Hours before Game 2,
Add on a double-overtime Game 2 victory and a cross-country flight to get to Game 3 on Monday night at
"They're people," Sutter said of his players upon their Sunday arrival in New York. "The longer series go, the longer the playoffs go, the courage and determination, the extra effort," is what compensates for lost energy.
"You're never going to be fresh, never going to feel as good as you did in November. That's the way it works."
"We'll be fine," Williams said. "It's the Cup Final, no excuse for not being ready prepared, or being too tired … get yourself ready."
On Saturday, in the team's third consecutive overtime game and third straight rally from a two-goal deficit, Williams answered a first-period turnover that led to a New York goal by contributing three assists.
"You want to atone for a mistake, certainly, but you want to be at your best," he said. "Anytime you get scored on … We've got to get that one back. … We got that one back and said, 'You know what, why can't we be the difference, why can't we be the line to get it going?'"
"Three [overtimes] in a row, that's pretty tough," Gaborik said. "We're all in this together. It's tough sport to begin with. To play this many periods the last three games, it's a lot of hockey. But, you know, everyone is going to find energy tomorrow, and we'll be ready to go."
Giving Gaborik extra incentive to maintain energy is that Game 3 is his first at Madison Square Garden since the
Gaborik scored 94 goals in four seasons for New York, but there's been sentiment that the Rangers would've never reached the final without dealing him.
"That gives you extra jump," Gaborik said. "Obviously, it's nice to be up there [in scoring]. But, you know, it's a team game and I'm grateful to be in my first final as many years as I was in the league. Playing the Rangers makes it a little more special. They're a good team, balanced team. The coaching change [from
To be in the Rangers' dressing room after Game 2 and see the players' dejection over blowing a two-goal lead and their agitation over what they saw as goalie interference, was to wonder if this team is toast.
But the Kings, after pinning eight goals on New York star goalie
"Teams don't make it this far out of luck," Williams said. "Teams are here for a reason. They've been resilient. Do we feel we've broken them? No, absolutely not. We should know that more than anybody, that it's tough to put a team down. Especially when you're playing for the Stanley Cup."
Rangers' active forward
"We got a lot of leaders on our team, guys that have been a part of winning teams and playoff runs," Zuccarello said. "We have to learn a little bit about the past series and just go from there."
Sutter acknowledged the fact that defenseman
"Those are things that happen in playoff hockey," Vigneault said of the no-call. "Usually they even themselves out, and that's what we're going to hope moving forward."
Sutter also praised defenseman