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Kings’ comeback streak reaches historic levels

Jun 8, 2014, 4:08 PM EDT

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Just how resilient are the Los Angeles Kings? So much so that they have arguably no equal in the history of the league.

Going into the Stanley Cup Final, they were already one of just four teams to ever overcome a 3-0 series deficit and the first team to advance to the finals after playing in the maximum 21 games over the first three rounds.

They added to that list of accomplishments last night when they, for the first time in NHL history, overcame a two-goal deficit for the third straight playoff game, per LA Kings Insider.

On top of that, they’re the first team to have 2-0 series edge in the Stanley Cup Final without holding a lead at any point during either game before its conclusion. They’re just the second squad to do that during any two-game stretch in the finals (the others being the 1951 Montreal Canadiens).

Incidentally, you’d have to go back to Game 6 of the Western Conference Final to find the last time the team had the lead. Their drought, and the term is used loosely given the results, has lasted 229:15 minutes.

Will they finally take a lead before the conclusion of a contest in Game 3 on Monday? If they do, will the Rangers be able to give them a taste of their own medicine, or will it simply add to New York’s woes?

  1. nightfireop - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    the series numbers can be a bit deceptive, fact of the matter is the rangers and kings are such an equal; just 2 games and both needed overtime to determine a winner. regardless of the outcome, this is a match of the ages.

  2. vipod4ever - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    40 plus yrs of watching the NHL playoffs, and these LA Kings have the biggest “pair” I’ve ever seen. Btw, this high scoring playoffs reminds of the ’80’s, it’s been fun to watch.

  3. hawkeytown - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    The long & short of it…it’s the Kings year. Absolutely amazed at how they’ve accomplished this run. Hats off to them. BTW, anyone else think justin williams May end up with the Conn Smythe?? BEASTMODE

  4. hockeyfan117 - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    I’d rather be lucky then good any day. How else can you explain a team the is up 2 up despite never having a lead. Add in they never lead in game 7 and then advance on a puck that hits a Blackhawks players shoulder after they score a tip in above the crossbar and another 2nd goal where their player is off sides its completely laughable at this point. This is just their year!

    Next thing we will find out their players find a trunk filled with a million dollars or something crazy. I hope they win in 4 or loss in 7, that would be Karma!

  5. blomfeld - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    “They broke an NHL record last night” …

    Comrade sports journalist Dadoun … allow me to resubmit some ‘earlier’ offered testimony here at PHT, if you please …

    ______________________________________________________________

    blomfeld – Mar 29, 2014 at 2:16 AM

    Question: What is going on with the Chicago Blackhawks?

    Answer: “these rustics are so inept … it almost takes the honor out of victory”

    __________________________________________________________

    *** this message is for fans of the ‘glorious’ SC Champion LA Kings only ***

    Another night and another round of losses by these so-called WC powerhouses like Chicago and Anaheim … and like we were ever worried eh ? The bottom line friends is that as the hour of ‘true’ battle now fast approaches, these pretenders and wannabes are starting to fall by the wayside faster than a bunch of rats fleeing from a sinking ship ! As you know, in previous testimony here at PHT going back as far as last September, I ‘personally’ proclaimed that we Kings would be returning to the ‘high ground’ come this spring to reclaim that which is ours. Yes sir ! And now as God is my witness, that is ‘exactly’ what is coming to be ! Of course we don’t know yet who it is that we’ll be facing ‘up there’ where heroes are made and legends are born. However that’s completely immaterial, as ‘ours’ is an enterprise driven not only by superior skill, conviction and aplomb, but more importantly, by supreme righteousness and divine providence !

    “a King’s army is on the way which will neither ‘accept’ nor ‘grant’ any quarter” …

    GO KINGS GO !!!! … AND ‘MAKE READY’ IF YOU PLEASE !!! :) :) :)

    • mattzachary2014 - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:12 AM

      You never wavered. You believed and stayed true to your glorious Kings.

  6. aldog83 - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:14 AM

    amazing.

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