LOS ANGELES — Three years later, 11 of the Rangers who suffered an agonizing five-game defeat to the Kings in the Stanley Cup final returned to the scene of the crime for Saturday's meeting between the two clubs. Backup goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider, Marc Staal, Rick Nash, Dan Girardi, Mats Zuccarello, J.T.
Here is my recap of the Rangers 3-0 win over the LA Kings Derek Stepan - Derek Stepan's struggles the last few months have been well documented, but he has not let his goal scoring woes take away from the rest of his game. And in this one, he got the Blueshirts on the board.
Blueshirt Bullet Points: Derek Stepan picked up his 50th point and Antti Raanta recorded his fourth shutout as the Rangers defeated the Kings, 3-0.
Antti Raanta made 30 saves to help the New York Rangers shutout the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 at STAPLES Center on Saturday. With their 27th road win this season, New York (46-25-4) is 12 points ahead of the Boston Bruins for the first wild card from the Eastern Conference.
LOS ANGELES — While so many of the names were the same, the implications of this meeting between the Rangers and Kings Saturday night could not have been more different. For even as 11 of the visitors and 14 from the home squad remained on their respective teams' rosters three years after the five-game Stanley Cup final won by Los Angeles, this was simply a water-colored, regular-season, wind-down matchup with the Rangers all but locked into the East's first wild card spot and the Kings well back of the west's second wild card berth.
Antti Raanta made his eighth consecutive start in the Rangers' goal Saturday night against the Kings.
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It couldn't have been more clear that Doug Weight is not going to allow the fact there are three goalies currently on the Islanders' roster to disrupt his team yet again. So much so, the always accommodating coach cut off a question — soon to apologize — when asked about it Saturday afternoon before his team took on the Bruins at Barclays Center in a game with monumental playoff implication. "It's not an issue," Weight said sharply.
The Rangers will need Dan Girardi more than ever.
Playoff season is around the corner. Last season the New York Rangers crawled into the playoffs, this season they need to avoid crawling and just make it/