On Tuesday, the Rangers talks to the press as part of the Stanley Cup's media day in Los Angeles. NY1's Kevin Garrity filed the following report from Los Angeles.
Twenty years is certainly not as long as 54, but it has been awhile since the Rangers reached hockey's promised land. And now, after a weekend where they had a few days off in a row, the Blueshirts are energized and ready for their best of Seven Stanley Cup final against the L.A. Kings.
“It was kinda nice to sit back a little bit yeah and get away from the game a little bit and recharge, but now you just want to get going and like I said see how you match up against this team,” said Henrik Lundqvist.
“You've got to put that aside and focus on having a good practice here today and getting your body and your mental and you mind right for a what's going to be a heck of a series and a heck of a war and battle all the way through to the very end,” said Ryan McDonagh.
“It's exciting. Everyone is, you know this is the first real thing that we've kinda of been a part of and we got new gear today and stuff like that it's super exciting times,” said Derek Stepan.
The Kings won the cup two years ago and they were down three games to none in their opening playoff series, so they've overcome a lot this spring and will be a very tough opponent
"They're a big team, straight forward, you know, experienced and obviously don't give up. We've seen that over the last few years and especially this year,” said Brad Richards.
Richards and Martin St. Louis both won a cup with the Tampa Bay Lighting 10 years ago. They've been trying to relay one message to the rest of the guys who are here for the first time.
“Just make them understand how hard it is to get here to, you know, leave it out there and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy this, enjoy this moment,” said St. Louis.
St. Louis lost his mother about three weeks ago and at Tuesday's media day he talked about how she always told him chase his dreams. And he said that's exactly what the rangers have to do once game one gets underway here Wednesday night.