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Kings center Colin Fraser recalls emotions before potential Stanley Cup-winning game

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LOS ANGELES -- Like a couple of his Los Angeles Kings teammates, center Colin Fraser has been part of a locker room before that's one win shy of winning the Stanley Cup.

In other words, all those pre-game emotions he'll feel Thursday before Game 4 against the New Jersey Devils are nothing new for Fraser, a member of the Blackhawks' Cup-winning team in 2010.

"First and foremost, it's got to be your best game of the year because you know New Jersey has their backs against the wall," Fraser said Wednesday. "You know it's going to be their best game."

Asked about the Hawks' locker room before Game 6 in Philadelphia, Fraser said that nothing stood out to him.

"It sounds stupid, but really it's like any other game," Fraser said. "Nothing really changes. Everybody knows what is at stake. You can't be satisfied really until you win. Is it in the back of everybody's mind? Yeah, sure it is. But at the same time, you still have to make it happen."

Fraser, though, does remember what he was doing when the Hawks were on the verge of taking Game 6. He was a healthy scratch, but didn't want to miss out on the on-ice celebrations.

"Me, [Adam] Burish, [Bryan] Bickell and a couple of the other guys, we were up late in the third and we had gone down to put our gear on to hopefully join the celebration," Fraser said. "Philly tied it up relatively late in the third. We had to hide out in the room, around the corner, so nobody saw us. We were watching overtime in the room, [Patrick Kane] scored and that was it."

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