LOS ANGELES — No NHL team had ever won three Game 7s en route to the Stanley Cup Final until the Los Angeles Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final. The playoffs are a grind for every team that reaches this point of the season, but one side has played the maximum amount of hockey through three rounds, 21 games.
The Kings rallied for a historic comeback after being down 0-3 in opening round versus the San Jose Sharks. In Round 2, they lost three in a row to the Anaheim Ducks before rebounding and winning Games 6 and 7 to take home the Calfornia State Championship. Against Chicago in the conference final, they lost a 3-1 series lead to the Blackhawks before Alec Martinez’s overtime goal in Game 7 sent them to their second Cup Final in three seasons.
The ups and downs of series take a toll, mentally and physically. Kings captain Dustin Brown called the seven games against Chicago “probably the most emotional series I’ve been a part of.” Through three rounds, LARead More »from Kings ready to quickly reset after another short turnaround