Can the "Comeback Kings" do it again?

From ESPN - April 17, 2018

LOS ANGELES -- Outside of the Los Angeles Kings' training facility is a photo of the Stanley Cup and the names engraved on the trophy after the Kings won the trophy in 2012 and 2014.

There are 11 players left on the roster from the team that won the Stanley Cup in 2014, meaning there are 11 players on the Kings that know what it takes to overcome an 0-3 series deficit in the first round on the way to winning it all.

If there is a silver lining in the Kings' current precarious position -- down 0-3 in their first-round series to Vegas Golden Knights -- it's that it may not seem as daunting of a task as it would be to other teams. The 2014 Kings are one of just five teams in all sports (four in hockey) to make the historic 0-3 series comeback -- and they believe that they can become the first franchise on the list twice.

"We know that it's possible. We have done it before," said Los Angeles defenseman Drew Doughty. "I do not think we are looking that far ahead. We just have to win one game right now. A series has so many momentum turns and you never know what could happen if we win that next game."

The turnaround for the Kings' comeback in 2014 was actually a 4-3 overtime loss in Game 3 in Los Angeles. It was the first time the Kings thought they were the better team and believed they could win after dropping the first two games in San Jose, 6-3 and 7-2. Doughty believes this team might actually be more confident in winning four straight games against Vegas after dropping three straight one-goal decisions to the Golden Knights that could have gone either way.

"I think it's a little bit different," Doughty said. "I am not saying we deserved to win all three of those games, but I feel like this series we have been a little closer to winning the games whereas in the San Jose series, especially the first two games, they absolutely dominated us so it's a little different. We have a little more confidence going into this next game than we did before against San Jose, but we have a lot of work to do. They have outplayed us and beat us three games in a row and it's time that we wake up here."

Back in 2014, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, who were on the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers team that came back from being down 0-3 to defeat the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals, served as examples that the seemingly impossible was very possible. This year, the locker room is littered with players who have been there before, although there likely wo not be any motivation speeches harkening back to the 2014 squad.


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