Nobody. No, that’s not true, really. But I couldn’t resist, given the headline of my last post. Justin Williams was hilarious last night when he said, about digging themselves an 0-3 hole, “let’s make a point never to do that again.” That’s from memory, so that might not be an exact quote.
I think a lot of Kings fans probably had a similar reaction to mine. Last night, when I could barely watch the game I was so nervous, I kept thinking how the first three games felt so much like 2011, or 2010, both playoffs in which those Kings teams fell apart in situations when they could easily have won. But then, on a dime, the last four games felt I would have to say exactly like the 2012 team. It was like craptacular Kings were overnight switched out for unstoppable Kings. Not that the unstoppable Kings won every game, or didn’t win a bunch of games that could have gone either way. But somehow a switch was thrown last week, and the 2014 Kings — despite showing a shocking lack of composure within those first two games — nevertheless asserted cup-worthy composure over the course of the series.
I’m not actually sure that any of the above means anything. But I do love it when the other team’s fragile psychologies trump our own.
Also, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson for certain shifts without which I might be writing an entirely different post this morning. (And that’s not to take anything away from other more well-paid but equally deserving heroes.)