2012 Game One, L.A. Kings vs. New Jersey. OT win.
2012 Game Two, L.A. Kings vs. New Jersey. OT win.
2014, games one and two…two OT wins.
What did we feel after we won game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against New Jersey, in 2012, in OT? On June 2 of that year…
Drew Doughty said it. Reset. Start the series on Monday night like it’s 0-0. There is plenty of room for improvement.
Jarret Stoll said it. Two means nothings. Only four matters.
Plenty of room for improvement is still right. The New York Rangers caused some forced turnovers but not nearly enough to impact the game. The Kings had a mess of unforced giveaways that have to stop because those ended up in our net…and that’s all that needs to stop because, absent those, we are playing excellent hockey.
Don’t have the passing lane? Don’t make the pass.
Trying to clear the puck? Make sure you have a seam to do so. If not, patience, short pass to support forward or defenseman.
Entering the attacking zone but no shot, pass or scoring chance ahead? Carry it deep or send it deep – then forecheck or wait for it to come.
In our own zone, under pressure, no open teammate and choice is to keep the puck, put your body between the attacking forechecker and the puck or…there is no or! Protect the puck and take the hit.
Mistakes are inevitable in hockey but in small sample sizes and certainly not in your own zone or those that lead to odd man rushes.
We will reset. We will refocus.
When we scored the third goal, the “controversial” one NHL Channel and Radio will talk about and which will be written about by the East Coast Media 1200 times combined in the next 36 hours, I sensed we would tie it and I could just feel this game was ours…we clean up the above and the Rangers shots and scoring chances will be far fewer than they have been.
We haven’t seen the better or best of some Kings players.
Jacob is heading to New York for game 3. Wish him a safe trip there and back. Jacob would like to see our boys’ better or best there. So would we. So would they.
At the moment, only game 3 matters.