Just how resilient are the Los Angeles Kings? So much so that they have arguably no equal in the history of the league.
Going into the Stanley Cup Final, they were already one of just four teams to ever overcome a 3-0 series deficit and the first team to advance to the finals after playing in the maximum 21 games over the first three rounds.
They added to that list of accomplishments last night when they, for the first time in NHL history, overcame a two-goal deficit for the third straight playoff game, per LA Kings Insider.
On top of that, they’re the first team to have 2-0 series edge in the Stanley Cup Final without holding a lead at any point during either game before its conclusion. They’re just the second squad to do that during any two-game stretch in the finals (the others being the 1951 Montreal Canadiens).
Incidentally, you’d have to go back to Game 6 of the Western Conference Final to find the last time the team had the lead. Their drought, and the term is used loosely given the results, has lasted 229:15 minutes.
Will they finally take a lead before the conclusion of a contest in Game 3 on Monday? If they do, will the Rangers be able to give them a taste of their own medicine, or will it simply add to New York’s woes?
Lower-level defense is not the biggest of many worries for the Boston Bruins, yet it might be another in a series of headaches.
CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty points out that Joe Morrow has been placed on IR while AHL stalwart Tommy Cross was called up.
With a -3 rating and negligible offensive impact so far, few will really be missing Morrow (pictured). From the way Haggerty describes Cross, it’s a pretty cool story if he gets into the lineup:
Cross was named captain of the Providence Bruins this season, and actually had a strong training camp as the hard-hitting, tough stay-at-home defenseman he’s developed into during his five years in the B’s minor league system. The 2007 second round pick was a highly regarded potential puck-moving defenseman when he was drafted prior to his Boston College career, but a series of knee injuries negated some of his speed and puck-moving capabilities.
Granted, the Bruins would prefer a sure-thing improvement over a feel-good story right now, as this 0-3-0 start marks their worst beginning in some time.
Injuries have been an issue in general, too, with Zdeno Chara‘s slow start mixed with Dennis Seidenberg on the mend and Brad Marchand in limbo.
The Bruins’ next game comes against the Avalanche in Colorado. Maybe they’ll start to mend things on the ice?
Mike Babcock’s reign with the Detroit Red Wings ended in another first-round defeat, yet it may be lost in time just how close that series was.
Yes, the Tampa Bay Lightning shut down the Red Wings to win Game 7 at home, but Ben Bishop deserves a ton of the credit. The Red Wings snagged the puck for much of the contest, just not enough to beat the big goalie.
While change is in the air in Detroit, the Bolts are largely the same squad that generated a nice showing in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. We’ll get to see if the Red Wings gain a measure of revenge on NBCSN tonight, with home-ice advantage this time around.