Jun 7, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; The Los Angeles Kings mascot Bailey cheers after the second overtime period during game two of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center. The Kings beat the Rangers 5-4 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Stanley Cup Final Game Three Preview

The Los Angeles Kings enter tonight’s game against the New York Rangers with a chance to take a strangle hold on their Stanley Cup Final matchup. A win tonight would put the Kings up 3-0 in the series and one win away from eliminating the Rangers and winning the Stanley Cup.

So far the series has not been short of drama with both games one and two needing extra time to decide a winner. The first being decided by Justin Williams in overtime, and the second being ended by Dustin Brown in a second overtime.

The Kings hope to jump on the opportunity to grab a win or two in Madison Square Garden against a Rangers team that has gone just 6-4 on home ice during these playoffs.

Tonight will be the first Stanley Cup Final game in Madison Square Garden since the Rangers won the Cup during the ’93-’94 season.  So there is no doubt that the Garden will be loud and trying to will their team back into this series.

The Rangers are 2-for-17 in franchise history when they fall into an 0-2 hole in a playoff series. In fact only two teams have rallied from an 0-2 deficit in the Stanley Cup Final and won the series.

Needless to say tonight’s game is a pivotal point in this series. Will the Kings take a commanding 3-0 series lead, or will the Rangers claw their way back into the series and make it 2-1?

Puck drop is scheduled for 5 p.m. local time.

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