The Stanley Cup final is just around the corner, and two long time rivals will be fighting it out for the win. New York and Los Angeles are at it again, but for different reasons than normal. It’s not longer a battle on the runway; it’s a battle on the ice.
The two cities have thrived together in the entertainment world for many, many years, but they have yet to meet head-to-head for a sports title since the 1982 World Series. So how did these two teams get set up, anyway?
The Los Angeles Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday after an overtime victory in Game seven to win the Western Conference finals. The New York Rangers claimed a spot in the cup finals following a Game six win over the Montreal Canadians on Thursday that crowned them as the Eastern Conference champions.
“We’ve tried to earn the respect of the league. L.A. is not just a place to come and play a hockey game and work on your tan. It’s a tough loop in California right now to play. We want to put L.A. on the map, and put it significantly on the map with regards to hockey,” said Justin Williams of the Kings.
Looks like Williams got his wish – for now, at least. Only time will tell which team is able to prevail. The first game of seven is scheduled to take place on Wednesday in the Los Angeles Staples Center. Both teams are showing significant promise, but only one competitor can come out on top. May the best city win.