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Kings 3, Rangers 0

The New York Rangers lost to the Los Angeles Kings by the score of 3-0 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Kings lead the series 3-0. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.

…the Rangers might have talked about this game being as close to a must win as you can get, but they sure as hell didn’t play like it. Where was the urgency? The determination? The passion? It’s Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final and the energy was at a regular season level. As proud as I’ve been with this team during the postseason is how disappointed I am with the effort tonight. Team needed a spark and no one stepped up to provide it with a big hit or post whistle scrum. The Rangers seemed a lot looser in the games in LA. I wonder if they got tight with the pressure of the moment. Actually being able to finish might have helped.

…since the start of the series we’ve heard about the Rangers needing to play their ‘A’ game, well, tonight, I think we finally saw the Kings ‘A’ game and it was pretty damn good. Unfortunately, it was on a night the Rangers brought their ‘D’ game. Despite the 32 shots on goal I didn’t think the Rangers had much offensive flow. Not much traffic in front and very little cycling. The Kings defensive effort 5-on-5 reminded me of what the Rangers did to the Canadiens in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Very sound.

…also didn’t help that the bounces continue to go the Kings way. You make your own luck, but damn it’d be nice to see the puck luck go the Rangers way for once in the series.

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…so this Quick guy is a little bit better than Emery, Mason, Fleury and Tokarski.

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…i thought the power play had some great looks in the second period, but at the end of the day it failed them on a night they absolutely needed it to come through. AV was so desperate to give the power play a jolt, he actually thought re-inserting Nash was a good idea.

…speaking of Nash, his enigmatic postseason continued. The Nash apologists have covered his lack of scoring by pointing to the intangibles he’s brought to the table, but it was his weak dump in, which he exasperated with a defensive miscue that led to the back breaking Carter goal with less than a second remaining in the first period. On the positive end, he was going hard to the net most of the night, however, he remained snake bit. I mean is there a play that sums up his postseason more than when he makes two aggressive moves to the cage has a wide open net staring at him in the face and he can’t power through Doughty’s stick which ultimately dragged him down. Everything but the finish. What else is new?

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…i really expected Richards to step-up after his disappointing Game 2 performance, and while he was actually good on the power play in the second period, the bottom line is that he’s looking real old right now. Wonder if they’ll amnesty him before Game 4.

…Kopitar hasn’t done much on the scoreboard in this series, but he’s pretty much made Stepan a non-entity. Would have liked to see AV try and get him away from the Kings #1 center a little bit more. Especially having the last change.

…smallest guy on the ice again with the biggest heart for the Rangers.

…Kreider can’t convert on another crucial breakaway. If he’s able to bury that, I’m confident the Rangers tie that game up.

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…would have liked AV to maybe try mixing up the lines a bit looking for a spark. I know he finally put Nash back on the power play, but other than the Poo-Brass-Zucc line the rest of the line-up was stale.

…#carcilloeffect in Game 4?

…the Rangers had their chance in LA to make this a long series. Instead, they couldn’t put away a Kings team that was there for the taking, now they’re one game from being swept. Rangers are going to be regretting those two games all summer long.

…the worst part about going down 3-0 is that it validates all the pundits who didn’t give the Rangers a chance. Pisses me off.

…while there’s nothing from tonight’s performance that gives me an inkling of hope that there’s a historic comeback in this Rangers team, I felt the same way after they went down 3-1 to the Penguins also.

…the last thing the Kings want to do is make that cross country flight back to LA without the Stanley Cup, so if they Rangers can find a way to get the job done in Game 4, I wouldn’t be shocked to see an LA letdown in a Game 5 back home. Then who knows. But that scenario isn’t even remotely possible if the Rangers don’t find their determination which was apparently left at LAX.

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