In 1999, Madison Square Garden diehards felt the heartbreak of losing in a Finals series when the Knicks got beat by the Spurs in the NBA Finals—completing their late '90s run without a ring. New York is reminded of its pain 15 years later; the Rangers lost Game 5 of the Stanley Cup to the Kings, 3-2.
Like the first two games, a third quarter lapse led to the Rangers' downfall. Marian Gaborik found the back of the net with 12:04 left to tie the game. The two opponents once again had to head to double overtime to settle it.
After a series of close calls (again, it seems you're going to need the touch of God to get past Jonathan Quick), Alec Martinez shot one past Henrik Lundqvist off a rebound to clinch the Kings' second Stanley Cup in three years.
New Yorkers can take pride in how the Rangers didn't go down without a fight, especially Lundqvist with his 48 saves. Sadly it's going to be a long wait until next season without that Stanley Cup and the image of Lundqvist's handsome mug afflicted with disappointment fresh in fans' minds.
It's gonna be OK, man.