ST. LOUIS -- A few weeks ago, before the Kings began their playoff journey, center Jarret Stoll said that as a young player with Edmonton in 2006, he and his No. 8-seeded Oilers teammates gained a lot of confidence from upsetting the No. 1-seeded Detroit Red Wings. Those Oilers went on to the Stanley Cup finals that spring, losing in seven games to Carolina.
Now that the No. 8-seeded Kings have upset the No. 1-seeded Vancouver Canucks to advance to a second-round matchup against the St. Louis Blues, Stoll said he sees the same kind of increased confidence among the Kings as he did after the Oilers pulled off their upset six years ago.
Any time you have a group of guys that havent won a playoff series -- that was the case with most of our guys in 06 in Edmonton -- thats true. And its the same with a lot of guys this year, he said Saturday after the Kings game-day skate before the opener of their second-round series against the Blues at Scottrade Center.
Theres a lot of guys who ha...