Kings battling Sharks and precedent

May, 28, 2013
5/28/13
3:18
PM ET
Western Conference semifinals – Game 7
Sharks at Kings, 9 ET (Series tied, 3-3)

* Home team has won all six games in this series (home teams are 18-4 in conference semifinals so far)
* Kings: 3-4 all time in Game 7s (first Game 7 since 2002 conference semifinals [lost at Avalanche] & first home Game 7 since 1989 division semifinals [beat Oilers])
* Kings: 7-1 series record all time when leading a best-of-7 3-2 after five games (lone loss: 1968 quarterfinals vs North Stars)
* Sharks: 5-2 all time in Game 7s (3-2 on road)
* Second Game 7 between California teams in Stanley Cup playoffs history (Kings beat Oakland Seals in Game 7 of 1969 quarterfinals)
* If recent history repeats itself, we’ll have a new Stanley Cup champion this year. The last four instances of a defending Cup champion playing in a Game 7 have seen them lose that game.

Defending Stanley Cup Champion Playing Game 7 of a Series - Last 5 Instances
Result
2013 Kings vs Sharks in conf semis Tuesday
2012 Bruins Lost conf qtrs in OT
2011 Blackhawks Lost conf qtrs in OT
2010 Penguins Lost conf semis
2009 Red Wings Lost Stanley Cup finals

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