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Kings ride another explosive third period for comeback win

Mar 6, 2013, 1:34 AM EDT

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Maybe the Los Angeles Kings are taking the old line “it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish” a little too seriously.

On Monday night, the Kings managed just six shots on goal (one successful) in the first two periods before exploding for four goals in the third to bury the Nashville Predators 5-1. Despite back-to-back games, the Kings saw an even more dramatic turnaround on Tuesday, flipping a 4-1 St. Louis Blues lead* early in the second to a 6-4 win. Four of those last five goals came in the final frame.

In a way, those games have been a microcosm of the squad’s 2013 season (or really the last two campaigns).

Since starting 3-5-2 with some rather ugly games, the Kings have won nine of 11 games starting on Feb. 11. In hindsight, one might call the bumpy beginning of 2013 a Cliff Notes version of their 2011-12 struggles.

Perhaps it only makes sense that last season’s late trade bounty Jeff Carter has factored heavily into this rejuvenation, then. While he didn’t match Monday’s natural hat trick, Carter was one of the goal-scorers, maintaining momentum that parallels his team’s torrid run.

That leaves Los Angeles at fourth place in the West with 26 points (but one more win than division rival San Jose). If this cold-hot trend continues with another Cup win or two, we might end up calling the Kings “the procrastinating dynasty.”

* – Tuesday had one other momentous comeback. The Washington Capitals stormed back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 in OT.

  1. barroomhero80 - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    GO KINGS GO!

  2. r8rbhawk - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Great game. I pulled up this game after the Hawks won their 10th in a row. This game was epic, it had everything; all these east coast homers missed out on why the West is the better conference.

    • ron05342 - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      I was there and I was telling my friend that if the Blues make it 5-1 I am going to beat traffic home.

      I guess this team just isn’t the same team as last season. I can’t recall one comeback game all last season and already this team has three of them this year.

      Certainly can’t walk out on them if they always wait for the 3rd period to wake up.

  3. blomfeld - Mar 6, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    VICTORY AND JOY !!!

    Another glorious performance which demonstrates why we Kings are reigning Stanley Cup Champions and the absolute “best” hockey team in the world today! We’re starting to hit our stride now, so anyone crossing our path from here on in had better be ready … seriously! :) :) :)

  4. cuzenz - Mar 6, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Where’s all the nay sayers now who said this team got “lucky” winning the Cup? The CHAMPS are HERE!!

  5. manchestermiracle - Mar 6, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Great comeback, but I’d be a lot less stressed (the dog, too) if they showed up before half the game was gone….

  6. bigpappi - Mar 6, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    So sick of other boards giving the cup to shy town already. The cup run through LA till they get knocked out. Obviously Carter is now comfortable with his team and they have started to come together again , picking up from the cup run. This team has a swagger and once Quick regains his post surgical form they will be right there.

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