When the San Jose Sharks were up 3-2 in the Western Conference quarterfinals, it appears at least one person hadn’t given up on the Los Angeles Kings’ shot at the Stanley Cup. And unlike many fans whose loyalty can only be judged by their word, one man has the cash the prove it.
That’s Ryan Totka, who according to a Twitter photo, bet $500 on the Kings not only winning the series but the whole kit and caboodle when LA had its back against the wall vs. the rival Sharks in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
And after the Kings won the Cup Friday, Totka’s April 28 bet paid $14,500.
Besides a hunch that the 2012 Cup champs would go on a postseason run, Totka reportedly felt compelled to put down the money in part because of his confidence in goalie Jonathan Quick and sniper Marian Gaborik.
“Had one of those feelings that Quick would play lights out and with adding Gaborik it gave them another big scorer" he told Yahoo’s Puck Daddy. "But it was their role players that really stepped up.”
The Kings had done little to instill confidence at the start of the playoffs, dropping the first three games of the opening-round series to the Sharks. Quick struggled to the tune of a 5.33 goals against average and an .849 save percentage during that initial span. Midseason acquisition Gaborik had one goal.
But even as the Kings started to turn things around in the next two games — with Gaborik recording 3 points and Quick posting a shutout in Game 5 — Totka had the foresight many didn’t (hence the 28-1 odds). And, man, does he look like a genius now.