After defeating California (San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks), the Los Angeles Kings defeated the defending Cup Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, and with a 3-2 double overtime win, the Kings defeated the New York Rangers to win their second Stanley Cup in three seasons in front of a standing STAPLES Center crowd.
With 44 years of existence on June 11, 2012, the Kings, who had long awaited their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, got it. Going 16-4 in their wins, which looks much easier then when they did it again on June 13, 2014. None of it would have been possible when the trailing Kings in December of 2011 hadn’t acquired head coach Darryl Sutter. He truly leads their team and brings them together to compete and perform their best.
At the beginning of the season the Kings faced some trouble when Jonathan Quick was injured, but they fought through. Then came the pre- Olympic back-to-back losses, especially at the first outdoor game at Dodgers Stadium. Resilience. The Kings kept going. They made it to the playoffs and so began this historical post season. With defenseman’s Willie Mitchell, Robyn Regehr, Drew Doughty, facing injuries, it seemed like hope was all the team had. Matt Greene and Jeff Schultz stepped in. Eventually Doughty and Mitchell returned to the line-up. To stir some offense, Darryl Sutter teamed up Dustin Brown, newly acquired Marian Gaborik and Anze Kopitar as the first line, rookies Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli with Jeff Carter, for the second line, veterans Jarret and Justin Williams with Dwight King for the third line, and Mike Richards, Kyle Clifford, and Trevor Lewis in the third line. It all worked, the Kings were called the comeback kids, because every time they were down, they would fight and come right back.
This post season, Kings were down 3-0 in the series against San Jose, and when most thought it was the end, coach Darryl Sutter said they would take it one game at a time and move forward. They were anything but gone. They rallied up and made history as the fourth team in the NHL to came back from a 3-0 deficit. All three rounds went to a Game 7, but not the Final. The Kings were up 3-0 to the Rangers but couldn't end it in Game 4. However, during Game 5 the Kings showed their tremendous endurance and strength and were crowned once again as the Kings of the National Hockey League.
They are the only NHL team to play 64 playoff games in three years, the only NHL team to win all three Game 7's on the road, and the only NHL team to comeback from a 3-0 deficit in round 1 to win the Stanley Cup.
The first period ended 1-0 with a goal form Justin Williams. Assists went to Dwight Kings and Jarret Stoll. The second period the Rangers fired back with two goals, power play goals that is. It was Marian Gaborik who tied the game in the third period, sending it to overtime. Numerous chances and no puck went in. We headed to a second overtime. The second overtime was just as intense and clinching as it seemed every shot from either end was about to go in. But it was Alec Martinez who passed it to Kyle Clifford, and Clifford to Toffoli who shot it, and Martinez scored the rebound to give the Kings their second Stanley Cup in three seasons. They royalty had reigned again and the Kings, were indeed Kings.
Henrik Lundqvist made 43 saves and Jonathan Quick 23.
Shots 30- 51
Power Plays 1/5- 1/4
Hits 42- 44
Faceoff Wins 50- 51
Giveaways 15- 25
Takeaways 4- 9
Blocked Shots 25- 16
We leave you with some words from your captain, enjoy this special time Kings fans.
“When you wake up in the morning the Cup will be there,” said Kings captain Dustin Brown to his 6-year old son Jake on ice as they celebrated.
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