Rangers at Kings' mercy in leadup to Game 4

Dan Girardi of the New York Rangers slides into the net after a play at the net against the Los...

Dan Girardi of the New York Rangers slides into the net after a play at the net against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final at Madison Square Garden on June 9, 2014. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:51 PM ET

The New York Rangers vowed they won’t go down without a fight.

What else can they say?

With the Los Angeles Kings poised to bring home their second Stanley Cup in three years if they can win Game 4 Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers promised they'd stay alive.

“The focus is just tonight. We really don’t have another choice,” New York centre Derek Stepan said at Wednesday's morning skate. “It’s just easier if we focus on bringing our best tonight. It’s just easier.

“We have to take the first shift and go from there.”

The Rangers could make a change by bringing Dan Carcillo into the lineup. He has served a six-game suspension for abuse of an official.

“He would bring what he’s brought to us all year long, (which) is real good energy,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “He’s been in these situations before. He’s been a good player for us. If we do use him tonight, I’m sure he’s going to be ready.”

The Kings are taking nothing for granted.

“We know the situation we’re in. We were in it two years ago,” L.A. winger Justin Williams said. “We’ve been talking about killer instinct and stepping a little harder on the throat.

“We want to finish it off. We expect the best from them. Every game as you continue through the playoffs it gets harder. We need to be ready, focused and ready to get the job done.”

Game time is 8 p.m.


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