Did anyone truly think that the
Of course not.
And so, one of the more entertaining playoff battles in recent years will continue on for a few more days, drifting into early June.
The deciding game became required when Chicago scored twice in the final 8:26 to erase a one-goal lead and wrested Game 6 from the Kings, 4-3, on Friday night at Staples Center.
Step up, Game 7.
Not only have the Kings been down this road this postseason, the path is well-worn. This will be their third road Game 7, following previous adventures at San Jose in the first round and at Anaheim in the second. They are the lone team to beat the Blackhawks at
"Both teams are competing like hell in those areas," Kings Coach
The Kings once led three games to one in the series and it is now tied at three games each, with Game 7 on Sunday in Chicago. The Kings aren't the only Houdini-like team in the postseason. Last year, Chicago rallied from a 3-1 series deficit against the
It's almost as though the Kings have found their spiritual match in the Blackhawks. Kings defenseman
Then Kane took over.
He had one assist in the first four games and has collected seven points in the last two. Kane said in his TV interview after the game that he had to make amends for having been on the ice for two earlier goals by the Kings. On the game-winner, he took a drop pass from linemate
"There were some great plays in the third period by a lot of great players. Kane made a couple," Sutter said. "Keith made one. Drew made a couple."
Still, Doughty wasn't jumping on the Kane Express.
"You know what, yeah, last game he got four assists, but I didn't think it was like he dominated the game," he said. "The stat sheet tells a different story than the actual game."
"I think it was what we allowed 88 to do in the third period," Brown said, noting Kane's number. "You give him time and space and he's going to make plays and that's what he did. So that's on us. We've got to limit his time and space. The last two games, we've backed off of him and allowed him time with the puck."
The teams have displayed similar character. Chicago dethroned the Kings last spring and hasn't been willing to go quietly into the night this time.
"I don't think anything motivates you like having your back against the wall," said center
"We worked very hard to get here and you don't want to let it just slip away. We thought about that the last few days and worked very hard to get back in this series. We have a chance to stay alive and keep playing hockey for a little while longer."
"It's obviously what's happened this playoff season," he said. "Those are different rounds, different teams, different buildings. We understand that. We understand we've got to have our best game to win this series."