The Rangers lost in overtime for the second time in a row against the Los Angeles Kings Saturday night, but the team says they are ready to get back on track once they are back on their home ice for Game 3. NY1's Budd Mishkin filed the following report.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA—Another game; another overtime. This time double overtime, and another loss.
This one is arguably more excruciating that the previous one for the Rangers.
"We have a two-goal lead going to the third, it's not the way you want to start it, but you try to stick with it and they kept pushing, so," said Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh.
"You have to move on. It's a game. We all battled. I battled. When you play five periods, obviously, the difference is not very big. Even the last game the difference is not big, between winning and losing. You just have to stick with it and believe in each other here, and what we're doing is good. It's definitely good enough. It's just one bounce here and there and it's a different score here," said Rangers goaltender Henril Lundqvist.
In regulation, again, the Rangers struggled to hold a two-goal lead.
In game two, three times the Rangers led by two goals, only to see the Los Angeles Kings come back.
They were again hurt by turnovers and a non-goalie interference call on the 4-3 goal.
"First quarter we answered, we're really upset about the result right now. I'm not going to overanalyze it, just wake up tomorrow, turn the page and move on to Game 3," said Rangers forward Martin St.Louis.
"I think we've played close to nine periods now, and for the most part I've liked a lot of things about our game. Our guys are trying real hard and we're going to continue to try. Both games we had opportunities, we didn't get it done. We're going home in front of our great fans, and we're going to be ready for the next game," said Rangers Head Coach Alain Vigneault.
The Rangers were again poised to take a game on the Kings ice, but they were again hurt by turnovers in regulation, and the failure to close the Kings out—also, the inability to finish when they had so many chances in the overtime. For those reasons and many more, they head back to NYC down 0-2.