The Kings are on the verge of making good on a 43-year-old IOU.
Wayne Gretzky couldn’t bring the Stanley Cup to Los Angeles, nor Marcel Dionne. Rogie Vachon didn’t get the Kings there, nor did Cowboy Bill Flett. Jack Kent Cooke and Jerry Buss won NBA titles as owners, but were unable to attain the Cup as a bookend trophy.
But a 4-0 victory Monday at Staples Center gave the Kings a 3-0 series lead over the New Jersey Devils. The Cup would be an L.A. Story after Wednesday’s game.
Anze Kopitar, Alec Martinez, Jeff Carter and Justin Williams scored goals, while goaltender Jonathan Quick continued to deny the Devils. Martinez and Kopitar scored their goals in the second period for the Kings before Carter and Williams scored in the third period.