The Los Angeles Kings have been in all types of jams during the past two postseasons. Just a few weeks ago, they even escaped the same 0-2 deficit they're now facing in the Western Conference finals.
''We've been here, what, three weeks ago?'' forward Justin Williams asked, referring to the Kings' great escape in the first round against St. Louis. ''Obviously it's not do-or-die (in Game 3), but it is.''
Yet the defending Stanley Cup champions aren't sure they've tangled with an opponent that could match the depth and versatility of the Chicago Blackhawks, who might even be the team to end Los Angeles' 2 1/2-month run of dominance at home.
After back-to-back losses in Chicago, the Kings are hoping they can stay perfect at Staples Center in a crucial Game 3 on Tuesday night. The Kings have won 14 straight at home since March, and they've won seven straight home playoff games dating to last season's Stanley Cup clincher.
The Kings have no idea why they've been unbeatable at Staples...