It wasn’t a perfect game. We were outplayed for parts of it. We didn’t dominate. What we did was never pause, never invite them back in and, just as important, never play like a team scared to win. Compare the L.A. Kings team in these playoffs to the last two and what I see is a team that looks and plays like it belongs here and is serious about winning.

Am I excited? A little. 2-0 was earned, not gifted. Vancouver played its ass off tonight and lost 4-2. But I won’t be tomorrow. I won’t be because there is a lot of work to be done. It’s not about playing well in the first round. It’s about winning the Stanley Cup. That’s why we’re here. That’s why we fucking earned the right to be here. There is no future. Only now. Only playoffs. Only winning.

Surly, Timmy Love & I will talk about the series and coming home up 2-0 in more detail tomorrow. Our podcast show will be recorded at 10am (with Surly hung over) and up on the site by noon. Until then, Scribe’s Three Stars:

3. Drew Doughty

2. Jonathan Quick

1. Dustin Brown.

Speaking of Brownie…

God, that was fun. GO KINGS!