New York Rangers Face a Tough Task in Stanley Cup Finals.
The Broadway production, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," won the award for Best Musical at the Tony Awards on Sunday. The musical features a character who is ninth in line to receive a prized inheritance from his family, so he decides to eliminate the eight members standing in his way.
Now the Broadway Blue Shirts don't have to win eight straight games, but after Monday's 3-0 loss, the New York Rangers have to find a way to grab four in a row against the Los Angeles Kings.
The Rangers will need another stand out performance from their biggest star - goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, but that should not be a problem, the Swede tends to show up and play his best when facing elimination. In the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Lundqvist stood on his head and made 35 saves on the road in game 7 to push the Rangers deeper into the playoffs.
When asked about coming back from a 3-0 hole, Lundqvist said it starts with act four.
"You just have to look at one game," the Rangers goaltender said. "We can't look at it as winning four straight, it starts with winning one, and then you go from there."
In game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday, the New York Rangers could not find the back of the net on the power play as they went 0 of 6 with the man advantage. Rangers director, head coach Alain Vigneault, said his team need to capitalize on their chances during the power play.
"It's a performance oriented business," Vigneault said. "The power play had some looks and they didn't finish."
While the situation for the New York Rangers seems impossible, history shows that teams have managed to overcome a 3-0 series deficit. The feat was accomplished in the Stanley Cup Finals back in 1942, when the Toronto Maple Leafs stunned the Detroit Red Wings with four straight victories.
The Rangers opponent also knows what it's like to drop the first three games of a playoff series. The Los Angeles Kings had to come back from 3-0 down against the San Jose Sharks over a month ago in the Western Conference First Round, and head coach Darryl Sutter remembers being written off in that series.
"I mean, hell, we got thrown under the bus by everybody on earth seven weeks ago," Sutter said in the postgame press conference on Monday.
Now, the Broadway Blue Shirts are the ones getting thrown under the bus, but don't expect New York to go down quietly. When asked after game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals how his team would respond to this tough situation, Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh said his team plans to fight.
"I love these guys in here, they've battled their whole lives and this whole season so we have got to stick together now," McDonagh said. "We still got to believe it's going to happen for us, we have to get set [Tuesday] and prepare for game 4."
Los Angeles used some Hollywood magic to overcome a 3-0 deficit earlier in this postseason. If the New York Rangers somehow find a way to dethrone the Kings in this nearly impossible situation, it'd make for one heck of a Broadway show.