It remains to be seen what impact the Kings’ rally to win Game 2 of their second-round playoff series has the rest of the way. It seemed to energize them immediately after the game and to deflate the San Jose Sharks. Daryl Evans is perhaps uniquely qualified to talk about what rallies do for a team in the playoffs.
“It was a great comeback,” said Evans, a Kings radio analyst who knows a thing or two about comebacks as the man who scored the winning goal in overtime to cap “The Miracle,” a 6-5 win over the Edmonton Oilers on April 10, 1982 at the Forum.
“When you look at comebacks, you get a better understanding of what the impact is if the team goes on to win the series. Going back to our series in ’82, it was a pivotal game in Game 3, coming back and winning in the fashion in which we did. We went on to win that series three games to two.
“Then going back to the “Frenzy on Figueroa” against Detroit (in Game 4 of a first-round series against the Red Wings in 2001), coming back and winning that game and then winning that series, it’s unbelievable. So, I think we’ll have a little better understanding in the next week or so.”
The Kings rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Red Wings 4-3 in OT and then went on to upset heavily favored Detroit to win the series 4-2.