EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Justin Williams and the Los Angeles Kings realize the Stanley Cup playoffs aren’t usually as easy as they’ve made them look so far.
The Kings say they’ve prepared for lengthy series in every round of the postseason, but they haven’t even had to play a Game 6 yet.
Los Angeles went on a 12-2 rampage through the Western Conference playoffs, earning a date with the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup final.
This surge is a new experience for everybody, including Williams and two teammates who met in the 2006 Cup final. Williams scored the final goal of Game 7 for the Carolina Hurricanes, beating Jarret Stoll, Matt Greene and the rest of the Edmonton Oilers — the only eighth seed to make the final round before Los Angeles.