Over four decades of disappointment and the Los Angeles Kings have come further than ever before. So many memories, great moments, and legends have taken place on Los Angeles ice up until now, but none of those can overshadow the run this team is on. This team is just a win away from lifting the game’s ultimate prize.
But before I go on with more hyperbole and cliche histrionics, holy crap! The Kings are on the fracking verge of winning it all! What did the realist in me say before these playoffs started? ”Well, we’ll see how it goes. I’m just glad they made it.” It wasn’t a lack of faith talking, it was a diehard fan who had read about the team he roots for as a potential playoff powerhouse before the season, yet watched a coaching change, an extended losing streak, and season long scoring drought. It was a team that could do so much but hadn’t gotten there yet. Yet…
Then these playoffs started and it all turned around.
After speculation that the Kings offense was waning once again, it exploded in Game 3. The Kings tallied 4 markers on the legendary Brodeur, including 2 power-play goals. I’ll give you a minute to wipe the spit off your computer screen. The Kings lit it up tonight, bringing the glory they’ve experienced on the road back home to Staples Center for the Kings faithful to enjoy.
So much credit goes to Quick for shutting the door on some seriously quality Devils’ chances, including a run of power plays for New Jersey to start the game. All Quick has done in these playoffs is play the way he has all season. He put up a Vezina-caliber season and a Conn Smythe-caliber playoffs.
As for the rest of the team, they found their game again for the 3rd matchup of this series. Perhaps it was the return of Gagne (not likely) or maybe the hometown crowd (no doubt). Either way, the Kings looked dominant in the final 2 periods of Game 3. It wasn’t just one guy. That’s the thing about the way this team is playing right now, there’s no hero. It’s a team effort.
There are just so many stories for this team. Penner’s redemption, Carter’s comeback, Brown’s leadership. But we can talk about those later. For now it’s about one more game.
Boy, this past season seems decades ago. I’m sure for some fans, the wait has seemed decades long. Well, because it was. It’s not over yet, but it’s close.
Wednesday. Go Kings Go!
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Written by Eric Cooney
Eric Cooney was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in North Carolina, and lives in Los Angeles, CA. He shares his thoughts on the NHL as one man who is a northerner, southerner, east coaster, and west coaster. Follow him on Twitter @EricCooney