Monday, June 9, 2014
LA Kings: Lose a Battle, Win the War
I am a Chicago Blackhawks fan, and it was disappointing to watch them lose a tightly-fought series with the Los Angeles Kings. It went seven games, and needed overtime to decide the winner. So just one goal separated them, just one goal between another Stanley Cup Final and summer rounds of golf. Not to worry, though, I love hockey, and was glad to watch the SCF.
The Kings have proven themselves to be an inspired, resilient team throughout the playoffs, winning three Game 7s on the road. In the SCF Game 1, the New York Rangers found that out first hand, in rather rude fashion, as they staked out a fast 2-0 lead in the first period, including a short-handed goal. The Kings methodically turned the tide, mainly by superb checking in all three zones and amazing opportunistic play. They will not score a goal every single time, of course, and they will give up a lot of scoring chances themselves. But when push comes to shove, they clearly have the toughness to lose a battle, but ultimately the resolve to win the war.
The SCF is far from over, but the Kings are looking mighty good so far.