I hate the Kings and their baby diving captain as much as the next guy but if they win a Cup it won't really bother me. They built that team, in my opinion, the right way. They drafted and developed their core, have one of the best farm systems in the league which has allowed them to trade for key players from the outside, and seem to have competent up and coming players who are able to play a supporting role to the big guns.
The same could mostly be said about the Rangers but I just don't like that organization; I like a lot of their players but I developed a dislike for them a while back and can't see that dissipating anytime soon. They're also an East Coast big market team so there's that to root against as well. Despite the fact that I actually have a semi-passionate dislike toward the Kings (probably more than any other NHL team), they feel more like a family member you can't stand rather than an outsider you distrust.
Don't care about getting Parise but Richards failing at defense to keep the puck from getting in was the key signature to this night!
Henrique was Girardi's man. He totally gaffed in OT.
Doesn't matter. The team was gassed from the previous series. Being 0-7 when up in the playoffs is inexcusable. The lack of scoring depth killed them, and not having a solid bottom D-pair overworked the top 4 guys. They couldn't handle the Devils fresh legs and tough forecheck.
Future's bright though. Glad I finally got to experience a playoff where I was rooting for a team deep into May.