Sep 27, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings players warm up before a preseason NHL game at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Stanley Cup Final: New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings


The 2014 Stanley Cup final is set. With yesterday’s win, the Los Angele Kings will meet the New York Rangers for the right to lift Lord Stanley’s Cup. A dream will be realized for one team. Disappointment for another. However, the best two teams in the league are left standing.

Both teams overcame adversity in their own situations.

For the Rangers, it was a matter of both hockey related and personal situations. In the first and second rounds, the team had to play their usual full seven game schedules. Bitter rivals in the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins gave the Rangers confidence going into their date with the Montreal Canadiens for the Easter Conference Finals. In my opinion, battle tested early by these two proud franchises gave the Rangers the Eastern Conference Championship. Also, the team became one solid unit after the unfortunate passing of Martin St. Louis’s mother during the team’s second round series. They players finally “got it” by playing for one another. Now the Rangers find themselves at the big dance and are playing for a potential fifth championship in their franchise. The Cinderalla story of the Blueshirts lives on. The team is not ready for the clock to strike midnight and the glass slipper to come off, signaling the end of their season.

The Los Angeles Kings took a more traditional hockey route. However, they were battle tested through their journey to become the Western Conference Champions. Throughout their journey, they have been taken to the limit. In round one against the Pacific Division rivals San Jose Sharks, they were down three games to none. In a miraculous comeback, they rallied for four straight games to win and to plant the seed of disappointment in the Sharks franchise. In round two, it was the regular season Western Conference leaders Anaheim Ducks. Down three games to two and on the brink of elimination again, they took two straight games to overcome the Ducks and left them to ponder what happened. In their recent series against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Kings were actually up three games to one heading into game five. Karma seem to come back to haunt Los Angeles, as Chicago took two straight games to force a game seven at the United Center. As last night ended, the Kings were able to weather the story. They took the series and earned the title of the Western Conference Champions. More importantly, they punched their ticket to the Stanley Final and an opportunity to win their second championship in three years.

According to NHL.com, here is the Finals schedule:

Wednesday, June 4
8 p.m. NY Rangers at Los Angeles (Staples Center)
NBC, CBC, RDS

Saturday, June 7
7 p.m. NY Rangers at Los Angeles (Staples Center)
NBC, CBC, RDS

Monday, June 9
8 p.m. Los Angeles at NY Rangers (MSG)
NBCSN, CBC, RDS

Wednesday, June 11
8 p.m. Los Angeles at NY Rangers (MSG)
NBCSN, CBC, RDS

*Friday, June 13
8 p.m. NY Rangers at Los Angeles (Staples Center)
NBC, CBC, RDS

*Monday, June 16
8 p.m. Los Angeles at NY Rangers (MSG)
NBC, CBC, RDS

*Wednesday, June 18
8 p.m. NY Rangers at Los Angeles (Staples Center)
NBC, CBC, RDS

*-if needed

Set your DVR’s, plan your sick days, and start brainstorming excuses for your boss.

Because It’s The Cup!

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