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Stoll relieved series’ over, because Kings were out of gas

Jun 14, 2014, 2:12 AM EDT

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Had you asked Jarret Stoll Friday morning if the Kings were running out of energy going into their 26th game of the playoffs, he probably would have dutifully told you that it’s not a factor. Now that the series is in the books, he admitted that he’s relieved the series didn’t go any deeper because Los Angeles was out of gas, according to ESPN and TSN’s Pierre LeBrun.

Unlike their 2012 championship, this year was a grind for the Kings. They were the first team to ever advance to the Stanley Cup Final after playing in the maximum 21 games over the first three rounds. On top of that, three of the five games of the Stanley Cup Final went to overtime with two of them extending to double-OT.

That’s following two long playoff runs in 2012 and 2013. In total, Los Angeles has now played in 64 playoff games over the last three years, which is a new NHL record, per CBC.

The issue of fatigue is often brought up when talking about a defending Stanley Cup champion and the Kings are particularly vulnerable to that problem. Though, they don’t have to worry about it yet. For now they can just be happy that it’s over and their resolve won’t be further tested with a Game 6 in New York.

  1. aldog83 - Jun 14, 2014 at 3:01 AM

    AMAZING!

    What a ride!

    Win or Lose Proud to be a Kings Fan!

    Thanks Guys!

    Last 5 years have been great!
    (Watching the playoff defeats to Vancouver and SJ in 2010 and 2011 you could see this team was improving)

    Last 3 years….

    Beyond our wildest dreams!

    Great Job Lombardi!

    GKG!!!

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:58 AM

      The KINGS look better on an empty tank than the FLYERS look on a full tank of premium ! I really am happy for the KINGS you know why,,,, they are great to watch, they play hockey hear me they play hockey and in my opinion don’t play a system hockey it is great to see a team that just plays hockey win hockey’s greatest prize ! All you KINGS fans should really be proud of a great great hockey team !

  2. islander75 - Jun 14, 2014 at 5:07 AM

    without that ridicolous call that led to gaborik’s gametying goal we would have a game 6 on monday. and don’t forget that terrible non-call in game 2…

    wouldn’t wanna say the kings did not play damn good. they did, indeed. and they deserve to win the cup as much as the rangers would have deserved if the right calls were made at crucial times.

    reminds me on the series against the devils were the refs totalky favoured the kings for whatever reason.

    • hrudey - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:35 AM

      Or the Kings still would have found a way to win. When the King goal was allowed, the Rangers still had a third period lead. When Zuccarello got called for tripping, the Rangers had a third period lead. They got two power plays in OT. If they were going to be champions, they need to hold those leads, and they need to win crunch time, not get outscored 6-0 for the series in the third period and OT.

      If the referees were truly biased, the Kings would have gotten the power plays in OT. The play when Carter was slashed on the breakaway in game 3 or 4 (don’t remember) would have been called. Doughty wouldn’t have been called for a dive in game one when he got pushed down. The officiating was far from good, but it wasn’t biased.

    • cybernetikghost - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      Loser mentality = finding a way to blame things on the refs.

      Bad calls go both ways. One could argue that Rangers should score with a wide open net on one of their power plays in OT.

    • tmbtrumpet - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      Hey fishsticks, remind me of something. Did the Rangers not get 2 power plays in OT, a time when refs are supposed to swallow their whistles? I seem to recall seeing Voynov & Clifford sitting in the box during OT…. And that boarding call on Clifford was about as questionable as can be.
      STFU

    • johnmr12 - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:45 AM

      I guess the nhl hates teams from the east. lol I can’t even type that without laughing.

  3. mdrew75 - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    Agree with Islander… Kings are a championship team and played hard- but this was a much closer series than a 4-1. Those two horrid calls/non-calls ruined what could have been a classic 6 or 7 game series. Congrats to a great team- but the Rangers were great too and deserved a little better.

    • rocoop - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      Rangers were 0-3 in OT games partner…..

  4. sportsnut101 - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    Im not a hockey fan
    But both teams played one hell of a series
    Rangers played them better then any1 i think

  5. 950003cups - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    That was a fun OT

  6. mz1394 - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    He’s banging erin Andrews …. Enough said

  7. bills4 - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Exactly hrudey, you nailed it on the head. If you pick it all apart, you’ll find whatever you what to convince yourself this was biased reffing but the fact remains the Rangers were simply not good enough. The Rangers only outshot the Kings in 1 game. The last 2 games, the Kings doubled the Rangers shot totals. Lundquist was amazing and that is the only reason this went 5. He was Conn Smythe worthy! The Kings dominated.

  8. blomfeld - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    “THEY MARCHED THROUGH CALIFORNIA” … Gary Bettman

    What a wonderful night filled with so many wonderful moments that we Kings will ‘forever’ remember ! Anyway, while our fuel gauge needles may have been on ‘E’ last night, today I can assure you that our hearts are on ‘F’ brimming with joy and pride ! What a ‘wild & thrilling’ ride this year and what a way to win it all in the end ! :)

    Thank you Jonathan & friends, thank you very much !

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

  9. ocgunslinger - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Ranger and Blackhawk teams are excellent teams…they just ran up against another excellent team that found a way to win close games. Congratulations to them all for providing fabulous season ending series.

  10. sticks169 - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    “Thankfully the officials wanted us to win too!” Quoted all of the Kings.

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