Kings get comfortable just in time

Playing the role of favorite doesn't suit L.A. early, but team finds way to win Game 1

Updated: June 5, 2014, 4:59 AM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings were out of their comfort zone.

They were opening a playoff series at home for only the second time since 1992 -- a span of 23 postseason series.

The team that, as the third-place team from the Pacific Division, had won three straight Game 7s on the road to reach the Stanley Cup finals and had won the Stanley Cup two years ago as the eighth seed in the Western Conference came in as heavy favorites for the first time since most of them could remember.

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