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Kings’ Williams: ‘We’re using all our lifelines’

May 31, 2014, 10:15 PM EDT

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What is it about the L.A. Kings and playing in Game 7s in these Stanley Cup playoffs?

For the third time this post-season, the Kings will be play in a series pushed to a deciding seventh game. They dispatched the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks in the opening two rounds. Now standing in the way of a berth in the Stanley Cup Final is the defending Stanley Cup championship team, the Chicago Blackhawks.

According to the NHL, the Kings are only the third team in the league’s history to play all 21 possible games through three rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs since all four rounds went to the best-of-seven format in 1987.

The Blackhawks trailed 3-1 in the series, but have since rallied to force a Game 7 on Sunday thanks to their victory over the Kings on Friday.

“If we have to play 28 games this year to win, that’s what we have to do. We’re using all our lifelines so far. We plan on getting the job done yet again,” Kings forward Justin Williams told reporters.

“I think most guys on our team treat Game 7s as an opportunity, an opportunity to do something special, an opportunity to prove yourself, an opportunity to advance and get the better of a team that you battled with for six games. It’s going to be no different tomorrow. We obviously have a huge bone to pick with them. We’re going to leave it all out there because there’s no more after that.”

When it comes to elimination games, both the Blackhawks and Kings have been clutch – to the point where they’re almost unbeatable.

The Kings are so far 6-0 in these playoffs when facing elimination. Apart from their experiences in Game 7s this year, they have a number of players who have been in similar situations throughout the course of their careers.

Take the aforementioned Williams for example. Williams is 6-0 in Game 7s, as are Marian Gaborik and Mike Richards, according to the NHL. In those six games, Williams has six goals and 12 points.

He came up big again when the Kings ousted the Ducks in the final game of the second round.

“I just think what it does, it can take you away from the anxiety. I don’t look even look at it like it’s Game 7. I look at it we have to do everything we can do to beat Chicago, just like last night, just like the night before,” said Kings head coach Darryl Sutter.

  1. blomfeld - May 31, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    “What is it about the L.A. Kings and playing in Game 7s in these Stanley Cup playoffs?”

    Answer: it’s simple Tucker … ‘HE’ is on our side !


    Friends, like many of you I’m sure, today was ‘not’ a good day for me. The painful ‘sting’ of defeat last night is only ‘now’ starting to abate, such was my upset at what transpired and what could have been last night. Nonetheless, tomorrow night we’ll be afforded one ‘final’ chance to do that which needs to be done … and God willing we will ! All of our collective hopes, aspirations and dreams will be be on the line, as we LA Kings will seek redemption and ‘glorious’ victory over the mid-western heathens who ‘furtively’ derailed our enterprise almost a year ago to the day. So stay true friends, keep your formations ‘tight’ and don’t ever forget that ‘ours’ is the greatest hockey team ever assembled ! … or that ‘he’ is on our side :)

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

    • kaptaanamerica - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:12 AM

      God bless America, and God bless the L.A.Kings!

      @flying Swede, I’m glad I’m not the only one noticing twinkle TOES isn’t everything that hawks fans would have us believe he is…

      • toews19 - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:08 AM

        Jonathan Toews is easily one of the best players and leaders in the game on and off the ice. Have you even seen him play at all? I don’t know where you’re coming from with that but it can’t be from any planet I live on.

      • slysipops - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:34 PM

        go back to your comic books troll !

    • slysipops - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      some food for thought ….BLOMS ……. MAY THE BEST TEAM WIN !……

    • constantrevolution1 - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      • slysipops - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        how about wiki don’t like it don’t look ?

      • constantrevolution1 - Jun 2, 2014 at 1:00 AM

        Just trying give the dude (you and many online personalities) some help with the basic grammar most of us learned in grade school.

    • slysipops - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:53 PM

  2. flyingswede - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    Well at least the calls should even out on this game , the league can’t prolong the series any longer. Twinkle Toews might actually stay on his skates when he get a little tap. Nothing better than watching the Hawks go down on their home ice game 7.

    • trueblue2000 - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:23 AM

      Give me a break–LA is lucky to even be here. Quit moaning about bad calls–happens to everyone. Quick is crumbling–team is doubting themselves. Against a physical team–like the Rangers–they won’t survive. Chicago plays more the finese game–and much better–and they will win now that their skaters are executing. But Rangers’ speed, D, ability to win tight games and road games should make them champions. Chicago vs. NY will be a better series. (Pardon any typos.)

      • pirovash88 - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:46 AM

        You mean pardon your comment?

    • toews19 - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      Did you see “Twinkle Toes” in the double overtime game? He got tripped by Kopitar but didn’t even look at the ref for a call. He just kept on playing. Actually have some knowledge on what you’re talking about before you post.

  3. patthehockeyfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 7:55 AM


  4. polegojim - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Let’s admit it, the Hawks balls finally dropped in game 5. Before that, they looked like boys on the ice.

    They looked done!

    Now, the Hawks skill is out performing the Kings, who are trying to ‘intimidate’, because they’re not equal.

    GO Hawks!

  5. jhuck92 - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    The Kings must be running on fumes

    • slysipops - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      do you mean like nervous stomach gas ?

      • comeonnowguys - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:20 PM

        I think everyone reading this is running on that.

  6. flyingswede - Jun 1, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Hey twinkle 19 toes, look at the beginning of that game Toes dived when Doughty’s stick touched his thigh, and if course he won’t look at the ref, not a great chance if getting a call when you look for it.

    • slysipops - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      take it slow and edit your comment……….. oh, and your thoughts also !

    • toews19 - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      Thats “TwinkleToes19” to you buddy
      Go Hawks!

  7. slysipops - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    KINGS FANS thoughts put to a song ?? MAYBE ………..

    • slysipops - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      OR MAYBE ……….

  8. slysipops - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:03 PM


    • slysipops - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:07 PM

      FANS ( oops 4th word ) !

  9. slysipops - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    some food for thought ………………….

  10. slysipops - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    seriously KINGS FANS, hope the game is as good as all the rest have been and that it is decided by the players and not a bad call by an official ! may we all enjoy it ! i really feel whoever wins this game IS the favorite to win the CUP !

    • kaptaanamerica - Jun 1, 2014 at 6:24 PM

      and on that note, GKG and beat twinkle toes and company

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