absolutely, the rangers were outshot 194-129 in the series. It was not close in all but the scoreboard. The kings were obviously the better team (as they were in 2012 too, but the that series was more competitive.)
I'm not giving them the credit of it "being a very close series", that's malarkey. The pundits are right, in their hindsight breakdown of the series:
- No goals for the Rangers in any game after the 2nd period.
- Kings outshooting the hell out of NY in the second half of each game, to an embarrassing degree. People who never watched hockey before could see the Kings as the better team in every game as they approached the second 30 minutes of the game.
- The "luck" they say that let the fateful goal in Game 2 not be whistled off is a fraction of the luck I saw in play in Game 4, with crossbars and pucks stopping on the goal line, to avoid a sweep.
This series was never close. Kings-Devils in 2012 was a true dogfight, if you want to compare the two.
Actually the nba and nhl finals were scary similar. Both "kings" carried their team but it wasn't really a contest. The only difference is that in basketball if you get thoroughly outplayed it shows on the scoreboard. In hockey that's not necessarily the case.
Also want to make a point that just because it wasn't that competitive doesn't mean it wasn't entertaining- watching the kings throw everything they had and just not finding the net at times was insanely frustrating but in a good way (at least I can say that now that I know the result).
Edited by dmann422, 16 June 2014 - 10:35 AM.