Confident Los Angeles Kings Keep Finding Ways to Come Back

The New York Rangers have now discovered what the San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks already know: that the Los Angeles Kings are the vampires of the National Hockey League.

You think you have them dead and buried, but they find a way to rise up again and become a big pain in your neck.

The Rangers led 2-0 in both Game 1 and Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. In Game 2 they led again 4-2. But the Rangers were never able to finish the Kings off. Before each night was over, Los Angeles was haunting the visiting team. They won both games to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

“We’ve been digging ourselves holes here lately, but our resiliency, we find a way to dig deep, and that’s something you can’t recreate,” defenseman Willie Mitchell told NBC’s Pierre McGuire during a post-game interview after Game 2 against New York.

This is becoming old hat for the Kings. They were down three games to none in the opening round against the Sharks and became only the fourth team in NHL history to win a series after losing the first three games.

They had their backs up against the wall again against Anaheim in the second round when they lost three straight games to trail 3-2. They squeaked out a 2-1 win at home in Game 6 and then beat the Ducks in Anaheim 6-2 in Game 7 to advance to the Western Conference Final.

Once there, they again faced a road Game 7, this time in arguably the loudest building in the NHL, The Madhouse on Madison in Chicago. The Kings fell behind 2-0 early but tied the game at 2-2. They trailed 3-2 but evened the score at 3-3. After two periods, Chicago again had a one-goal lead, but Marian Gaborik tied it in the third period, Alec Martinez netted the game in overtime and the Kings won yet again.

Now, in the Stanley Cup Final, the Kings lead the series 2-0 despite never holding the lead in either of the first two games until they sco...

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