Despite falling to the New York Rangers and having to wait at least two more nights before lifting their second Stanley Cup in three seasons, the Los Angeles Kings have nothing to worry about. In Game 4 with the Cup in the building at Madison Square Garden, the Kings played one of their best games not only in the series but arguably in the playoffs. While the Kings were great, The King was both otherworldly and extremely lucky.
Henrik Lundqvist stole the show and lived up to his billing as the King of New York by turning aside 40 of the Kings’ 41 shots. Lundqvist proved having a great goalie can stop any team regardless of how great said team is as a unit.
Among the positives the Kings can take from Game 4 was the play of Mike Richards and team captain Dustin Brown. With the amnesty rumors swirling around him, Richards brought his physical, tenacious game and was a force on the forecheck making life hard for the Rangers’ defensemen all night long.
Likewise Brown played with brute force but also scored one of the prettiest goals of the playoffs, beating Lundqvist with an array of stickhandling that would’ve made Pavel Datsyuk proud. Brown’s play in this series has been amazing which, given his struggles this season, have come as almost an added bonus for the Kings.
With the series shifting back to the west coast, the Kings will need to replicate their Game 4 game plan and bring it every single shift. If they do that they’ll surely end the night with a victory lap around the Staples Center and their names once again remembered in immortality.