It is very likely that two years ago, at about this time, the Los Angeles Kings and their fans were doing the same thing they are doing right now. They were likely going through the day imagining what tonight’s Stanley Cup Final game had in store.
Would they be watching the Kings lift the Stanley Cup or would they watch a team on the brink of elimination force another game?
Two years ago the Kings were gearing up for a game six match up against the New Jersey Devils in Los Angeles, today the Kings are getting ready for game four against the New York Rangers in New York.
If the Kings can pull out one more win tonight the Kings could be the first team in the last 14-years to complete a sweep in the Stanley Cup Final and would hoist the Stanley Cup for the second time in the last three years.
Los Angeles played with a lead for the first time in the series during game three after Jeff Carter scored with under a second remaining in the first period. From that point on the Kings controlled the game with solid defense, goals from Mike Richards and Jake Muzzin, and had it all capped off by a shutout performance by Jonathan Quick.
If the Rangers want to have a chance at extending their season they will need Henrik Lundqvist to outperform Quick. There have been points during this series where Lundqvist has looked beaten both physically and mentally. He will have to step up his game if they want to live to see another day.
Puck drop is scheduled for 4 p.m. local time. Will it be the final game of the ’13-’14 season?