NHL Stanley Cup Finals – Rangers at Kings, Game 5

The New York Rangers are looking to do the improbable: come back from a 3-0 deficit to win the Stanley Cup.  They took that first step in Game 4 on Wednesday with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

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The New York Rangers are looking to do the improbable: come back from a 3-0 deficit to win the Stanley Cup.  They took that first step in Game 4 on Wednesday with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

Friday night’s Game 5 (8:00 p.m. ET on NBC) will be a much tougher task, as they travel back to Los Angeles.  But they are aware of what lies ahead.

“There’s so much work to be done here, we’re just looking at the next game as a great challenge for us,” Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist said.  “One mistake and the season is over.  You’re definitely aware of that.  When you go out to these type of games where, you know, you know everything can be over after this period or after the next two periods, you try even harder to be focused and making the right decisions out there.  It’s exciting, though.”

The Kings are hoping to close out the series and prevent a Game 6 back in New York.  But their motivation doesn’t come from raising the Stanley Cup at home.  It comes from raising it period.

“It doesn’t matter where you win the fourth,” said Kings center Jarret Stoll. “This time of year, it’s all about the result.”

For the Kings, the focus will be starting stronger and not having to pull another comeback.  An early lead will not only provide the Kings with much-needed momentum, but it will also deflate a Ranger team that is desperate to stay in it.

“We know we can do more, especially at the start of games,” Stoll admitted.

The Los Angeles Kings are the current favorites for Game 5 at -170, with the New York Rangers sitting at +150.  The Puck Line has the Kings at -1.5.