Most of the analysts on TSN/ESPN/NBC were picking the rangers for game 3. Figured the home crowd and them being in it in games 1 and 2. Even vegas had this tilted towards the rangers.
HOWEVER, i must say i was THE most confident about the kings winning this game then any other game in the last 3 weeks.
The blackhawks emotionally and physically drained the kings, the kings being able to stay home for the week playing those home games were instrumental for the team to get their rest.. however their FOCUS was absent in a lot of games 1 and 2. (turnover #'s). That's not kings hockey... it wasn't the brand that we subscribed to the last 3 years. This team needed some road games to get that focus back. They got their rest and though they played 2 OT games.. the team was able to sleep in their own beds and recharge for a good week. The kings have proven to be one of the better road teams this year and in playoffs past. The focus was there and we saw an old familiar friend tonight with this great shutout win.
If there's one thing the rangers can cling on to is that the kings are real weak in close out games and they're incredibly streaky in both WINS and LOSSES.