After dropping the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final, the New York Rangers kept telling the media they’d turn things around once the series shifted to Madison Square Garden.
However, game three was the most lopsided contest yet, as the Los Angeles Kings blanked the Rangers 3-0 and took a series lead of the same margin. The end of the hockey season suddenly staring us in the face, it seems imminent that L.A. will claim their second cup in three years. The only former Nashville Predators player participating in the Stanley Cup Final, Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein looks to be just one loss away from a very disappointing appearance in hockey’s championship.
Overall Game: The Rangers poured 32 shots on the Kings net, but L.A. goaltender Jonathan Quick was unfazed. Much like in a lot of games played by the 2012-2013 Predators, the good (but not great) offensive opportunities continued to come for New York, but they were not crisp enough to cash in. Klein did not attempt to tend goal in this contest (like he did in game two), which was a bit of a letdown. You win some, you lose some (but in the Rangers case it’s been decidedly the latter portion of that sentiment). Lots of tears on this one from Klein’s perspective. One of five Kleins.
Entertainment Value: Lots of crying celebrities in the house for this one. Fun stuff. After tickets for game three were changing hands at an average price of $1700, a portion of New York City’s glamours group decided it was fashionable to show up and party–then the Rangers didn’t score a goal. Let’s just say tickets for tomorrow’s contest are not in quite as high of demand. This humorous distraction helps the entertainment value, but at the same time, this game was far from Citizen Kane (or more up my ally, the classic that is the Lord of the Rings trilogy). Three of five Kleins.
Random: Many professional athletes only get one chance their whole career to claim a championship. If this is going to be it for Klein–not saying it will be for sure–then I would hope that the Rangers can secure at least one victory in the series. It’s just hard to look back on a Stanley Cup Final appearance (in which you were swept) and remember it with a high level of fondness. Not that losing is in anyway easy of course. I’m using the Klein Rating on this category a little differently than normal (but I am making up the rules as I go here). Two out of five Kleins for the Rangers effort yesterday, but four of five Kleins for the number of goals I’m predicting they score in game four.
Goal prediction for game four (I’m banking on an empty netter):
Game four is Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. (CST).
(Special thanks to Gary Lancaster for helping with the graphics)