In what could have been the New York Rangers‘ last game of the season, facing an 0-3 hole to the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals, puck luck definitely helped guide the Rangers to victory in Game 4 to avoid, or temporarily postpone, elimination.
Not once, but twice the Madison Square Garden ice prolonged the Rangers’ season last night as the Kings were robbed of two sure goals which stopped right on the goal line. Both times looked as if the puck was going to slide into the net, but the Garden’s clumpy ice stopped the puck dead in its tracks right on the goal line. I could not have made this stuff up even if I tried.
If the ice did not play a factor, than the Kings would have won the game 3-2, completed the sweep, and captured the Stanley Cup last night. But instead it was the Rangers who held on to win 2-1, and with that barely stay alive for the time being, and force Game 5 back in Los Angeles, where the ice is just as bad or even worse as players from both teams were slipping and sliding all over the ice and pucks were bouncing all over the place throughout Game 1 and Game 2 of this series at Staples Center.
Game 4 was one of the worst games the Rangers have played in this series so far, while the Kings probably played their best game of the series so far in that same game, yet it was the Rangers that won Game 4. Go figure, since the Rangers’ two best games of the series so far came in Game 1 and Game 2 in Los Angeles where the Kings won both of those games. I guess it is better to be lucky than good but unfortunately for the Rangers it has been the Kings with the majority of the puck luck in this Stanley Cup Finals, with only Game 4 being the exception.