If the New York Rangers fall in the Stanley Cup Final, they'll have nobody to blame but themselves.
|Just the tip: Brown's deflection beats Henrik Lundqvist in double-OT (via ESPN.com)|
For the second straight game in the series, the Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 lead. For the second straight game, the Rangers could not hold on.
What's more, the Rangers twice held a two-goal lead in Game 2, leading 2-0 after the first 20 minutes and 4-2 after 40 minutes played.
But these are the Kings we're talking about. I sound like a broken record saying that after every game Los Angeles plays, but it's the truth: you can't keep this team down, you cannot keep them from coming back. If they are in a deficit, they will find a way to dig themselves out of it. As the Sharks, Ducks and Blackhawks did before them, the Rangers are learning that the hard way.
Dustin Brown's double-OT winner gave the Kings a 2-0 series lead with Games 3 and 4 to come at Madison Square Garden. Game 3 tomorrow night becomes a must-win for the Rangers if they want to keep their season alive. I want this Final to go on as long as possible, so I'm pulling for the Blue Shirts to finally put together a 60-minute effort and come out on top tomorrow night.
New York Rangers @ Los Angeles Kings: 4 - 5 (2OT); Los Angeles leads the series 2 - 0