Five years ago, Dustin Penner didn't have to deal with questions about not closing out an opponent in an elimination game after the first couple of attempts.
Penner was with the Ducks in 2007, and Anaheim beat Ottawa in five games, winning the Stanley Cup on home ice on the first crack. Over and done.
The Kings have had two shots at it and lost tight games on both occasions to the New Jersey Devils. They lead the best-of-seven series, three games to two. Game 6 is tonight at Staples Center, and, if necessary, Game 7 would be in Newark, N.J., on Wednesday.
Penner was asked if the cushion of a Game 7 was in the back of his mind.
"That's way, way back there," he said after Monday's morning skate.
A lot of the questions in the morning were about what the Kings had learned from Game 4. Some of them admitted to being nervous and distracted about a possible looming celebration.