NEWARK, N.J. – The Los Angeles Kings aren't dead. It just seems that way.
For two months they waltzed through Vancouver and St. Louis and Phoenix and almost all of New Jersey, writing an outrageous script that winning the Stanley Cup was going to be easy. Of course it never was going to be, but when they made it look so, well, we started to believe it – started to talk about this team in the highest of regards. Like Wayne Gretzky/Mark Messier/Jari Kurri regards.
So now that the Kings have lost two straight in the Stanley Cup Final, allowing the New Jersey Devils to stick around a few more days, the pendulum has swung and the Kings are suddenly a desperate team on the ropes heading back to Los Angeles for a Game 6 they absolutely have to win, right?
The reality is somewhere in between.
This series was never the blowout it appeared to be even when the Kings held a 3-0 series lead. New Jersey could have won either – or both – of the first two games had they not hit a crossbarRead More »from Kings fail to close the deal as intrigue increases in Stanley Cup Final