Once, a cat named Lucifer messed with Cinderella. She chased him off with a broom. See what I’m saying?
Chuck and I are Red Sox fans, which means leading a playoff series 3-0 is not enough for us. We know miracles can happen. (In case you don’t, in ’04 the Yankees were up 3-0 in the ALCS. The Red Sox won 4 straight, then another 4 to sweep the Cardinals for the World Series. The screaming, people. I can’t even describe it.) The moral of the story is: we don’t count people out.
Tonight, the Kings will try to sweep the Devils to win the first Stanley Cup in franchise history, in front of their home crowd. This idea gives us crazy butterflies. Chuck & Dawn are all for the Kings, and I cry every single year when the Cup is presented, no matter who wins. I just see rainbows and sprinkles and dreams coming true. It’s like a Lifetime movie.
If the Kings win tonight, it will be the 21st Finals sweep in the modern era (since the NHL went to a best-of-seven format in 1939). Sweeps happen more often than a series goes to 7 games (16 times). Only one NHL team has ever come back from 3-0 down in the Final to win the Cup – the 1942 Maple Leafs.
Since 1939, trends in winning the Stanley Cup Final – from NHL.com [link, the formatting is awful]:
• Teams winning Game One have won the Cup 54 of 69 times (78.3%).
• Teams winning both Games One and Two have won the Cup 41 of 44 times (93.2%).
• Teams winning Games One, Two and Three have won the Cup 24 of 25 times (96%).
More sweep fun facts – ESPN.com [link].
15 fun facts about the Kings – USAToday.com [link]
If you’re thinking what we’re thinking, it’s about this. Or, more accurately, this happening inside a Ke$sha video filmed in a strip-club-on-a-yacht off Huntington Beach where Snoop Dogg drops from a fireworks-shooting helicopter for a rap solo about best friends forever.
I’m just saying that Cup parade/party photos get us through the summer and you know the Kings’ would be epic. Twitter would melt. I’d buy stock in pancakes, donuts, liquor and glitter. Something tells me that Patrick Elias won’t be dancing shirtless on a table a la Tyler Seguin (or even clothed like Patrick Sharp) but we think TBG Drew Doughty might.
(SIDE NOTE: If you Google “Tyler Seguin dance shirtless,” the #5 photo result is Chuck & Tyler and #12 is me & Chuck. You guys search that term and find our site A LOT, pervs.)
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Things are far from over with 60 minutes on the clock and a goalie who has won 3 Stanley Cups – that’s every Cup the Devils have ever won, on Brodeur’s shoulders. So, down but not out? Will the Devils slow the Kings 15-2 playoff run and rain on their parade? If they get one, they head back to NJ for Game Five on Saturday night. The Kings have won 10 straight road games… but you have to start somewhere.