By Rich Hammond | LAKingsInsider.com
Unfortunately, this will sound like chastising — and, even worse, chastising with hindsight — but perhaps now fans and media types can take a deep breath and stop talking about the Kings’ “record-setting’’ run, about championship parade routes and whose name will be on the Stanley Cup. The NHL didn’t change its postseason rules this week. It still takes four wins, not three, to win the Stanley Cup, and three wins don’t guarantee a fourth. Those who were printing invitations to the coronation over the past couple days must have quickly forgotten the first two games of this series, the games in which the New Jersey Devils played the Kings even for three periods each time, and were one decent break away from winning each game.
I certainly wouldn’t lump ‘media’ and fans together in any kind of cart/horse analogy. Kings fans I know all knew a loss was possible but, at the same time, wanted to enjoy the incredible moment in history that last night offered.
I don’t blame any of you for thinking the Kings would do it in 4. They found a way to astonish us time and time again this postseason so there was no reason be believe they couldn’t do it again.
The moment proved too much for our boys but we fans had many years of built up anticipation heading into that game and you all deserved to believe it would culminate in a Cup victory here at home for the first time ever. In that regard, it was a fantastic event, but one that left us ultimately disappointed.
On the bright side, now Kings fans have three more chances to believe.
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