NEWARK, N.J. -- Simon Gagne sat in his stall in the visiting dressing room Friday at Prudential Center for longer than he needed to and answered more questions about a potentially sensitive subject than some players might.
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To be back in this situation, practicing with the team and preparing for his third game since returning from the injury and the Kings one victory away from claiming the Stanley Cup, was something to relish.
"To me, I take it as my last chance," Gagne said. "I'm at this point right now, and I've been in the League for 12 years. I'm always going to remember my first year in the League, losing a Game 7 here [with Philadelphia] against those guys. Being one game away from the Stanley Cup Final, you think you're going to have many years in front of you. Then 10 years after that, I had a chance to go in the Final. It is one thing to get there, but it is not guaranteed that you're going to win it. That's what happened in 2010 [with Philadelphia]. Having this chance this year, and being in that position it is the closest I've been. Is it going to be my last shot? Maybe not, but I'm going to approach it like it might be."