Balance that offensive talent with the fact they remain, for our money, the heaviest team in the NHL, pounding the opposition physically, which in turn leads to mistakes and turnovers. The Kings outhit the Rangers 45-33 in Game 1, and as the game went on, the Blueshirts were worn down by the home team's relentless physical approach. How else to explain L.A.'s outshooting the Rangers 20-3 in the third period?
"I mean, they come at you hard," said Rangers coach Alain Vigneault. "When you make a play, you got to be willing to take the hit to make the play. That's something we knew coming into the series.
"I thought for 40 minutes we handled it real well. Not quite sure what happened in the third there."
The worst part for the Rangers is that the Kings were not exactly pleased with their effort in Game 1. They vow to be better in Game 2.
"I mean, it's a great result of the hockey game for us, definitely," said Williams. "But we have a lot of things to clean up. Certainly not our best game by any standards, especially ours."
The task will get tougher for the Rangers. The Kings know they can play better than they did in Game 1. And still they found a way. As they always seem to.