The L.A. Kings are one win away from making it back to the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in three years. Meanwhile, the defending champs, the Chicago Blackhawks, are on the verge of elimination.
The Kings, champions two years ago, got off to a roaring start in a pivotal Game 4 Monday, stunning the Blackhawks by opening up a three-goal lead in the first period, before adding to that in the second period, before finally taking this one by a final of 5-2. The Kings now lead the best-of-seven Western Conference Final 3-1.
For the Blackhawks, it was a disastrous start. They were given two chances on the power play before the game was even 10 minutes old, but their second advantage was wiped out when Marian Hossa was involved in a crease collision with Kings’ goalie Jonathan Quick and called for goalie interference.
Joe Micheletti has been unabashedly biased towards Chicago; they are absolutely awful so far and should never have gotten past the Minnesota Wild (I mean, wow).
This is the perfect example of how a series can be called so far in favor of a dreadful team as to give you the wrong impression of where the teams are in terms of momentum; Los Angeles has clearly had the upper hand in this series. And yet, Micheletti has been acting as if Chicago has everything going its way and has a seven game lead. Ridiculous.