EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Jeff Carter's blond, scruffy playoff beard is just long enough to obscure the chip on the Los Angeles Kings forward's shoulder.
It reveals itself when talking about his path to Southern California.
"A lot of people were doubting me out there," Carter told reporters at the Toyota Center on Sunday. "I know that. This an opportunity to go out there, get a Stanley Cup and prove everybody wrong."
"Everybody" is certainly an exaggeration, although those nonbelievers were quieted at least briefly with Carter's game-winning goal in Game 2 on Saturday, an overtime tally that gave the Kings a 2-1 victory and a 2-0 edge in the Stanley Cup Final. The best-of-7 series resumes at Staples Canter Monday night.
Carter was dealt by the Philadelphia Flyers a team that drafted him in the first round in 2003 to the Columbus Blue Jackets last June. Exiled could be more accurate, however, as Carter went from a team that he helped to the finals in 2010 to a Columbus team that ...