Here’s the thing about trying to come back from a 3-0 series deficit:

It’s still really, really hard.

Only four teams in NHL history have ever done it, versus 178 that have tried and failed, per

So even though the Kings did it in 2014 against the Sharks, they really don’t want to try their luck again.

“We have a lot more to give, and it has to start tonight,” defenseman Drew Doughty told reporters this morning ahead of Game 3 in San Jose.

“There’s no way we can go down another game.”

The Kings won’t be the only ones trying to avoid a 3-0 deficit tonight. The Wild are in the same boat versus the Stars. So are the Flyers versus the Capitals.

For the Kings, though, a first-round exit would mean no series victories in two years, after missing the playoffs altogether last season. And unlike the Wild and Flyers, they went into this postseason with serious Stanley Cup aspirations.