As the San Antonio Spurs proved Thursday, no streak lasts forever—after 20 consecutive wins, the Spurs lost at Oklahoma City … by 20 points. (I just missed that one, huh?) Undaunted, I’m riding another streak with today’s selection, as we look ahead to Saturday’s Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. With their 2-1 overtime victory in New Jersey in Game 1, the L.A. Kings improved to 13-2 in these playoffs. Most impressively, they’re 9-0 on the road, an NHL playoff record. And although the last two road victories were one-goal overtime nail-biters, L.A. still is outscoring opponents 32-14 during its nine-game road winning streak.
As is the case every year in the Cup playoffs, the team with the hottest goaltender wins, and
with all due respect to New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur (a first-ballot Hall of Famer), the Kings’ Jonathan Quick is having an historic postseason. He’s allowing less than 1½ goals per game and turning aside nearly 95 percent of the shots on goal. By comparison, Brodeur is allowing slightly more than two goals per game with a .923 save percentage, which is pretty damn good — just not Quick-good. The Kings, who thoroughly outplayed New Jersey in Game 1, are the epitome of a team of destiny, and on Saturday they’ll notch their 10th straight win and be halfway to the unthinkable: bringing a Stanley Cup to Hollywood.
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Thursday’s Result: Spurs +4 at Thunder (Loss)