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Will Kings make history tonight vs. Sharks?

Apr 28, 2014, 2:49 PM EDT

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Though they’re only halfway to their goal of advancing past the opening round, the Kings could accomplish a rare feat tonight at Staples.

After falling behind 0-3 to the Sharks, the Kings won two straight and now have a chance to become just the ninth team in NHL history to force a Game 7 after going behind three games to none.

Exciting stuff, sure…just don’t expect L.A. head coach Darryl Sutter to get amped over the possibility of going down in hockey lore.

“Stay realistic,” is how Sutter explained his mindset going into Game 6, per LA Kings Insider. “Don’t get too caught up in when somebody says you’re awful or if somebody says you’re great.

“We know what we are, and we just try and stay the course and try and get everybody to be accountable and be responsible with each other.”

It’s going to be tough for the Kings not to get caught up in this, though. As mentioned, they’re getting the Sharks at home, where the Kings have dominated recently — prior to San Jose’s 4-3 OT win in Game 3, the Sharks had lost eight straight in Staples (regular season and playoffs combined.)

There’s also the not-so-small fact that, as Brough pointed out on Friday, the 0-3 deficit doesn’t seem as overwhelming as it used to be.

Of the previous eight teams to force Game 7, three of ’em — Philly in ’10, Detroit in ’11, Chicago in ’11 — occurred within the last four postseasons. That’s telling, because the last time it happened prior to the Flyers was when the Isles did it in 1975…meaning the league went 35 years without an 0-3 team forcing Game 7, then had three in two years.

The Kings also have the “advantage” of employing Jeff Carter and Mike Richards, two of the catalysts of Philly’s comeback over Boston four years ago. I say “advantage” because both have said on numerous occasions this current situation in L.A. is much different from the one in Philadelphia, but the fact remains they’re the only two that have actually experienced such a comeback and, in the case of Richards, led the charge — he scored five points over the final four games to help pull the stunner.

“Our mindset was if you are going to go down, you are going to go down swinging,” Richards said after dispatching of Boston. “We took it one goal at a time.”

That’s the mindset the Kings have adopted after falling behind 0-3 to the Sharks, though there also appeared to be some of Sutter’s never-say-die attitude sprinkled in, too.

“It’s a tough hill,” Sutter said after losing Game 3, per the Kings website. “We won’t go away quietly. That’s for sure.”

  1. sharksman - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    no :)

    • tronn25 - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      Torres and Sheppard are goons. They do make a cute couple though.

      • that's the best linebacker i've seen since Joe Montana - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        Stoll is a goon.

      • cybernetikghost - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:43 PM

        Hahahahaha stoll is a goon. He took out one player accidentally and he’s a goon? He’s just a little goober, goon is a little big for his britches.

      • titansrbeast - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        Lol wtf has Shep done? Wanna maybe watch the games? And if you didn’t notice Raffi has 2 goals this series and if I’m correct he has maybe 1 (?) penalty.

    • sharksman - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      Shep is a goon ? really ? wow
      Ok did not see that coming lol

  2. sjsharks66 - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Sheppard is a goon? How long have you been watching hockey?

  3. patthehockeyfan - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:05 PM


  4. sjtorpitt - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    He must be one of those Kings fans, est. 2012.

    • nightfireop - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      you ran out of meaningful stuff to say didn’t you?

  5. 19inarow - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Regarding the Isles in ’75, as the story goes, when they went down 3-0 to Pittsburgh, Al Arbour walked into the dressing room and said, “If there’s anyone in this room who doesn’t believe they can win this series, I want him to leave right now.” They came back and beat the Penguins, then the next series against Philadelphia, they went down 3-0, yet again. They forced a second consecutive Game 7, but lost it to the eventual Cup champions, that year.

  6. imleftcoast - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Sutter is an enemy of PHT: “Don’t get too caught up in when somebody says you’re awful or if somebody says you’re great.”

    Keep it boring. That’s Sutter’s mantra. Except for those horrendous ties. He must be wearing those out of some superstition. They are 20 years out of date, and bright and ugly.

    • patthehockeyfan - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      PFT – Pro Fashion Talk

  7. pop562 - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Go Kings Go!!!!

  8. parasolmonster - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Meanwhile, Blomfeld convulses with anxiety in his mother’s basement, crafting the most perfect Pro Hockey Talk message board comment post that there has ever been.

  9. cybernetikghost - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    If this team has any sort of mental toughness, it’s because of Sutter.

  10. tas750 - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Yeah….where oh where has dickfor elvis boy bloomfeld gone?! Come on asshat this is perfect chirping time how “your” kings will overcome the mighty sharks.

  11. pantherpro - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Sharks will shut up the fickle small trendy King fan base. Sharks have sold out every game since day one and are reputed to be one of the best crowds in hockey. LA….. not so much. Time to head to the beach after tonight cause your little two game run is over! Cant wait to see that hand shake tonight with half the crowd already gone!


    • hrudey - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      Well, it’s hard to say anything to that. When it comes to ending a season with a disappointing handshake line, we’ve got to defer to the Sharks’ expertise there.

    • pirovash88 - Apr 28, 2014 at 6:15 PM

      Did you say that before the last game? Need some new material, bro?

    • shortsxit34 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:15 AM

      San Jose fills at 97.6% capacity on average, ranking them 15th. The Kings’ fill 107.6%, making them 3rd.

      So much for selling out every game since day one…

      Plus, what does the Kingss “little two game run” mean? Answer: That San Jose is on a two game losing streak. Well, it’s a “little three game run,” but whatever…

  12. sharksman - Apr 28, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Uh for the record sharks/kings have met 2 times (both winning one) soooooooo

  13. nvandy42 - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    The Wild did it twice in ’03

  14. blomfeld - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    *** at a cafe earlier today on the Champs-Élysées in Paris ***

    Blomfeld: doesn’t the Pentagon have more CCTV’s trained on it than any other building in the world ?

    Stransky: indeed it does … why are you asking this comrade ?

    Blomfeld: because if the American government can fool it’s own people so ‘shamelessly’ like that …

    Stransky: ah yes ! … then surely ‘we’ can fool a bunch of stupid tropical fish ! :)

    Waitress: Pourriez-vous des gentilshommes comme une autre boisson ?

    Blomfeld: Ce serait … agréable peut-être vous et Marie voudriez nous rejoindre ?

    Waitress: tee hee ! … évidemment camarade Blomfeld ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. pop562 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    Go Kings Go!!! Game 7 at the Shark tank and guess who has all the momentum? Kings blanked the sharks recently but it won’t be the same. This game 7 is for all hockey fans out there and it will be great, down to the wire!!!

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