The Kings won their second game in Los Angeles and now head to New York with a large advantage. And even a larger one if you think they have the refs in their pocket following the third goal, credited to none other than Dwight King.
That was a borderline play obviously. Depending on what psycho killer you have in the race would pretty much determine what your opinion on the play was. New Yorkers were clearly pretty upset.
If the Kings think they're gonna come to MSG and cheat like they just did, in our city, they're in for a wake up call— Timmy Lungren (@LuNgR00) June 8, 2014
I'm typically not a conspiracy theorist, but doesn't it fall in the NHL's interest to continue this "LA as comeback kings" narrative?— Melody Fitzgerald (@melonsports) June 8, 2014
Tomorrow's headline: "Kings cheat, win again."— Casey (@CaseyHates) June 8, 2014
Still pissed about the refs never called interference and gave the kings that gay ass goal.— Eric Johnston (@sk8remj) June 8, 2014
It goes on like this for, well, forever really. If you really want to check out more of the responses, here, I guess. It really doesn't take much work to find a bunch of upset Rangers fans after that.
And can you blame them? The Rangers have been on the receiving end of countless bad calls. They took to the internet en masse to try and save poor Chris Kreider from Gary Bettman's chopping block. Videos, GIFs, angry misspelled tweets, anything they could think of was slapped up on the web to prove the innocence of poor Chris. It was all a witch hunt. Running notorious Nazi sympathizer Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens was just a set up. A long conspiracy set in place by the NHL to prevent the largest market in the United States from having a left winger made available for a few games. Fortunately he was saved.
However, all of New York's combined population could not save Gorilla Salad, Daniel Carcillo, from the wrath of the scheming NHL. An elbow thrown towards a ref? Who could blame Daniel? These were the men working against him, his team, his city. They didn't bludgeon (former Ranger) Brandon Prust to death after he broke Derek Stepan's jaw! What else was Car Bomb supposed to do? Try and play the game, maybe chip in with a goal? Of course not! He fought back against the tyranny conspiring against them, and received a ten game ban. But New York protested and rallied hard. They camped out front of NHL headquarters for a week, until the punishment was lowered to six games.
In the meantime however, the rest of the Rangers were unjustly targeted again. John Moore was the latest victim, as he was targeted by the league late in the Eastern Conference Finals. The league blindsided Moore with a suspension following a "concussion" received by Dale Weise. Weise even played the next game and then was conveniently diagnosed with a concussion at the conclusion of the series.
When will it end? The Kings are my team, but how can they get away with trying to bully Henrik Lundqvist? How can they get away with overtly breaking every rule?? How can they attempt to injure opposing players and have the league not react???
When will the madness stop? Maybe someone will finally look into the Kings having bad ice in an attempt to try and slow down the Rangers.
@rangersreport I take my hat off to the kings they always find a way to win if it's not the bad ice it's playing dirty and now the referee— aladdin (@aladdin967) June 8, 2014
@7BOOMERESIASON something to think about. Did LA water down the ice to slow down the rangers— Mike D (@mikeyrangers) June 6, 2014
How else can you explain being down 2-0?
Despite being up 2-0 in this series, things can turn on a dime in New York, as the Kings have shown already in their past few series. That said, they have looked like garbage for about half of the time played through this round so far. They have not had a lead in three straight games, and their first periods have been train wrecks. I really would like for the Kings to wake up and maybe have a game where I don't have at least a dozen heart attacks. Oh well.
Prediction: Triple overtime loss probably because of me.