I ask again, as I did last game, is this the season’s final Go Time!?
On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the most famous night and game in franchise history, the Rangers have a chance to extend the Stalney Cup Final.
Before I forget, Win, Lose or OTL, I will have a nice story about that June 14, 1994 night tomorrow. Spoke to three of my faves (and yours, The Captain, Mr. Conn Smythe, and the 52-goal scorer).
Which kind of reminded me that the Kings are going into a similar Game 5 as that team did. Of course that team, on home ice with a chance of a coronation, lost and had to go seven … which is exactly what this 2014 Rangers team hopes happens. Rangers in 7 is the only way to victory now, just as it has been in five of their last six series wins.
The Kings also, as I’ve mentioned, played a similar series in 2012 against the Devils, winning Games 1 and 2 in overtime, winning Game 3 via shutout, losing Game 4 3-1 (it was 2-1, like this year, before the empty-netter). Then they lost Game 5, too, before winning the Cup in Game 6.
Henrik Lundqvist, and his team, is 11-2, 1.30, .959 in the last 13 elimination games.
The Stanley Cup record for games played is 26 (Philadelphia in 1987, Calgary in 2004). Game 5 will be Los Angeles’ 26th and the Rangers’ club record 25th.
It will also be the 93rd game of these playoffs, breaking the record of 92 set in 1991.
The Rangers are the 27th team in Stanley Cup Final history to face a 3-0 series deficit (since the NHL adopted the best-of-seven format in 1939), but just the seventh to avoid a four-game sweep.
Teams Facing 3-0 Series Deficit, Stanley Cup Final History
Lost in 4 Games: 20
Lost in 5 Games: 3
Lost in 6 Games: 1 (New Jersey in 2012 vs. Los Angeles)
Lost in 7 Games: 1 (Detroit in 1945 vs. Toronto)
Won in 7 Games: 1 (Toronto in 1942 vs. Detroit)
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