Grumpy and sullen? For sure.
Beaten? Game 4 of the
"There wasn't much sleep in this room last night probably," center
Coach Alain Vigneault was asked about not appearing to be his usual bright self.
"We're down 3-0," Vigneault said. "We're all lacking sleep. This is tough. I didn't expect my players today to be cheery and upbeat. We're in the Stanley Cup Final and we're down 3-0. You don't get a lot of these opportunities, so excuse us if we're not real cheery. But tomorrow, I can tell you we're going to show up."
The Rangers were frustrated by goalie
Their spirit sunk after giving up a goal to center
"That's just something you can't control," Girardi said. "An inch one way, an inch the other way. The first one [goes] off my skate a little higher, [Rangers goalie
The angst over being beaten by lucky bounces heightened when forward
"I'd love to take a wrist shot that goes off a knee of the other player and go in. You can't draw that up," Richards said.
The Kings are "a calm, cool, collected team that doesn't get rattled, and it just seems that they're scoring at the right times and getting big saves at the right times."
While the Rangers lament their plight, center
Cup is in the building
Champagne will be on ice and the Stanley Cup will be in Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.
"I can't wait to get out there," Kings defenseman
The Kings say they are on guard from previous playoff experiences to avoid the distractions that struck when they led New Jersey in the 2012 Final, 3-0, and lost two games before wrapping up the series.
"It wasn't easy for us to come back from 3-0. We know how it can happen," Doughty said about overcoming that kind of deficit against San Jose in the first round. "All it takes is one game, one momentum shift. The team can run with it, the other team can be down in the dumps."
Bond of champions
"It's a pretty easy team to come into," Carter said. "Right from day one, the moment you walk into that room, you feel welcome. ... It's all about winning. The moment that guy walks in the room, you do whatever you can to make him feel comfortable, part of the team. You pull him along."
Stoll said that the acceptance comes with expectations.
"We've got good guys in the room, guys that want to play the right way, aren't selfish," Stoll said. "There's not one selfish guy in that room. We understand if there is a selfish guy in that room, we'll either kick him out or he won't play. That's honestly the way it will work."
Back in action
Rangers forward and ex-King