It was do-or-die for the New York Rangers tonight and with all the emotional highs that this team has faced in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, they answered accordingly in a low moment. New York was facing the humiliation of LA “sweeping” them in this series (sweep – meaning that LA could have won 4 games in a row in this best-of-7 series). By defeating the LA Kings 2-1 in an elimination Game 4, the Rangers proved on home ice that they’re not willing to say die just yet.
With OT losses in both Game 1 and Game 2, then a blow out loss in Game 3 (blow-out – the Rangers didn’t even put a single goal in the net of Jonathan Quick, LA’s goalie), it seemed that the luck would never turn for boys in blue, white, and red. But with a sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden last night, pucks started to bounce their way. NY goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was a force to be reckoned with between the pipes, making 40 saves on the night. Goals came from Benoit Pouliot and Marty St. Louis, two of the Rangers best players.
Sharpen your skates. Game 5 will take place on Friday evening and with the Kings back on home ice in LA and anything could happen as the race to the 2014 Stanley Cup continues.