Kings' Lewis looks back on memorable run to Final
Los Angeles Kings forward Trevor Lewis will be blogging for NHL.com throughout the Stanley Cup Final, offering his insight on what is happening inside the walls of his team and within the confines of the rink.
LOS ANGELES -- I've been asked by NHL.com to keep a blog during the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, so I'll be talking about our series with the New York Rangers, my career and my time with the Los Angeles Kings.
It has been a crazy ride for us during these playoffs, so before Game 1 against the Rangers let's look back at how we got here in the first place.
We started with the San Jose Sharks and in the first two games they came out and dominated us in every aspect of the game. In Game 3 we came back to Staples Center and lost in overtime, but we got a little bit better. I think from then on we started to play our play game and focused on one game at a time because you never know what can happen.
I think the belief in our room and the confidence in here grew a lot during that series. It started with winning the fourth game and then each one into the seventh game. That was a big boost for us.
This group has been through a lot together. I think we believed the whole time against San Jose, but once we got that first win it kind of just grew from there. We kept going and kept getting better.
It was pretty cool to come all the way back, but we didn't have much time to think about it. We were right into the next series. I'm sure after everything is done we'll have time to sit back and think about how cool it really was to come back from down 3-0 and win.
Next up was the Anaheim Ducks in the second round. It was definitely great for California hockey to play the Sharks and then the Ducks. Anaheim has a great team and the Ducks had a great year.
We knew it was going to be tough. When we were in their building there was a lot of Kings fans too. Sometimes we couldn't tell who was cheering for who because you couldn't make out the words. But it was an exciting time for California hockey.
Going into Anaheim and getting those first two wins was huge. Obviously they came back and got a few on us, but it seems like every time this team has its back against the wall is when we come out and show our true selves.
When we got to Game 7 with the Ducks, our belief and our confidence was very high. There are so many guys in our room that have been through Game 7s and tough times. I think we just pulled together. We had a great start and just took over from there.
Then we had to face the Chicago Blackhawks. Not only were they the defending champs, just look back at last year when they beat us in five games. They took it to us pretty good.
It was a big challenge for us and we knew how hard it was going to be. We actually might have played our best game in Game 1 and ended up losing, so we knew right away that it was going to be tough. Getting that win in their building in Game 2 was a huge boost for us. They hadn't lost a game there all playoffs, so that was a big turning point for us.
Every time you win a round the level of hockey goes up. The Blackhawks were defending champions for a reason. They know how to win. That was a different challenge for us. They've won too, and they've won two of the last four years.
That's why it was so great for us to just find a way in Game 7. We had to inch it out and find a way to close it out, but it was a great win.
Now we will play the Rangers for the Stanley Cup. It is so exciting to be back in the Final. Once you win it once you just can't wait to get back and try to do it again. We are all just excited to get going and I can't wait to get Game 1 started (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).
Talk to everyone again soon.
Author: Trevor Lewis | Special to NHL.com