The Los Angeles Kings have history at their doorstep Wednesday night, as they look to close out the New Jersey Devils in Game 4 of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. The Kings, like they have in all of their postseason series this season, lead three games to none and are in search of their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
With a win Wednesday night, the Kings would match the 1988 Edmonton Oilers with a 16-2 run through the playoffs, the best mark in NHL history. So far in the postseason, the Kings have outscored their opponents 49-24.
"It's right there in front of us, but we know there's one more step," team captain Dustin Brown told the Associated Press on Tuesday. "We don't want to trip now."
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick leads the NHL playoffs with a .950 save percentage and a 1.36 goals against average. Quick has saved 70 of 72 shots in the Stanley Cup Final against New Jersey, and could win the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the MVP of the playoffs.
The Kings have killed 64 of 69 power play opportunities in the postseason. The Kings have four chances to get that elusive 16th win. Will they make history tonight?
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