Rangers need to keep it short and sweet against relentless Kings

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist gives up the game-winning goal to Los Angeles Kings right...

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist gives up the game-winning goal to Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams (not pictured) in the overtime period during game one of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center. (Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports)

Bruce Garrioch, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:24 PM ET

The New York Rangers had better figure this out — quickly.

A game into the Stanley Cup final and coming off a devastating 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 at the Staples Center, the Boys from Broadway had a day to lick their wounds Thursday.

With a two-day break the Rangers have a day to put the fact that they blew a 2-0 lead to the Kings and ended up losing a game that would have given New York a chance to set the tone behind them.

The Rangers learned the hard way Wednesday night just what they are in for in this series: An opponent in the Kings that takes a licking and keeps on ticking. Los Angeles has a relentless style.

Before the series started, we asked a Western Conference coach, speaking on the condition of anonymity, to break down the Kings and Rangers. We circled back to him Thursday to see if his thoughts had changed with the puck now dropped. They hadn’t.


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