Game 7 on the road? Nothing new for Kings
JUN 01, 2014 3:09a ET
CHICAGO -- Here the Kings are once again, about to enter a Game 7.
It's an old storyline at this point as the Kings have already won two Game 7s this postseason, both on the road. The numbers are good, the history is good.
But so are the Chicago Blackhawks.
Lots of people are ready to count Los Angeles out in the Western Conference Finals. They lost a lead in the series against the defending Stanley Cup Champions and the manner in which they did -- blowing two third-period leads -- leaves many saying the Kings have run out of gas. The "pressure" is all on the Kings.
"Well, there really was a lot of talk about that," said Kings head coach Darryl Sutter. "To be quite honest, that was a bunch of BS."
The Chicago media is renouncing Patrick Kane -- the same player who was held to zero points through the first three games -- as the city's newest sports star, with one columnist even going so far as to call him "Jordanesque."
"He has four one night, gets highlighted. If he had nothing last night, then it would have been the same question again," Sutter said. "I'm not interested in talking about Patrick Kane. Patrick Kane is going to get his points tomorrow night, too. I'd be more interested in some of our players that are supposed to be close to Patrick Kane, why they haven't got anything in this series."
It's almost as if everyone forgot how the Kings jumped out to 3-1 series lead on the team that knocked them out of the postseason last year. The manor in which L.A. won three games and lost three games was impressive, beating up on one of the league's most dangerous teams and losing in dramatic double-overtime fashion. It's been a tremendous series all culminating in the one game everyone wanted to see.
Yet it almost seems as if all the odds are stacked against the Kings. Lucky for them, they typically rise to the occasion.
"I think most guys on our team treat Game 7s as an opportunity," said Kings forward Justin Williams. "An opportunity to do something special, an opportunity to prove yourself, an opportunity to advance and get the better of a team that you battled with for six games.
It's going to be no different tomorrow.
"We obviously have a huge bone to pick with them. We're going to leave it all out there because there's no more after that."
No one has made the most of Game 7 opportunities more than Williams. In six career Game 7s, he has six goals and six assists. Even more important, he's 6-0 and so are the Kings since he's been in L.A.
"We've had a lot of guys with success in Game 7s, it's not just me," Williams said. "It's very humbling, I guess, that everyone seems to want an interview on a Game 7. At the end of the day, I feel if I didn't get the point, someone else on our team would have and we would win those games regardless."
All time, the Kings are 6-4 and prior to this season, they had won only two Game 7s on the road, in 1969 and 1993, but they've already matched that number this postseason. Only one other team has ever won a conference final round after trailing 3-1 in the series (New Jersey, 2000).
Gaborik is also a perfect 6-0 and Sutter is 6-3. A seventh win would be a record.
It's been a postseason full of record breaking, so why not one more? The numbers favor the Kings even if the talking heads don't.
"It's fun to be part of that," said Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell. "The big roar you're looking for is the ultimate at the end of it, and that's what we're going to look to do."