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The home stretch: LA Kings eager to finish Rangers, lift Cup in Game 5 after epic playoff run

  • New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) reaches to move the puck away from the goal behind goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) in the third period during Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in New York. The Rangers won the game 2-1. (AP Photo/Bruce Bennett, Pool)

    New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) reaches to move the puck away from the goal behind goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) in the third period during Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in New York. The Rangers won the game 2-1. (AP Photo/Bruce Bennett, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Rangers center Dominic Moore (28) crashes the boards against Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams (14) in the third period during Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in New York. The Rangers won the game 2-1. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    New York Rangers center Dominic Moore (28) crashes the boards against Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams (14) in the third period during Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in New York. The Rangers won the game 2-1. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  (The Associated Press)

  • Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23) reacts with center Anze Kopitar (11) after scoring against the New York Rangers in the second period during Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23) reacts with center Anze Kopitar (11) after scoring against the New York Rangers in the second period during Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)  (The Associated Press)

The Los Angeles Kings already know there's no place like home ice for a coronation.

They've got the chance to lift the Stanley Cup at Staples Center again when they host the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the finals on Friday night, giving the ultimate celebration to their long-suffering fans for the second time in three years.

The Kings insist they're not bothered by their inability to finish in New York. Jarret Stoll says they're only focused on a good start to Game 5.

Henrik Lundqvist gave the Rangers hope with his 40-save performance in Game 4, earning another cross-country trip for the Eastern Conference champions.

And the Rangers have ample reason to be comfortable at Staples Center, where they never trailed in their two series-opening overtime losses.