June 11, 2012 is a day no Los Angeles Kings fan will ever forget. It was Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the New Jersey Devils. The Kings had won Game 1,2 and 3 but fell to the Devils in Game 4 and 5. Game 6 was on home ice and the Kings did everything in their power to win it in front of their fans, friends and family. The Kings didn’t just win, they won 6-1.
“After 45 years the Kings can finally wear their crown” as Nick Nickson so famously said. They had become the Kings of the NHL and after all these years it was a moment that would go down in history.
Its been two years since that life changing day for most fans. Now, two years later the Kings are in the Stanley Cup Final again. They were up in the series 3-0 again, this time over the New York Rangers. The Rangers took a 2-1 at Madison Square Garden in Game 4, so now the Kings lead the series 3-1.
Just Williams recalled Game 4 of 2012, “I think potentially, maybe not everyone, but there were some issues that maybe got us sidetracked a little bit. The thought of winning a Cup, being one game away, family issues, ticket issues, all that stuff. That can maybe sidetrack you from the end result. We’ve got the rest of our lives to see our friends and family, make sure they have tickets and all that. We have, you know, usually one chance, and this is our second chance to do it, to win a Stanley Cup, to be remembered forever. That had a little bit to do with it.”
Head coach Darryl Sutter agreed, “Game 4 was at home. There was a lot of distraction. I think that was a lesson learned not just for our players but for our whole organization. We were trying to keep our players as a little inner circle, which they still do. But the circle got a little bit of infringement.”
Will the Kings win it on home ice again, and make history to add to their chapter? We will find out Friday June 13.Tags: Hockey, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, NHL