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Kings' 1989 Playoff Series Comeback

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

It goes without saying that there’s a tough hill for the Kings to climb being down three games to one in their Western Conference Quarterfinal series against the San Jose Sharks.

A difficult situation? Most certainly.

Impossible to recover from? Absolutely not.

Facing elimination is no comfortable feeling, but if you’re to take any token of positivity or confidence from recent years, it’s that the Kings are a perfect 7-0 in their previous seven games when on the brink.

This marks the 14th time in franchise history that the Kings will face elimination in a Game 5 of a best-of-seven series. When trailing three games to one, the Kings are 2-11 in series outcomes; of course one of those two times being against the Sharks in 2014 – when the Kings initially faced a three games to none deficit.

The other? Wayne Gretzky’s first season in Los Angeles, when he and the Kings shocked his former team, winning three straight games to beat the Edmonton Oilers in the 1989 Smythe Division Semifinal.

The Kings won three consecutive games to take the series the distance after being down three games to one, victorious in two at home and one on the road, facing the same format this year’s team does.

Wayne Gretzky
iced the Kings’ series comeback in their Game 7 win at the Great Western Forum with his empty-net goal on April 15, 1989.

The Kings are 18-15 all-time in Game 5’s of a series; When they win a Game 5, they have won that respective series 12 out of 18 times.

Hey, one at a time.

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