Rangers prepare for game four, hoping to extend series

Clifford Davis

After not being able to solve Jonathan Quick in game three, the Rangers sounded like a team who felt they let their only shot at winning this series get away with a deflating, disheartening lost to the Los Angeles Kings, “We have a lot of good examples, but you have nothing to show for it, so it’s a matter of finding more ways to create,” said Ryan McDonagh.

The way New York lost the first two games of this series was heartbreaking enough, but to come home and get thoroughly outplayed in game three, has this Rangers team looking beaten. Game four is tomorrow night and the Rangers vowed to fight until the end, but there wasn’t much conviction in their tone.

“We’re down 3-0. We’re all lacking sleep. This is tough, excuse us if today we’re not real cheery, said Rangers coach Alain Vigneault. “But tomorrow, I can tell you we will show up.”

It is no doubt the Rangers will show up tomorrow night, because they have to. The question is which Rangers team will show up? Will it be the Rangers team that fought back down 3-1 to the Pittsburg Penguins in the second round of these playoffs? Or will it be a Rangers team showing up simply because it is their duty?

There wasn’t much anger coming out the Rangers locker room today, the mood was more dull and dreary. The team, understandably, was not upbeat today. “I’m not going to lie to you, it’s pretty much impossible to be upbeat,” said Rangers forward Brad Richards.

What has to be most disturbing for the Rangers, is the fact that even if they were to play their best game against the Kings tomorrow, it may not be good enough. In game two they played their best game and it still was not good enough, they lost in double overtime.

In game three after they were trailing, they peppered Jonathan Quick with shots and nothing got past him, they weren’t close to winning game three after the two close games they played in Los Angeles. The Rangers know one win can change the complexion of a series, but getting that one victory will be no easy task, no matter how much they may want to send this series back to LA.

“We don’t want to end our season losing a game at home and give the Stanley Cup to their team,” said defenseman Mark Staal.

The Rangers may not want the Kings to celebrate on their ice, in front of their fans but the way the Kings play and how well rounded of a team they are, there probably isn’t much the Rangers can do to prevent the Kings from raising the Cup in the Garden on Wednesday night.

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