Zuccarello is only the seventh player from Norway to make it to the NHL, and he’s the first to make it to the Stanley Cup finals. Now, “Zucca” has Norwegians staying up late to watch New York Rangers games and checking the stats to see if he scored.
The Stanley Cup finals will be a coast-to-coast matchup featuring teams within the nation’s largest TV markets: New York and Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday promised a “doozy” of a hockey bet with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, with the LA Kings posed to take on the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup finals.
A capsule look at the Stanley Cup between the New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings.
If there wasn’t already enough pressure on Lundqvist, who has earned a .928 save percentage in the 2014 playoffs, to lead his team to its first championship since 1994, he is now part of the hype machine heading into Game 1 on Wednesday.
A wild series between the two most recent champions will come to a close with one final act Sunday, a seventh game in Chicago to decide who will advance to the Stanley Cup finals.
The special teams have been awful. The faceoff circle has been a huge problem. Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp have combined for one goal for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Jake Muzzin, Marian Gaborik and captain Dustin Brown scored in a dominant first period, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 Monday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference final.
Darryl Sutter and Joel Quenneville will leave the arguments about etiquette and unwritten rules to the coaches in the Eastern Conference finals.
The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings have taken similar paths toward the top, hitting big in the draft and making shrewd moves after rough stretches.
Sure, the Chicago Blackhawks have a bunch of veteran forwards who have a history of clutch goals.
On Friday night, the Los Angeles Kings were in Anaheim for Game 7 of their second-round series against the top-seeded Ducks.
The Los Angeles Kings are facing their fifth playoff elimination game of the spring.
Devante Smith-Pelly scored two goals 1:23 apart in the second period, and the Anaheim Ducks moved to the brink of the Western Conference finals with a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 5 on Monday night.
When John Gibson flew across the continent from Newfoundland a few days ago, he knew there was a good chance he would make his NHL postseason debut shortly after he finally landed in Southern California.