I am tired. I am extremely exhausted. I am completely wrecked, and the the Stanley Cup Playoffs are to blame. The Los Angeles Kings are not making this season, and specifically post-season, easy on themselves or their fans. LA defeated the New York Rangers 5-4 in double overtime, in a game that lasted about four and a half hours and tallied about a million cardiac arrests between the Pacific Coast Highway and the Hudson River.
I have not checked, but this could have been the longest game in Stanley Cup Final history. If not, the longest Game 2 in history. Or maybe the longest Game 2 on a Saturday. It definitely was the longest Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday while I was at El Compadre Mexican Restaurant in Downtown LA, mere yards from Staples Center where all the action was happening. I was going to do a traditional game review, but could not bring myself to focus on the small details of the Stanley Cup Finals when the grand scheme of things is staring me right in the face. Call it, “Post Game Realization”. I realized that this is happening. The Kings are taking a commanding two-game lead into New York, only two games away from winning the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years.
For the sake of knowledge, lets quickly run down the action of Game 2 between the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers. In the first period, Ryan McDonagh and Mats Zuccarello scored the only two goals, once again dominating out of the gate. LA came out flat once again to put themselves in a Stanley Cup sized hole. But let us be serious, we all knew this was not a problem for LA.
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In the second period, Jarret Stoll finally got LA on the board less than two minutes in. Ten minutes later, Martin St. Louis retook momentum of the game for New York when he got his seventh goal of the playoffs on a power play. Three minutes after that, Willie Mitchell was able to breathe some life in the Kings when he got a power play goal of his own to make it 3-2. Things seemed to be in LA’s reach for the first time in the game. That lasted 11 seconds. On the ensuing face-off after the Kings goal, the Rangers took it down the ice after simultaneous mistakes by Mitchell and Jonathan Quick in back of the net. Zuccarello dug it out and found an open Derick Brassard. The hearts of Kings fans everywhere where sinking into deep ’1993 Stanley Cup Final’ darkness. But this was not 1993 and the game was not over.
The third period saw two big blows to the Rangers chances in the form of Dwight King and Marian Gaborik goals that not only tied it, but gave LA their third game where they came back from a two-goal deficit. Tied at four, this game was going into overtime. Strike that… this game was going into double overtime. With several chances in the first OT, nothing got past Quick or Henrik Lundqvist. It took 1o minutes and 26 seconds into the second OT for a winner to finally be declared when Mitchell slapped in another shot that deflected off the Captain, Dustin Brown. After several hours, several periods and several emotional outbursts later, the Kings were victorious. A 5-4 2OT win gives them the 2-0 series lead.
So now the series shifts to New York where a large, scary Will Ferrell is screaming “GO KINGS GO” at New Yorkers on a screen near Madison Square Garden. I am not a fan of his, but I can see his point. This is a dominating run that the self-proclaimed greatest city in the world must know about. The Rangers have had a great post-season run, but so far, LA’s is greater. But now, it is time for rest before Game 3. As stated before, I am tired.