Previewing The Stanley Cup Finals

Last night was an exciting one as the Los Angeles Kings and the Chicago Blackhawks met for the last time in the 2013-14 season in a crucial Game 7. 

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Chicago thought the game was theirs as they had the 4-3 lead midway through the third period. This is when things started going downhill for the Blackhawks. Kings forward, Marian Gaborik snuck a backhander passed Corey Crawford to tie the game up. The Blackhawks weren't able to convert on some lucky chances which resulted in an always exciting Game 7 overtime. The Kings would punch their ticket for the Stanley Cup Finals at the 5:47 mark of the first overtime as Alec Martinez was able to find the back of the net after a feed by Justin Williams. What's next for the Kings? They are facing off against the New York Rangers on Wednesday night. But the real question is, how will the Kings fare against the Rangers and how will the Rangers fare against the Kings? 

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Starting with the Kings; they are used to coming from behind. They did it with San Jose in the first round, but than again, San Jose pulled possibly the biggest choke job in history. Then you look at the series with Anaheim Ducks. Even though the Kings didn't really "come from behind," they still won Games 6 and 7 to take them to the Conference Finals with the Blackhawks. We all know how that ended. So, to answer the question about how will the Kings fare against the Rangers; I feel like the Kings will put on quite a show with a lot of man-on-man defense. The Kings did fare quite well in 2012 when they took home the Cup and they would like to raise the banner two years later. This will be a hefty aspect to the upcoming series.

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Now for the Rangers; they haven't taken home the Cup since 1994. To save you from the math, that's 20 years. Quite a long time compared to the Kings. The fact that it has been 20 years will play a huge roll in this upcoming series. Another huge factor, Marty St. Louis. He has been lights out this entire post season with 6 goals and 7 assists. He has played a crucial roll in the Rangers success and they will be looking at his veteran leadership to help them through the series. If he can find the dirty areas and get the puck to the net, the Rangers will have a solid chance at taking Lord Stanley back to the Big Apple.