The last thing Anaheim wanted to do is draw comparisons to Game 7 against Los Angeles last year when the Ducks, in the words of coach Bruce Boudreau, were “nervous Nellies” and ultimately lost 6-2.
Nevertheless, Anaheim has found itself in a similar position in the deciding contest of the Western Conference Final, but this time it was largely due to the efforts of Jonathan Toews. After the Blackhawks captain got Chicago on the board early, he followed it up with a top-shelf, power-play marker midway through the frame:
As long as we’re talking about the Kings though, Chicago had a 2-0 lead against Los Angeles in Game 7 of the 2014 Western Conference Final and ultimately lost that game. Obviously Chicago has had a lot of key games go its way as well in recent years, but one thing remains true: Two goal leads aren’t safe.
Anaheim is down, but not out yet.