Jun 4, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Rangers center Brad Richards (19) warms up before game one of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers frustrated at practice

The New York Rangers aren’t pleased and who can blame them? A team that’s played as generally well as this New York team has probably doesn’t deserve to be down 3-0. But those are the breaks when you play the Los Angeles Kings this year it seems.

Just ask the San Jose Sharks how much fun they had in the first round. Still, for a team full of players who defied plenty of odds on their own, Rangers players are speaking with genuine frustration about the past few games.

Brad Richards spoke with great candor with the Los Angeles Times.

“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. He lauded the Kings as, “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.”

There has been an intangible edge in the way the Kings have approached this series.

This is often the case in hockey.

Experience matters at every level of the playoffs because each new series is tougher than the last. The Kings learned that lesson a couple years ago and now they’re teaching it the hard way to the Rangers.

Make the play when it’s needed and do your job otherwise. That’s how it’s worked for the Kings and much to the dismay of the New York Rangers, that plan now stands on the brink of having worked to perfection.

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