After last year's sweep and this year's choke job of a 3-1 series lead, a common topic around here has been whether or not the Penguins were outcoached and outplayed in the games they needed most. While many fans look at final score as the sole indicator of who played better, others take additional factors into account when determining who played better. While scoring more goals than your opponent is the end goal, doing so doesn't always mean that you played better. Up 3-0, the Kings have found a way to score more than the Rangers to this point. While the 3-0 lead indicates domination, a further look at each game indicates anything but.
Close in shots in all periods, aside from the 3rd (20-3 LA), the Rangers squandered a 2-0 lead and weren’t able to take full advantage of LA’s 18 giveaways. I wouldn’t say that NYR played better than LA, but this game was pretty even, and LA was fortunate to come out on top. LA played slightly better
Similar shot numbers (44-38), but between an officiating blunder and 33 giveaways, the Kings really didn’t deserve to win this game. NYR played better
32-15 (28-10 in the final 2 periods) says it all, really. NYR played better
Series: 3-0 LA
Stronger play: 2-1 NYR