Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/03/12 at 04:01 PM ET
from Chris Johnston of the CP at the Globe and Mail,
The championship series is shifting across the continent to Staples Center and the Kings have a chance to wrap it up on home ice. The eighth-seeded team in the Western Conference has gone an amazing 14-2 in these playoffs, leaving many of their fans with the feeling that the first championship in franchise history is only days away.
A headline in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times read “Wow and again” while a host on the local KTLA morning news offered a bold prediction: “I think we’re going to have a parade by Friday.” That means she was projecting victories in Monday’s Game 3 and Wednesday’s Game 4 for a four-game sweep.
Of course, the Kings players will do all they can to distance themselves from that kind of talk.
“I think we have to reset, refocus,” defenceman Drew Doughty said after Saturday’s Game 2 victory. “We have to go back to L.A. as if the series is just starting. We have home-ice advantage and have to take the first two at home.”
There’s no denying how commanding their position is. Of the last six Stanley Cup finals that began with the road team winning the opening two games, five ended in sweeps. The other was over in five games.
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