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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings are a mountain to climb, and the size of the challenge comes home the closer you get. Cheap Air Max 270 Ireland . The New York Rangers finally had a first-hand look in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final, mounting an early assault before Los Angeles knocked them back to win 3-2 in overtime. Asked to compare the physicality of the well-drilled Kings to the three teams the Rangers have beaten in the playoffs to date, New York coach Alain Vigneault neatly summed up the challenge before the Blueshirts. "Philly was a physical team and they played on the edge," he said. "Pittsburgh played more of a skill game, but they also had quite a few players that played on the edge. Montreal was a real structured team. So they were three different opponents. "This one here is structured. Theyve got skill. Theyre physical. So makes it a pretty big challenge." You can add battle-hardened to that list. In the dog-eat-dog Western Conference, the Kings have come to the final the long way. They have had to run the gauntlet of San Jose, Anaheim and Chicago -- teams that finished 15, 20 and 11 points, respectively, ahead of New York in the regular season. And they did it without home-ice advantage. "Were a team thats just never going to go away," said Los Angeles forward Kyle Clifford. "Doesnt matter what the score is, were going to play our hardest and do what we do best." The Kings, who clawed their way back to dominate the second half of Wednesdays game, have already given the Rangers plenty to chew on. The New Yorkers, nestled in a five-star cubbyhole on the beach, had the day off Thursday to ponder the challenge. "To be able to be away from the game is a good thing, but at the same time I think if you ask every guy on our team, where were at mentally right now is were at the rink still," said forward Derek Stepan. "Guys are evaluating their own games, getting ready to make adjustments and get ourselves ready for Game 2." That comes Saturday, and Vigneault wasted little time challenging his players to up their game this time. "One thing is real evident to me, and it should be to our whole group, is were not going to beat this team if we do not all bring our A game," Vigneault said. "It is that strong of an opponent that were playing against. "We had Hank (goalie Henrik Lundqvist) that brought his A game last night. We had a couple guys. I dont want to name who, I think brought their A game. But our B game wont do it. Were not going to win if we bring our B game to the table. "Theyre one of the best teams Ive seen in a long time. Areas to exploit, they dont jump out at you. Were going to have to be better than we were." Unlike in the Eastern Conference final series against Montreal, where Vigneault and Habs coach Michel Therrien poked and prodded each other verbally, Vigneault has been all business so far in the final. He seems to be staring at the Kings, like a career bank robber pondering how to take down a state-of-the-art safe. The Rangers coach says his team knew going into the series what was needed to win. "Its something that we discussed -- how good the opponent was. And thats a challenge. At this time of the year to win, you got to bring your A game. Thats each and every player. When we played Game 6 against Montreal, each and every player brought his A game. Its not an easy thing to do. But against this opponent, I do believe our expectations are to win, (weve) got to find a way to do it." Vigneault is no strangers to the challenge, having crossed paths with the Kings many times during his years as coach of the Canucks. "They were a good team in the years past," he said. "Theyre a real good team now. Theyve obviously got more experience. They play their game plan to a T and they dont deviate in any shape, way, or form so that makes it real challenging for the opposition." Captain Dustin Brown says part of the secret of the Kings success is their familiarity. "For our team, its just a result of us being together for a long time. I think that goes a longer ways than most people think," he said. "When it gets really hard, really tough, you know the guy next to you very well. You know what hes going to do in those types of situations." Worrying for the Rangers is the fact the Kings, who fell behind 2-0 in the first period only to rally and outshoot New York 20-3 in the third, can be better. Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter acknowledged his team was sluggish following the quick turnaround from the gruelling series with Chicago. "Guys are not machines," he told a media availability at a hotel adjacent to their practice facility. "We can play a lot better," he added. "Its way better when youre not chasing the lead." Sutter did his bit to inject some life into his team, changing up the lines in the first period as soon as he saw some players did not have their legs under them. The Kings also had an off-day Thursday. Air Max 270 Discount Ireland . And follow TSN.ca right through Wednesdays 3pm et trade deadline for all the updates. Blue line help for Red Wings? In addition to what he reported in Insider Trading, TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun wrote on ESPN. Air Max 270 Sale Ireland . That further limits the options of Australia coach Ewen McKenzie, who on Monday suspended six players who were involved in a night out in Dublin ahead of the Saturdays 32-15 win over the Irish. The Wallabies play Scotland on Saturday before facing Wales on Nov.MONTREAL -- Jeb Brovsky holds no grudge against the Vancouver Whitecaps for leaving him unprotected in the 2012 Major League Soccer expansion draft. The Lakewood, Col., native had just completed a promising rookie season with the Whitecaps when he was selected by the Montreal Impact, joining his second expansion franchise in as many years. "I understood that, protecting 10 guys, if youre a rookie you sometimes dont get protected," Brovsky said Friday. "Thats business. "Its really worked out for me because Im happy here. I had a fantastic time last year with (former coach) Jesse Marsch and this year has been fantastic as well." Brovsky still has friends on the Whitecaps, but that will be set aside when the teams meet Saturday afternoon at Saputo Stadium with Vancouver (10-10-8) looking to end a five-game winless run and Montreal (13-8-6) hoping to tighten its grip on a playoff spot. The Impacts first game when it made the jump to MLS was a 2-0 defeat in Vancouver on March 2, 2012. They met twice this year in Amway Canadian Championship play in May, drawing 0-0 in Montreal and 2-2 in Vancouver. The Impact won the series and claimed the Voyageurs Cup on the away goals rule. "That was maybe a turning point in their season because they havent got the results since we played them," said Brovsky. "And two ties in a final and you go through -- its tough to be on the losing end of that. "So they might have a bit of desperation coming in here." Its been a tough week for Montreal, which blew a lead and lost 2-1 at home to Columbus last Saturday and then flew to the West Coast to be beaten 3-0 by San Jose in the CONCACAF Champions League. The team flew home Wednesday and coach Marco Schallibaum gave the players a day off Thursday to have them fresh as possible for the Whitecaps. The Impact are second in the Eastern Conference, three points behind New York but with two games in hand. The Whitecaps, who squeaked into the playoffs last season with only 43 points, are seventh in the West, two points behind sixth-place Dallas and five behind Portland, which holds the fifth and final playoff position. Vancouver is 1-5-3 in its last nine games and has scored only seven goals in that span. Scoring leader Camilo Sanvezza has 14 goals on the season, but only one in his last seven games. The return of 20-year-old winger Russell Teibert from national team duty may help against Montreal, whose defence has been bleeding goals of late even if the attack is strong. Marco Di Vaio, the MLS leader with 18, has seven goals in his last five league games. Schallibauum does not disclose his lineup until he has to -- one hour before game time -- but Brovsky has appeared in all 27 games this season. Nike Air Max 270 Wholesale. The 24-year-old started out as a centre midfielder with Vancouver, but was switched to right back during the season. In Montreal, he has found a home at left back, while the teams other iron man, Hassoun Camara, plays on the right. After goalkeeper Troy Perkins, they have played the most minutes of any Impact players, with Brovsky at 2,340 and Camara at 2,334. "When you play as much as we play, you have to stay focused," said Camara. "Its hard to play every game, but when you commit to do this for the team, you do it. "Id like to play all the games until the end of the year because Im in a good way and I want to give my best." "Im ready to fight every day," added Brovsky. "You never know when your last games going to be so Id rather go out with a bunch of scars and see how long I can push myself." In his MLS career thus far, Brovsky has spent time in two different Canadian cities and two very different soccer cultures. In Montreal, the accent from the start has been on European style and players, with older, former Italian league stars Di Vaio, Alessandro Nesta and Matteo Ferrari leading the way. It appeared at the start of this season that American players would be squeezed out and some have, but Brovsky, Perkins and midfielder Justin Mapp have flourished. "There are similarities, but there are huge differences too," Brovsky said of the two clubs, who were rivals in other leagues for nearly two decades before they joined MLS. "(Owner) Joey Saputo and the front office here have a different view on the path they want to take and certainly its working. "We had a lot of questions at the beginning of the season about older players and the Italian strategy and whatnot, but we have put performances together and no one can doubt the numbers or that were playing well. "Vancouvers going the opposite way, with a lot of youth and building. But there are good players on both sides. Its funny what works and what doesnt in this league. You never know what is the winning formula, but I think we found something very special here." One of Brovskys pals on the Whitecaps is U.S. international defender Jay DeMerit, who returned last week from an Achilles heel injury suffered in the season opener. The two players and their families have a dinner planned for after the match. "Hopefully were celebrating an Impact victory and I can buy him a drink," Brovsky said. Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Nike Basketball Jerseys Hockey Jerseys China Supply Baseball Jerseys Football Jerseys SaleAuthentic College Jerseys MLB Jerseys China Stitched Soccer Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap Nike Jerseys ' ' '

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