Stanley Cup Finals - Game 2 [Live Game Thread]

Will the second game of the Stanley Cup Finals also go to OT?

6/7/14 in NHL   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Blog Photo - Stanley Cup Finals - Game 2 [Live Game Thread]The New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings fought through the regular season, then the post-season, knocking off each team in turn to make it to the Stanley Cup Final.

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.  
Blog Photo - Stanley Cup Finals - Game 2 [Live Game Thread]
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
 
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6/7/14   |   JenX63   |   32472 respect

What a game! Very exciting ending! Congrats to the Kings!

6/7/14   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

(Edited by Debi_L)

Mitchell SCORES to put LA up 2 games to 0
Edit:  Dustin Brown redirects and gets credit for the goal, Mitchell gets the assist

King Henrik looks devastated

6/7/14   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

I can't breathe and I'm only watching.... how are these guys continuing to play with this kind of intensity?  It's insane!
I know adrenalin, but sheesh!

6/7/14   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Seond OT period underway...

6/7/14   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7346 respect

Debi_L wrote:
breathing.....


barely

Yep.  This game is not lacking excitement at all.

6/7/14   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

breathing.....


barely

6/7/14   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7346 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Your hoodoo is just fine. 

It's on delay.

and AAAHHHH.  OVERTIME!!!!

Louisville's still up by 3.

6/7/14   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

And to OT we go once again....

6/7/14   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

AlwaysSunshine wrote:
My hoodoo is failing.  Luckily, there's still a period and a half left in this game.

Louisville baseball is up three runs in the super regional, though, so there's that.  

Your hoodoo is just fine. 

6/7/14   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Dr. Kurt is excited.  Every tweet is in capital letters......

6/7/14   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

(Edited by Debi_L)

Wow, and just that fast, the Rangers get the two goal lead right back!.

And ummmmmm Willie Mitchell kind of gave the Rangers that goal.

6/7/14   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Mitchell scores on the screen shot and pulls the Kings back within one.

6/7/14   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7346 respect

My hoodoo is failing.  Luckily, there's still a period and a half left in this game.

Louisville baseball is up three runs in the super regional, though, so there's that.  

6/7/14   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

The Rangers successfully klled that penalty and the Kings took a penalty only a few moments later for too many men on the ice, and the Rangers scored their third goal.  3-1 Rangers with 8 minutes left in the period.

6/7/14   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Los Angeles has scored one and is currently on the power play.  They have had a ton of opportunities, but Lundqvist (and Girardi) have made some excellent saves so far.  Rangers lead 2-1 with just over half of the second period to go.

6/7/14   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Foolishly, because I am used to 5pm my time game starts, I spent time outside putting together my patio table.  I came inside to tune into the pre-game show, only to find the first period was half over.  
Now the first period is over, and the Rangers have managed to jump to a 2 goal lead.  Let's not forget, however, that they did the same thing in game 1.