SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Alain Vigneault reviewed only portions of the video from the Rangers' Stanley Cup final opener before he sat down at New York's oceanside hotel to explain how it got away.
The coach had formed a few impressions, and they made him even more wary of the Kings.
"They're one of the best teams I've seen in a long time," Vigneault said Thursday. "Areas to exploit, they don't jump out at you. We're going to have to be better than we were.
"I don't want to name (which Rangers) I think brought their 'A' game, but our 'B' game won't do it. We're not going to win if we bring our 'B' game to the table."
The Rangers realize they missed a golden chance to grab an early game from the weary Kings, who were 72 hours removed from a grueling, seven-game Western Conference final victory over the defending champion Blackhawks.
New York jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first period Wednesday but was soon overwhelmed. The Kings tied it in the second, dominated the third and won in overtime on Justin Williams' goal.
Game 2 is Saturday. The Kings enjoyed a rare day off at home. The Rangers tried to relax near the beach on a sunny day.
The Kings realize they've also got work to do after stumbling early in the game. New York's speed on the wings surprised them, leading to numerous prime scoring chances.
"There are two teams left out of 30, which means that they've both come a long ways, and they both had to be resilient," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "You don't get any award for 'resilient.' So we can play a lot better, and it's way better when you're not chasing the lead."
Kings deny sale report: The Kings denied a New York Post report that owner Philip Anschutz is considering selling the team after the Stanley Cup final. "There are no plans to sell the franchise today, tomorrow or any time in the future," said Dan Beckerman, president and CEO of parent company AEG.
Isles get Boyles' rights: The Islanders acquired the negotiating rights to defenseman Dan Boyle from the Sharks for a conditional pick in next year's draft. Boyle can be a free agent July 1. The agent for Boyle, who turns 38 in July, told the Tampa Bay Times the former Lightning player plans to test market but is open to returning to Tampa Bay. "I know he loves it down there," George Bazos said.
Times staff writer Joe Smith contributed to this report.