A stumble, a turnover, then a well-placed shot and game one of the Stanley Cup Final went to the Los Angeles Kings.
Unable to hold an early two-goal lead, the New York Rangers wasted an opportunity to wrench home ice advantage from the Kings and lost 3-2 in overtime. It was Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi‘s slip and subsequent loss of the puck that setup Kings forward Justin Williams in the high slot and the winger–usually known for his game seven heroics–made no mistake.
A very entertaining contest to watch, the first game of the Stanley Cup Final earned a five out of five Kleins rating in our light-hearted review of the contest. Former Nashville Predators defenseman Kevin Klein will be back as the measuring stick for game two, so check here tomorrow for that write up.
As for now, here are your Predlines Headlines:
Dubbed “Mr. Game 7″ by some, Williams showed he is more than capable of contributing in a game one as well.
The NHL awards often (simply) go to the player with the most points or wins, so it would be cool to see Williams rewarded for delivering in the biggest moments. The Kings have gone to seven games in all their previous series, if Williams comes up large in the ultimate final game he has a great case to earn the Conn Smythe in my book.
NHL.com’s post details how the Kings blew up their normal four lines in order to facilitate a comeback and also gives tips for the second game.
Interesting to note how similar many of the two teams’ “main” stats are, but the Kings are averaging nearly a whole goal more per game than the Rangers this playoffs.
Watching the series wasn’t enough for the mayors of L.A. and New York City, they had to put a little wager on it.
Not the most imaginative wager I’ve ever heard of, but boy is it better than what the governors of California and New York outlined earlier this week. Yikes.
Faceoff for game two is at 6:00 p.m. (CST). (And remember: Kings in 6!)