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.
The Kings have been on one of the hottest streaks in Stanley Cup playoff history, winning 15 of 17 games. It’s part of a 24-4-3 streak since losing to the Detroit Red Wings in a regular-season game March 9.
The Devils, meanwhile, are faced with trying to match history to win the Cup.
Only three NHL teams have rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a Stanley Cup playoff series: the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1942, the New York Islanders in 1975 and the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010.