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Stanley Cup final: Kings desperate for crown

NEWARK, N.J. -- The Kings have been in this situation three times during the postseason and three times eventually came away with the win they needed to advance. Now, they have another opportunity to win one game and bring home the first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

Los Angeles seemed a little more on edge than New Jersey after conducting their morning workouts in preparation for Game Five tonight in the Prudential Center. The Kings have had a 3-0 series lead in all four rounds of the playoffs and lost Game Four three times. They came back to win the fifth game twice. A third would clinch their first title.

"We’re here," defenseman Rob Scuderi said. "Jersey deserved the game [Wednesday]. But we’ve been able to bounce back from losses pretty well in the last 15 or 20 games of the season and the playoffs. Hopefully, we can dust ourselves off and come out with a good effort."

The Kings have a 15-3 record in the postseason and are 10-0 on the road. They have said repeatedly that the Devils have given them their biggest test over the past two months. Captain Dustin Brown said he and his teammates need to come up with a full effort in Game Five and end the series.

“”At this point, you find whatever you have left in the tank," Brown said. "Ultimately, it’s not going to be the coaches or management or media. It has to be [us] to push each other. We’ve done that thus far."

--- Bucky Gleason


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