Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 02, 2014
The 2014 Stanley Cup Finals matchup is officially set and many fans on the Eastern coast of the United States are excited to see the New York Rangers represents the Eastern Conference against the Los Angeles Kings from the Western Conference. The Rangers are making their first trip to the championship series since their improbable run in 1994 where they were led by Mark Messier to their fourth championship and first since 1940. Their opponent in the 2014 Stanley Cup is the Los Angeles Kings, who will be looking to win their second title.
The Rangers finished the 2013-14 National Hockey League regular season with a 45-31-6 record, earning 96 points. They finished 13 points behind the first place Pittsburgh Penguins in the Metropolitan Division. The Rangers have had a tough go in their first three series and will continue to get a tough test in the finals as the underdog. In the conference quarterfinals, they beat the Philadelphia Flyers in seven games. Their conference semifinals matchup came against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins and again, they advanced after winning in seven games. In the conference finals, they needed six games to get past the Montreal Canadiens.
In the Pacific Division, the Kings finished in third place with 100 points after going 46-28-8. It took the Kings seven games in each of their first three series. In their opening round series, they defeated the San Jose Sharks. They followed that series up with a win against the Anaheim Ducks before knocking off the Chicago Blackhawks to win the right to compete for the Stanley Cup.
The Rangers were led throughout the regular season by Mats Zuccarello, who led the team in points and assists with 59 and 40. Rick Nash led the team in goals with 26, but thus far this postseason, the Rangers have been led by Martin St. Louis, Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan, who each have 13 points. St. Louis has scored six goals, while McDonagh has contributed 10 assists. During the postseason, Henrik Lundqvist has recorded a 2.03 GAA, playing better than he did during the regular season when he had a 2.36 GAA.
Los Angeles has been led this season by Anze Kopitar, who led the team in goals, assists and total points (29, 42, 70). He was the leader for this team on and off the ice. Jeff Carter added 27 goals and 23 assists to finish the regular season in second place in points for the Kings. In the postseason, it has been more of the same. Kopitar has 23 total points with 17 assists. Marian Gaborik leads the club in goals during the postseason with 12.
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