CHICAGO - The motivation staring at the Los Angeles Kings is obvious.
Down 3-1 in the NHL Western Conference final against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Kings are down to their final life.
The precedent for such a comeback isn't hard to spot for the Kings, either.
“Look at the opponent we're playing, they were in the exact same situation and they came out of it in the last round,” Kings defenceman Robyn Regehr said of the Blackhawks, who completed such a comeback against the Detroit Red Wings in the previous round.br>
“It's something that is very doable. We're preparing to win one game (Saturday) and that's as far as we're looking right now.”
The reigning Stanley Cup champs are on the ropes, so trot out the cliches as they prepare for Game 5 at the United Center.
It's do-or-die time.
There's no tomorrow.
Actually, the Kings are doing all they can to keep an even-keeled approach.