Kings forwards Jeff Carter and Mike Richards have been here before, down and counted out four years ago. Carter, Richards and the Philadelphia Flyers did the unthinkable during the spring of 2010, however. They rallied from a 3-0 series deficit to defeat the Boston Bruins four games to three.
The Flyers joined the 1975 New York Islanders and the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs as the only teams in Stanley Cup playoff history to rally from a 3-0 deficit to win a best-of-7 playoff series. Carter, Richards and their Kings teammates hope to become the fourth team to pull it off.
The San Jose Sharks lead their first-round series against the Kings 3-0, with Game 4 set for Thursday night at Staples Center. The Sharks won the first two games in San Jose by scores of 6-3 and 7-2 and then pulled out a 4-3 overtime win in Game 3 on Tuesday at Staples Center.
“There’s not much you can say or show or do to inspire a team,” Richards said Wednesday. “I think you should be inspired enough with the opportunity we have in front of us. It’s easy to say, but I think as a group you just have to know, one, it’s not going to be easy and, two, it is possible.
“I think it’s a good opportunity for us to show everybody who’s kind of writing us off right now and to show how resilient we are as a group. We’ve done good things in the past. This is just another thing we have to be excited to accomplish.”
Said Carter: “It’s just one game at a time. That’s what it has to be. Three-oh is a big hole, but it’s been done before. You win that one game and you start to get some momentum going. We have to go into their building and win two games. You have to approach it as one game. You win that one game and you put a little doubt in their mind and they know we’re coming. That’s the way it has to be.”