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Kings out to actually hold big lead over Rangers in Game 3

Rangers must get themselves back up in New York
Rangers must get themselves back up in New York
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The Los Angeles Kings reached the Stanley Cup finals by playing from behind. The Kings are never a team comfortable with a lead, as they even flirted with blowing a 3-0 lead in the 2012 Stanley Cup finals. Nevertheless, Los Angeles will look for another 3-0 lead over the New York Rangers in Game 3 on June 9, now that it is back on the road.

While the Kings took two overtime games over the Rangers at the Staples Center, they are more comfortable on the road in these playoffs, which spells doom for New York. After losing its first two games at San Jose in the first round, Los Angeles is 7-3 away from home in the postseason, including three Game 7 victories.

Yet at this point, the Rangers just want to make it to Game 5 and get back to Los Angeles. But after New York blew two golden chances to win in Games 1 and 2, the window of opportunity is barely open by now. The Rangers haven't trailed for a single second of regulation in the Stanley Cup finals, but are halfway towards being swept anyway.

The last time the Rangers were down by two games in the playoffs, they faced a 3-1 hole against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round -- and they were much more lifeless at that point than they are now. Nevertheless, Henrik Lundqvist caught fire at that point and carried the Rangers for the next round-and-a-half. After giving up so many two-goal leads in Los Angeles, Lundqvist is going to need a vintage dominant game in New York to keep the Rangers going now.

Even with Jonathan Quick being equally shaky, the Kings are getting by due to a more explosive than usual offense. Yet the end result is the same so far, as the Kings have another two-game lead in the finals over a team from the New York area after two overtime wins.

This time around, the Kings are playing Games 3 and 4 on the road, which nowadays is right where they want opponents. But all it would take is one Rangers victory in Game 3 to change the script, and to remind people the Kings have been the weaker team for most of these Stanley Cup finals.

The Rangers will start their own comeback effort at 8 p.m. est on the NBC Sports Network.