May 24, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings right wing Marian Gaborik (12) controls the puck against Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) during the second period in game three of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Blackhawks are not strangers to falling behind in a series and coming out on top. They’ve done that once this post season already and even did that last post season against the Detroit Red Wings. The thing is, the Los Angeles Kings are a different team than the St. Louis Blues and Red Wings. Coming off a comeback win of their own in the previous series and out for revenge against the team that dethroned them last year, they have all the determination and momentum to make any lead a permanent one.
That makes the bad side of a 2-1 series record against L.A. seem even worse and the prospect of being in a 3-1 series hole terrifying. We know that the Blackhawks players and coaching staff are far from panicking, but they never feel like it’s time to panic. Blackhawks fans, on the other hand, have been known to panic over a week goal against, a bad penalty (or a sequence of them), a dreadful power play, or low faceoff percentages. We can usually pull ourselves together after a minute, but a 2-1 series deficit is a little more difficult.
Where are you on the panic scale?
1. We’re Dead
2. The word is Panic
3. Refuse to calm down