Rangers 'lacking sleep,' on brink of being swept in Stanley Cup

June 11, 2014 - 7:44 am

The Stanley Cup will be at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, but most fans in attendance would rather not see it by the time Game 4 is finished. The Rangers trail the Kings 3-0 in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup finals series following Monday's deflating 3-0 loss in Game 3 at MSG. And word out of Tuesday's practice is the mood of New York is about as grim as one may expect. "We're down 3-0," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "We're all lacking sleep. This is tough. I didn't expect my players today to be cheery and upbeat. We're in the Stanley Cup final and we're down 3-0. You don't get a lot of these opportunities, so excuse us if we're not real cheery. But [Wednesday], I can tell you we're going to show up." While New York was reported to be visibly deflated at practice Tuesday, one player who has yet to give in is defenseman Marc Staal. "You don't want to end your season losing a game at home and giving the Stanley Cup to their team. It's not going to happen that way," Staal said Tuesday. "We want to come out and get one game." If New York is going to stay alive for at least another game, changes will inevitably have to be made. One new option Vigneault will have is agitator Dan Carcillo, who will be eligible to play for the first time since Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals due to a six-game suspension for elbowing linesman Scott Driscoll. "We haven'€™t really talked about [whether I'€™m playing]," Carcillo said. "It feels good to be able to be back around the guys in the room, and as far as the lineup goes, I have no idea what'€™s going to happen." With the Kings one win away from lifting the Cup for the second time in three years, the debate over who will win the Conn Smythe trophy has already begun. The Los Angeles Times writes that defenseman Drew Doughty should be the leading candidate for the playoff MVP award, but forward Justin Williams could make a case for himself thanks to some impressive play in the first three games of the series. Williams has one goal and six points in the Cup finals, and eight goals, 24 points and a plus-14 rating for the playoffs.