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Kings show yet again they ‘don’t like to lose’

May 22, 2014, 12:02 AM EDT

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It was yet another comeback for the L.A. Kings.

They erased a 3-0 series deficit in a historic first-round victory over the San Jose Sharks, then staved off elimination in back-to-back contests against the Anaheim Ducks to win that second-round series in seven games.

And on Wednesday, trailing the Chicago Blackhawks 1-0 in the Western Conference Final, the Kings came roaring back from a two-goal deficit late in the second period to take Game 2 of the best-of-seven series by a final score of 6-2. L.A. scored six unanswered goals, five times in the third period, including twice on the power play and a hat trick from Jeff Carter.

Did we mention they got good goaltending from Jonathan Quick?

“I don’t know. I’ve said over and over that these guys don’t like to lose and I think it just translates throughout the team,” said Kings’ forward Tanner Pearson, as per LA Kings Insider.

“Everyone wants to move onto that next step and we’re doing everything we can to get that. And we’re fortunate enough to get a win in their building.”

So far in these playoffs, the Kings, Stanley Cup champs from two years ago, are the only team to beat the Blackhawks in their home confines of the United Center and its loud and energetic crowd. The loss ended Chicago’s winning streak on home ice in this post-season at seven games.

“Well, at some point they’re going to lose a game at home. They’re not going to win every [one]. The only difference tonight and last game – we probably played better in Game 1,” said Kings head coach Darryl Sutter, as per LA Kings Insider.

“The difference tonight was not goals for, it was goals against. You give up three against them, you’re in trouble.”

  1. canucks30 - May 22, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    The Kings don’t start playing until they are staring into the abyss.

    You can only get away with that for so long before it comes back to haunt you.

    • trbowman - May 22, 2014 at 12:19 AM

      One would think it would haunt them down 3-0 series – nope.

      This team is as mentally tough as any in the league. Great team to watch.

      Quick vs his childhood team in the final (Rangers). Quick vs Lundqvist. I can dig it. Sorry Chi-town fans, go LA.

    • bruceboudreauchokejob - May 22, 2014 at 12:28 AM

      they can get away with it as long as they play against teams I coach

    • joey4id - May 22, 2014 at 7:05 AM

      0 – 1 is hardly a look into the abyss after what they went through these playoffs. The script is playing out as expected. Lose the first one after a brutal 2 days after the a game 7, rest, and when game number 2.

    • scout202sport - May 22, 2014 at 10:10 AM

      The abyss? How is being down in game 2 the abyss? Kings are a good hockey team. If they play their game, I think they can beat anyone in the league in a playoff series.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 22, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Nobody likes to lose. Not even the Devil is that masochistic.

  3. blomfeld - May 22, 2014 at 1:27 AM

    As the most ‘intelligent’ person here at PHT already said …

    ‘it’s about a level playing field man” … comrade Joey

    *** special ‘victory’ video selection for Joey, Flugga, Namriverrat and friends ***

    • joey4id - May 22, 2014 at 7:09 AM

      Go Kings! Best of 5 with home ice advantage… not that the Kings care all that much about home ice. They just blew away the Hawks’ perfect playoff home record in these playoffs.

  4. 1harrypairatesties - May 22, 2014 at 3:19 AM

    blomfeld is a Blackhawks hater.
    blomfeld is a woman hater.

    He relentlessly made fun of a woman on this website just a few days ago.

    • scout202sport - May 22, 2014 at 10:11 AM

      Find me one man in the world who doesn’t hate at least one woman. Can’t be done

  5. aldog83 - May 22, 2014 at 4:04 AM


    I thought that we were looking at a “Carbon Copy” of last year with Chi-Town up 2-0 in 2nd.

    But the Kings (especially Carter) stepped up HUGE!

    If Carter Line plays like this ….and Richards & Williams grind out clutch goals…

    Toews line can wear out keeping up with Kopitar & Gaborik.

    Great Job!!!

    Win or Lose…PROUD to be a Kings Fan!!


  6. pop562 - May 22, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Go Kings Go!! Puck possession and big hits was key to the win.

  7. jkaflagg - May 22, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    It was kind of interesting that the NBC guys were moaning about how poorly the Kings were playing, and how they needed to show more emotion…..Sort of ignores the team’s strength as a workman-like team that doesn’t fall apart after a bad game or a tough period; they simply keep working and wait for something to happen. Quick and Doughty occasionally act out a bit when things go wrong, but in general they just play on….Maybe if somebody threw a water bottle at Engblom they would say “NOW they’re getting back into the game”…..

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