RYE, N.Y. -- Rye’s Eric Moy interned with the New York Rangers during their last Stanley Cup appearance 20 years ago, but he fears his favorite hockey team won’t be able to bounce back after losing to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night, June 9, and falling three games to none in the series.
Moy, who now runs a family-owned dry cleaning store on Purhcase Street in Rye, said the Kings have several advantages that he thinks make a Rangers comeback unlikely.
“I just think they’re a stronger, more physical team than the Rangers, and the Rangers are a finesse team,” he said. "But, when it comes to power and grit, I think the Kings have their number.”
The first two games in L.A. were close, but the Rangers were shut out 3-0 in the third game at Madison Square Garden Monday. Moy said he would hate to see the Kings win the Stanley Cup at MSG.
To avoid that, he said the Rangers have to get their legs under them and use their speed early on, before the Kings' power advantage wears them down.
Andy Caspi, another big Rangers fan from Rye, said he is holding out hope that the Rangers can rally to take the next four games, as the Kings did in their first-round matchup against the San Jose Sharks.
“It’s been done before and I hope they can do it. But I’m hedging my bets,” he said. “(Rick) Nash has to focus more on scoring and less on defensive play. He’s a great all-around player but he’s got to focus more on the scoring. He’s the star that really has to pick it up.”
Similarly, Jeff Freedman of Rye Brook said he isn’t ruling the Rangers out, but it’s going to be a tough road. Even though the Rangers’ run to the Stanley Cup has created great momentum for the team, Freedman said that same momentum exists in L.A.
“They’re a perennially great, great team, so the puck is just not bouncing in the right direction,” he said. "And the games have been superclose.”