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Kings on verge of another 3-0 series lead

May 17, 2012, 9:05 AM EDT

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Forward Jarret Stoll insists that the Los Angeles Kings’ run hasn’t been easy, but they have sure made it look that way. Just six wins away from the Stanley Cup, the Kings have only lost one postseason game. They need just one more victory to jump to a 3-0 lead for the third straight series.

“We’ve had some adversity,” Stoll said. “We’ve had some tough games where we hadn’t had our ‘A’ game and we’ve needed our goaltender or our defense to bail us out.”

Stoll thinks the key to the Kings’ overwhelming success is the contributions they’ve been getting from their stars to their role players. That certainly seems to be the case. The Kings, on paper, have been a great team for quite some time, but they didn’t all click until Darryl Sutter took over as head coach.

Phoenix Coyotes’ Radim Vrbata agrees that this isn’t the same team that they faced in the regular season.

“For some reason they were not scoring goals during the season. They had a tough time doing that,” Vrbata said. “Right now it seems like they found their game, they’re just rolling with it.”

The Coyotes will have to find a way to win on Thursday without Martin Hanzal, who is serving a one-game suspension. Otherwise, the Los Angeles Kings will be in a very familiar position.

  1. blomfeld - May 17, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    “No, we shouldn’t do that !”

    That was my exact reply yesterday, when a fellow Kings suggested to me that it might be time to start talking about the next round. Tonight’s tilt is huge and pivotal, as just like the Canucks and Blues before, this is truly going to be “make or break” time for the Enrons. It’s a given that whatever fight these Coyotes have left will now be thrown in our faces … and probably then some. Hopefully however our Kings can weather their initial storm and then counter with a massive blow from which they can’t recover ! It’s going to be great friends and I can’t wait ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • barroomhero80 - May 17, 2012 at 12:54 PM

      We shall prevail!!!! It’s our time!!!!!

    • paledevil - May 17, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      video preview?

      • blomfeld - May 17, 2012 at 9:39 PM

        Yes friend … a video preview is indeed called for here. As illustrated in the following excellent clip, there must be no mistake that tonight the enemy will throw “everything” they have at us with unbridled desperation. Nonetheless, our advance cannot and therefore will not stop ! … not for these Enrons … not for anyone ! So as long as our lines hold rank and keep moving forward, then we’re sure to carry the day in the end and claim victory !

        GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        ps: a little known fact is that many LA Kings fans are also students of history ! :)

  2. mgp1219 - May 17, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    GO KINGS GO!!! Keep doing the same as you have been…play the games with intensity and focus and the Cup will be yours!

  3. paledevil - May 18, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    more appropriate…..

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