Will the second game of the Stanley Cup Finals also go to OT?
The Kings have done this before, in recent years, and won the Cup in 2012, but we have to go back to 1994 for the Rangers' last Stanley Cup win.
Game number one was a hard fought one, and as so many playoff games do, went to overtime. Game hero, Justin Williams scored the winning goal at 15:25 of the first OT period. But this isn't the first time Willliams has been the hero. "Captain Clutch" has shown his team he can deliver, and the team has come to count on him. Give him the puck, and he'll find a way to put it in the net.
Can we expect more of the same in game 2?
I'm counting on it.
Both teams are expected to welcome back players who have been absent from the lineup. For the Kings, Robin Regehr is expected to make his return after a knee injury in May sidelined him for rehab. I have long been a Regehr fan, since he played for the Calgary Flames (also coached by Sutter) back in their run for the Cup in 2004. I'll be cheering him on all night. In the case of the New York Rangers, it is John Moore who is expected to return. Moore served a suspension for an illegal hit on Dale Weise of the Montreal Canadiens, in game 5 of that series.
In game 2, the Rangers are going to have to get more shots on goal. Luckily for them, King Henrik was able to stop the onslaught of the Kings forwards. The Rangers players, however, did not return the same intensity of shots on goal. In fact, they didn't get any shots on goal in the first half of the third period, even though they had established an early lead in the game. They need to keep the same intensity throughout the entire game, not just in the first period.
Will they get the win this game? If not, they head home with a two game deficit, not where they want to be.
Join in here as the game progresses. The NBA doesn't play until tomorrow night, so tonight, it's all hockey.
New York Rangers (0-1) v. Los Angeles King (1-0) 7:00 pm ET CBC, NBC, RDS