now take a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final and the Rangers feel it should be 1-1 because if the goaltender interference was properly called, New York would have won the game 4-3 in regulation. However, what is done is done and the Rangers cannot afford to dwell on the missed call of Game 2 or they will find themselves swept out of the Final.
Hours after Game 2 was completed, and even the day after the game, the Rangers and their fans are still complaining about the no-call and frankly, while the fans can continue to complain, the Rangers’ players need to shut up.
The Rangers’ players and coaches need to have their full attention and focus on Game 3 Monday night because they could soon be staring elimination right in the face.
New York cannot afford to have the missed goaltender interference call linger on and lose focus of the task at hand because of it. Game 3 in New York City at Madison Square Garden is a must-win game and I honestly fear the Rangers getting swept out of their own building and losing the Stanley Cup due to their past misfortunes being in the back of their minds. Those mishaps rearing their ugly heads throughout the rest of this series could very well cause it to last only two more games.