NEWARK, N.J. | So much for needing home-ice advantage. For the 10th time this postseason the Los Angeles Kings played a road game, and for the 10th time they won.
The 2-1 overtime victory at the New Jersey Devils in Game 2 tied a Stanley Cup Playoffs record, but players and coach Darryl Sutter brushed it off.
“It’s not that special to us,” forward Dustin Penner said. “There’s something that’s a lot more special we’re working torwards.”
Jarret Stoll said it didn’t matter what the Kings’ road record was, as long as they kept moving toward that championship goal.
“It’s a big accomplishment for us. It’s not our end goal. But we had to do it, starting as an 8-seed, starting on the road every series,” Penner said. “We’ve been beneficiaries of timely goals and good bounces and we’ve had to work for them. In every game that we’ve won on the road, more times than not, maybe with the exception of a couple, we could’ve easily lost them.”
One bounce away, like Ilya Kovalchuk hitting the crossbar in the waning seconds of regulation or Dainius Zubrus fanning on a chance on the doorstep against Jonathan Quick. But yet again Los Angeles found a way to win.
The Kings hopped on a plane soon after their 10th straight road win in the playoffs, and Sutter didn’t want to bask in the glow of this “big accomplishment.”
“We got to go home. We got to play at home,” he said. “I’d hate to say that we went undefeated on the road.”
If the Kings finish the playoffs undefeated on the road, they’ll be Stanley Cup champions, doing so in remarkable yet nontraditional fashion.