Alain Vigneault: “Like Our Chances” Against Kings
(GREENBURGH, N.Y.) -- The New York Rangers will play in their first Stanley Cup Finals since 1994, and coach Alain Vigneault has faith that his team can get the job done against the Los Angeles Kings.
The Kings beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago on Sunday in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals and are looking for their second Stanley Cup in the last three years.
"Even though a lot of people aren't going to give us a chance, I like our chances," Vigneault said on Monday. "I like our group. I like our focus. I like the way we compete."
If the Rangers are going to take home the Cup, they'll have to do it without home ice.
"I know L.A.'s been there before," Vigneault continued. "I know they've won before [in 2012]. I know they've gone to three Game 7's [this postseason] and won them, and they just beat the defending Stanley Cup champions. I get that....But we've really rallied around ourselves and the opportunity [to play for the title]."
New York's road to the finals has not been an easy one; they beat the Penguins in seven games, came back from a 3-1 deficit to the Philadelphia Flyers, and took six games to close out the Candiens in the East finals.
"I think going into Philly [in the first round], people were probably 50/50 that we'd get through that," Vigneault said. "Going into Pittsburgh [in the Eastern Conference semifinals], I would probably say a lot more experts were picking Pittsburgh than the Rangers. And then against Montreal [in the conference finals], other than a few New York reporters, I think everybody across Canada was picking Montreal in four or five."
Game 1 will be at the Staples Center on Wednesday night.
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