Even if they will try to avoid the sweep Tuesday at the Staples Center, the Los Angeles Kings remain strangely optimistic.
“We are getting back, but we are not yet eliminated, has launched the attacker Anze Kopitar in the “Los Angeles Times”. There remains at least a game to spare. We have to start winning and we will see what will happen next.”
The training in california has taken a late 3-0 in his series of the first round against the Golden Knights Vegas, losing by a score of 3-2 on Sunday night. However, each of the defeats of the Kings since the beginning of the playoffs have been by a goal. The game number two, which took place in Las Vegas, was completed in the second extension period.
“There are a lot of players experience in our dressing room, for his part, said Alex Iafallo, author of his first career goal in the series Sunday, the web site of the national hockey League. They have seen it all. They help us, we young people, since the beginning of the season. If we believe in them and that we believe in ourselves, everything will go well.”
This is not the first time that the Kings have found themselves at the edge of the abyss in the first round. During the series of 2013-2014, they have lost their first three duels against the San Jose Sharks before winning the following four. Three laps later, they raised their second Stanley cup in three years.
“This team has been resilient all season, said head coach John Stevens. I’ve learned that as long as there was still time on the clock, this group was able to accomplish great things.”
Fleury against Quick
The two keepers have been the stars of each side since the beginning of the fight. Marc-Andre Fleury has been ruthless in front of the net for the Golden Knights with its effectiveness rate ,970, and its average goals allowed of 0.84. Even if he has three defeats on his record, Jonathan Quick has been equally brilliant, displaying a percentage of stops of 94.5% and granting 1,69 goal per match.
It will be interesting to see the two watchdogs of the new cross iron on Tuesday.