Play It Forward: June 9-15 on your sports calendar — The Kings’ bandwagon is more like a roach coach, going coast to coast

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THIS WEEK’S BEST BET:

STANLEY CUP FINAL
GAME 3: KINGS at N.Y. RANGERS
Today, 5 p.m., NBCSN:
Your L.A. Cockroaches really are starting to bug a lot of folks. Maybe you can pick it up on the NBC broadcast from the New York-based commentators who always search for how the Rangers can’t get a break here, need to find a way to fight back there. Ever consider a can of Raid instead of a stick and blocker in the hands of Henrik Lundqvist at this point? “Cannot kill the Kings,” tweeted out sports-talk show host Jim Rome on Saturday, followed by “#Cockroaches.” It’s as simple as that, and the sentiment goes back to the Kings-Blackhawks Western Conference final. Actually, when the Kings came back to tie series at one win apiece. Columnist Cam Cole of the National Post, Canada’s English-language newspaper in Toronto, wrote: “Who are these guys … who refuse to be eliminated, who fall behind but resist all attempts to get rid of them? Why, they are Las Cucarachas, the cockroaches of the National Hockey League postseason. Hardy, deceptively fast, pesky, stubborn, resourceful, capable of swarm behaviour, known for group-based decision making, able to survive decapitation … OK, maybe not that last one.” Again, this was before they out-resisted the Blackhawks in seven games and followed it up by overcoming 2-0 first-period deficits in Games 1 and 2 at Staples Center to take this ridiculous 2-0 series lead heading to New York, where cockroaches seem to thrive. Look at it this way. If the Kings go through another seven-game series and actually win, they’ll have a playoff record of 16-12. The only thing close to this was the 2011 Boston Bruins, who went 16-9 before winning their title. The Kings would match that if they swept the Rangers, based on already having lost nine games in the first three rounds. But surviving.
The series continues this week:
Game 4 at New York, Wednesday at 5 p.m., NBCSN
Game 5 at Staples Center, 5 p.m., Friday, Ch. 4

BEST OF THE REST INCLUDES:
The 114th U.S. Open golf tournament in North Carolina, Thursday-Sunday
The start of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, on Thursday
The NBA Finals Game 3, on Tuesday
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