Their team was in a position to sweep the New Jersey Devils and win the team’s first Stanley Cup. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to get the job done. Disappointing? Yes. But don’t fret, Kings fans. They’ve got this. And here’s why:
- These Finals mark the third time in the postseason where the Kings have been up 3-1 in a best-of-seven series. And, since they’re playing in the championship, you obviously know that they wound up winning those two previous series.
- They’re playing in the Final and they’ve only lost three games in the postseason. Their 15-3 record is pretty damn impressive — one of the best runs in NHL history, in fact.
- They’re undefeated on the road in the playoffs. Think about that. That’s huge. They’ve won 10 straight road games, and are going to be back in Jersey on Saturday for Game 5. Can you say, 11 straight for the league record?
- Their power play has been improving. Before, it was actually better for them to be on the PK than the PP, proved by their five shorthanded goals in the postseason. The Kings were 9-for-83 on the PP (10.8 percent — yeesh!), but they’re finally starting to convert on the man advantage. In their last two games, they’ve gone 3-for-7; not fantastic numbers, but improved ones.
- Jonathan Quick is no joke. He’s given up four goals in this series. Four. And he has three shutouts in the playoffs, including one against the Devils. He brought this team to the postseason, and he’s going to bring them to the ultimate prize. It’s just a matter of bearing down and putting together that complete effort for the fourth and final win.
Look at this team. Look at the depth of the offense, look at the strength of the defense, and look at the brilliance of the goaltending. There’s a reason why the Kings have practically breezed through the postseason, and why they’re just one win away from raising the Cup.
So have faith, Kings fans. Your team will come through for you.