The fork in the road where the
They parted ways with Coach Terry Murray, strapped in and hopped aboard the
This particular campaign, placing the Kings within two games of winning another Stanley Cup championship, featured multiple defining moments, no lone Murray moment. Perhaps the biggest one of many came the last time the Kings played in the New York metro area, in November.
Not only did the Kings survive without their all-world goaltender, immediately after his injury, they swept all three New York/New Jersey-based teams, beating the
The Rangers' game, a 1-0 victory, was on Nov. 17 at
They would go on to allow the fewest goals in the
They're like a dramatic actor turning into a comedian without warning. It's been fascinating and wildly entertaining. More so, it's been … well, un-Kings like.
"Are we playing good or are we not?" Kings center
This was on Saturday after the Rangers had leads of two goals three times. Game 3 is Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
"Don't get me wrong, we did a lot of good things to come back," Stoll said. "Down 2-0, down 4-2. ... It's just how we're playing. We've got to be honest with how we're playing. We know we got more."
That thread of straight talk continued when the Kings reached New York on Sunday after a cross-country flight. Kings forward
"Between the second and third [period] last night, we said, 'We're going to have win this game, 5-4, now,' " Williams said. "That's not like us usually, but it seems to be what we have to do. Whatever we have to do to win is what we're going to do.
"If we have to win 1-0 with an overtime victory, sure. If we have to score five goals to win a game, sure."
Williams won a Stanley Cup with the
"It had a similar type feel whereas you never feel you're out of it," he said. "Earlier on, especially this year when we've had trouble scoring goals, sometimes you might have felt like that. Now we feel that anything's possible out there.
"You get down two goals, doesn't matter. You get down three, I don't care. We're going to keep pushing. And the term '60-minutes plus' certainly applies."
Kings Coach Darryl Sutter said the Garden was the "best" of the old-time buildings.
"I've been coming to Madison Square Garden for 30-some years," Sutter said. "I know it's been refurbished, but the fans are still the same. They love their team and they hate the other team. That's what you like. You like going into buildings that are like that. They're loud, they say they hate you, all those things, it's good."
Said Rangers Coach Alain Vigneault: "We need to hold serve. We're back in our building. We've played some good hockey. We might feel that we deserve a better outcome than what we have right now, which is trailing by two games. But it doesn't matter."
Vigneault split playoff series with the Kings when he coached the