5 Players Who Need to Perform in Game 5 of 2014 Stanley Cup Final

5 Players Who Need to Perform in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final

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Going into Game 5, the Los Angeles Kings hold a 3-1 over the New York Rangers in the series after failing to seal the deal on Wednesday night. The Rangers are obviously the team most in need of a victory, but the Kings must be eager to close out the series and celebrate their second Cup in three years at home. Here are five players who could make or break the game for their team.

5. Anze Kopitar

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5. Anze Kopitar

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Kings center Anze Kopitar led the team in scoring this season. However he has had a very pedestrian performance in terms of scoring in the Stanley Cup Final. Kopitar has zero goals and two assists through the first four games of the series. If Kopitar's stick comes alive in Game 5, the Rangers will certainly be goners.

4. Jonathan Quick

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4. Jonathan Quick

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Jonathan Quick has kept the Rangers to two goals or less in every game this series except Game 2. Granted the Rangers' offense has not exactly been intimidating, but Quick needs to give the Kings one more solid performance in net for his team to hoist the Cup again.

3. Dan Girardi

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3. Dan Girardi

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New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi has been the real-life version of Bad Luck Brian so far in the Stanley Cup Final. He committed the turnover that cost his team Game 1 and then he broke his stick which allowed a goal to put the Kings back in Game 4. He's also a minus-3 for the series. Girardi needs to show that he is worthy of the letter on his jersey by helping bring his team back to life in this series.

2. Rick Nash

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2. Rick Nash

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Rick Nash has by far been the biggest disappointment for the Rangers in this series. The team moved mountains to get him without losing its topflight youth so he could strike fear into the hearts of opposing goalies. Nash has done little more than scare Rangers fans into thinking their team will be eliminated. Through the first four games, Nash has zero points and is minus-3. He will certainly be the scapegoat if he doesn't show up for Game 5.

1. Henrik Lundqvist

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1. Henrik Lundqvist

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This certainly sounds like a broken record, but Henrik Lundqvist is the most important player on the ice for either team. The Rangers live and die by Lundqvist. Rangers fans know this and so does anyone else watching this series. Lundqvist needs to put on a performance somewhere between his Game 6 performance against Montreal and his performance in Game 4 of this series for the Rangers to even have a snowball's chance down under of surviving.

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