The Los Angeles Kings' 15-3 postseason record can't be deceiving, can it?
For a team that has won all 10 of its road games and faltered at its chance to become the first team since the 1988 Edmonton Oilers to post a 16-2 playoff record en route to winning the Stanley Cup, the margin between winning and losing isn't as stark as their record indicates.
Remember the 2001 Lakers? They went 15-1 through the playoffs, averaging a 14 point cushion per victory. Nine of their 15 wins were by at least 12 points.
Even prior to Wednesday's game, the 2012 Kings were not the 2001 Lakers.
Other than more comfortable Game 2s in St. Louis and Phoenix, and Game 3 against New Jersey, that razor thin victory line had often been established in the third period or overtime, as Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Final taught us.
"I think it was a see saw battle and a matter of a coin flip," Dustin Penner said after Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils.
In a bounces-influenced series that h...