Jeff Carter realizes how smooth the Los Angeles Kings' 6-1 run through the postseason must look from the outside.
The power forward knows most people don't realize how the Western Conference's eighth seeds had to grind, scratch and scrape just to get a chance to look so good.
''The last month of the regular season, we were playing playoff hockey,'' Carter said Tuesday after the Kings returned from consecutive victories in St. Louis to open their second-round series.
''We had to fight just to get in, and once you get in, anything can happen with how close the teams are,'' he added. ''An eight seed doesn't really mean anything once you're in. Anything can happen. That month before the playoffs started has helped us. We just kept rolling the way we've been playing. It's good.''
And it keeps getting better heading into Game 3 on Thursday night. The West's lowest seeds are in a commanding position after winning twice in St. Louis with gritty road efforts that left the hard-nosed Blue...