LOS ANGELES -- The men in white gloves who tend to the Stanley Cup keep the most storied trophy in North American sports at an undisclosed location before brining it into the building minutes before a team attempts to clinch.
It should have been here during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday.
The Los Angeles Kings effectively won their first championship in franchise history with a dominating 4-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Sure, it's a 3-0 lead in a series were you need four to seize the Cup, but the rest of the series whether it ends at Game 4 at Staples Center on Wednesday or later is a formality.
Just don't expect anybody wearing black and purple especially the captain to cop to it.
"Once you get on the ice, you're not thinking this is a possible Stanley Cup-clinching game," Kings forward Dustin Brown said. "You are thinking about what you need to do to win. We put ourselves in a good position, although later in (Game 4), it'll probably come to the for...