Rangers again look for emotional Cup inspiration
By Mark Lamport-Stokes
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The New York Rangers, who can claim to be this season's team of destiny, will seek further emotional inspiration from Dominic Moore and Martin St. Louis as they vie with the Los Angeles Kings for the Stanley Cup.
Back in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in two decades after Moore and St. Louis rebounded from personal grief to join their team mates on a championship crusade, the Rangers trail the Kings 0-1 in the best-of-seven series.
Los Angeles rallied from two goals down to win Wednesday's opener 3-2 in overtime and, with Game Two set for Saturday, center Moore is well aware of the remarkable 'comeback' threat posed by New York's opponents.
"They are incredibly resilient," Moore, 33, told reporters about the 2012 Stanley Cup champions who this season became the first team ever to reach the finals by winning three best-of-seven series that went the distance.
"Some of their comebacks in series this year are self-evident of that. They are just a team that knows how to find ways to win and we've got a lot of respect for that. We always expected our toughest challenge yet.
"They are seasoned and they have won the Stanley Cup with a lot of players on this (2014 Kings) team," added Moore, who has played for nine different teams during his NHL career, including the Tampa Bay Lightning where he got to know St. Louis.
The Kings had been on the brink of exiting the playoffs when trailing San Jose 0-3 but stunningly fought their way through to the finals by beating the Sharks, the Anaheim Ducks and the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks.
However, the Rangers have also displayed a great deal of grit and resilience en route to series wins against the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins, both in seven games, and the Montreal Canadiens, in six. Continued...