There's hope for Leafs in Rangers' playoff run

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist reacts after giving up a goal against Los Angeles Kings...

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist reacts after giving up a goal against Los Angeles Kings during Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:13 PM ET

If the Stanley Cup final taught us anything, it was just how far away the Maple Leafs are from the Los Angeles Kings and just how close they might be to the New York Rangers.

It really has become two leagues now: One West, one East. All the power is with the Western Conference. The hockey is better, bigger, meaner, tougher.

The Kings said after their championship run that the defeat of the Rangers was the most comfortable of their four rounds played.

And that’s not about to change in the near future.

The simplest difference between the champion Kings and the disappointing Leafs: Just over a goal against, every game. That’s not a small number in any way. In fact, it’s a huge number. The Leafs allowed 84 more goals against in an 82 game season than did the Kings.

Jonathan Quick, for the most part, was fine in goal for Los Angeles.


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