Dungeons and dragons?
For the Kings, at least captain
Then came an inspirational group session after the second period. The Kings would go on to score five third-period goals, including two on the power play to seize hold and win Game 2 of the
Talk about fighting their way out of the
It's a most-intimidating, imposing and loud arena. In fact, the reigning
"I think this is a huge game for our approach, our psyche," Brown said. "Kind of like slaying the mythical dragon. We've been dominated by this team over the last couple of years. To come in here and get a win in their building with the type of home record they have gives us a boost in confidence."
Twelve Kings figured in the scoring —
That gave the Kings more than a flicker of hope for the third. Kings Coach
"It was all us in here," Kings center
"We knew at this stage of the series, it was the biggest period of the series. We needed to come out and win the game."
Said Brown: "It was unusual — but there was a lot of chatter about positive energy, that was probably the best way to explain it. It was just about having a response and staying positive."
The response was the very definition of scoring balance. The veterans led the way early (Williams, Richards and Carter) and the kids (Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli) took over later with their speed and chemistry. Pearson had assists on the Kings' fourth and fifth goals; the first set up Toffoli and the second contributed to Carter's second goal.
"These guys know how to win and it just transfers throughout the lineup," Pearson said. "Especially to us young guys. Most of these guys were here when they won the Cup so they know what's at stake."
Still the explosive third period may not have unfolded had Kings goalie
Afterward, Quick downplayed the save, saying he was "fortunate to get a piece of it." Seconds later, Carter did the same about his three goals: "I didn't really have to do too much for them."
There was the save and the hat trick, but the big picture was the most important thing on a night the Kings finally dented the home perfection of the Blackhawks.