Last night, I broke out and held the black jersey with the Scribe on the back and proud number 9.

I put it back on the rack.

That jersey won big in San Jose for game 2 but lost badly in games 3 and 4 at home. Tonight, we’re at home.

I picked it up again. I cursed Surly. I am not superstitious. He is. I held the black jersey in my right hand and stared at it.

I reached and picked up with my left hand the old silver and black Chevy logo one from the Gretzky years. We went to the Cup in that one. I put the Scribe jersey back.

We lost the Cup with the silver and black.

I put it away.

Maybe I will skip the jersey, I pondered. That is stupid, I retorted. I am not superstitious and my jersey does not impact the game. I heard Surly’s laughter in my head, that self-assured enjoying himself at my dilemma kind of laughter.

I picked up the Scribe jersey. I cursed Surly again. I am not superstitious.

I grabbed my black LA Kings’ hat, the same one I wore backward during game two in San Jose and will wear again tonight…backward.

Quisp, one of my favorite LA Kings’ bloggers, is implicitly guaranteeing an LA Kings’ win tonight. Check it out for yourself. That’s how I read it. Thus, we win and he gets his share of the credit. We lose and you all know it was my fault for wearing the black jersey.

Terry Murray told Hammond that he was unconcerned about the 52 shots on goal against Jonathan Quick because it’s the quality of the shots that matter. Here is our coach’s quote.

MURRAY: I don’t even look at the 52 shots very long. I know it was there, but it’s not a number that I’m concerned about. We always break those numbers down to smaller areas. It’s the grade-A quality chances that are the ones that I really focus in on. That number was not too bad. Quick was called on to play very well. The plays that were inside of home plate were, you’re probably look at 12 to 15, maybe 15. That number is a little high from what our average is over the course of the year, but when you’re looking at a powerhouse of a team like that, and the number of power plays that they had, the number was not too bad.

If the number of shots don’t merit concern on the defensive side of it and Grade A scoring chances are the focus on defense, then why is shot mentality and the number of shots we throw at the net the highest priority on offense? Shouldn’t the same Grade A scoring opportunities be the priority? I agree with Murray and his quote about the philosophy on defense. I am struggling to reconcile it.

Brad Richardson said it best. He told Helene Elliot:

We won our last game. They have a lot of pressure on them. They’re the ones that are supposed to win this series.

That is exactly right and what I have told every fellow fan from the start of this series, except  during game 5 where I became temporarily insane. The pressure is on them, not us.

I am bringing a Ducks’ fan to the game tonight. He is a dear friend and supports the Kings with zeal so long as they are not playing the Wild (his number 1 team, as he hails from Wisconsin) and the Ducks (his second team solely via geography and not knowing me years ago). We have a solid record with him at games and he will be wearing the Johnson 3 jersey I got him for his birthday.

That should counteract any harm the Scribe jersey may cause.

I am not superstitious.