The Stanley Cup Finals have arrived and it’s a clashing of America’s top two sports markets. Both the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers have one the Stanley Cup in the last 30 years, it just so happens that the Kings are two years removed from their last Stanley Cup win while the Rangers haven’t been to the Cup since they won it back in 1994.
But all of that went out the window when the puck dropped on Game 1 as the ferocity in the building was intense from the start and the speed didn’t seem to slow at any points during the night.
New York jumped out to a two goal lead in the first period, but as we saw all postseason long, you can’t get a lead against the Kings and then assume that it will stick. For yet another instance in this postseason, the lead indeed did not stick and the Kings tied the game in the second period.
The score remained 2-2 until the very final moments of regulation and into overtime. The physicality of the game didn’t go anywhere, but the mistakes started popping up and the Kings capitalized with a Justin Williams goal to complete the comeback and take Game 1.
No matter who had come out on top in this game, the fact of the matter is this series is set up to be a fast paced classic that may very well go a full seven games. The goaltending will only further lock itself down in the coming games and if we thought Game 1 was entertaining, we haven’t seen anything yet.