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"You know it’s going to happen again," he said. "So why not us? I think that’s the approach. You’re not going to go 200 years without someone else doing it. So it’s been long enough, it might as well be us."
The Kings also have an interesting take on their 3-1 lead.
Kings, Trevor Lewis ‘need to capitalize’ in Saturday’s Game 5
Before this season, the Los Angeles Kings had won only one playoff series in 18 years. Yet the Kings have played enough postseason hockey this spring to establish a trend.
Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to New Jersey marked the third time in four series that the Kings failed to win a close-out Game 4 at home. The previous two times, at Vancouver and Phoenix, they responded with an overtime win in Game 5.
So they know what it will take to win at New Jersey on Saturday. “We have to keep our confidence,” Kings forward Trevor Lewis, a former Brighton High School player, said in a text message to The Tribune. “The fourth game’s the hardest to win, and we know that we need to capitalize on our chances.”
Lewis had a great opportunity early in the third period of a scoreless Game 4, but Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur denied him.
Lewis’ biggest contribution in the Stanley Cup finals has been penalty-killing. New Jersey is 0-for-15 on the power play.
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Stanley Cup schedule
Game 1 » Los Angeles 2, New Jersey 1 (OT)
Game 2 » Los Angeles 2, New Jersey 1 (OT)
Game 3 » Los Angeles 4,New Jersey 0
Game 4 » New Jersey 3, Los Angeles 1
L.A. leads series 3-1
Saturday » Los Angeles at New Jersey, 6 p.m., Ch. 5
x-Monday » New Jersey at Los Angeles, 6 p.m., Ch. 5
x-Wednesday, June 13 » Los Angeles at New Jersey, 6 p.m., Ch. 5
"This series, we could easily be down," Williams said. "We haven’t played our best hockey. We know that in our room. That’s obviously an advantage for us that we know we can be better in all facets of the game, not one little thing. We can be a lot better. We haven’t shown them exactly what we are all about. That’s disheartening for us. The encouraging thing is we are up 3-1."
If a sixth game is necessary, it will be played on Monday night in Los Angeles. A deciding seventh game would be played Wednesday in New Jersey, if necessary.
Until then, it’s now or never in Newark for the home team.
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