LA Kings take a deep breath, and press on to the Semi-finals

Down to the final four - Can the Kings win it all?

5/13/12 in NHL   |   Debi_L   |   11784 respect

Blog Photo - LA Kings take a deep breath, and press on to the Semi-finalsNo one thought we would see any of these teams in the final four.  Never mind that the Rangers and the Coyotes both finished in the top spot in their divisions, it still seemed there were other teams who would take them out.  

Then there's the Kings and the Devils.  Both had to fight hard, just to get into the playoffs (who can forget Becky's frustration as the season wound down?).  Yes, we all have our favorite teams, but somehow it seems that one Kings' fan has been our link to hockey.  C'mon now, you can't tell me that hearing the Kings won or lost a game in these playoffs, you haven't thought "Oh Becky will be stoked!!" or "Uh oh, wonder how Becky is feeling?"

I know I have.  

I know also that I am cheering for the Kings to take it all the way to the Stanley Cup.  Sure, I bet I'm not the only one either.  Hello, fellow bandwaggoners!!!

The question we all have to ask is, can they do it?  Can the Kings actually take this momentum and desire and push it all the way through to the bitter end?
Blog Photo - LA Kings take a deep breath, and press on to the Semi-finals
Tonight we find out if they still have that edge, that desire to win, that passion we have seen so far this post-season.  Yes, they have Jonathan Quick.  Sure, they have Dustin Brown.  But in this next matchup, it could be all about the goalies.  Mike Smith has been just as stellar in goal as Quick.  Both have made saves that have made us say "Whaaaaa? How did that not go in!?!?"

We could look at the regular season match-ups between the two teams (Kings) or their last meeting (Coyotes) or even their history in the playoffs up to this year (Kings - barely, back in 1993), but will that honestly give us any kind of a clue as to how either team will play?  

Not really.  

We could look at how both teams have played in the post-season so far, but will that give us any more of a clue? I don't think so.  

The biggest clue as to how far the Kings will go this season will be tonight's game.  Both teams have had rest, maybe more than they wanted.  The Kings dispatched the St. Louis Blues in 4 games, while the Coyotes took just one more game to weed out the Predators.  

The two teams will be as evenly matched as can be.  The telling point just might be the experience.  The Kings have 8 players who have been to the Stanley Cup finals in the past, while the Coyotes have only two, but Coach Tippett has more Stanley Cup final experience.

I have no idea who will win the Cup.  I don't even have any idea who will win the first game in this series, but I wouldn't be surprised if I were still awake at midnight, watching overtime hockey.
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5/28/12   |   pkisscity

(Edited by Debi_L)

Ive been a Kings fan since the day Gretzky got traded from the Oilers. I live in Southern Ontario and it is my dream to go see game 4.  So if i do end up going to L.A. I want to party with some die hard Kings fans .

5/14/12   |   Beaneaters   |   17676 respect

Go Kings!

A whole lot.

7 more wins guys.

wink

5/14/12   |   ML31   |   3671 respect

(Edited by ML31)

Pulling for the Coyotes.  Really hope they pull this off.

Considering their ownership situation they need this FAR more than the Kings do.  A Stanley Cup could go a long way in solidifying hockey in the desert.  I can only imagine how the Thrashers could have been helped with a successful team on the ice.  Even for just one season.  Perhaps that team could have found owners who actually cared... 

I will also say that as looked from the beginning, the western conference has indeed been the more fascinating side of the playoffs.  The teams have been way more interesting than the same old same old we see in the east year after year.

5/13/12   |   Debi_L   |   11784 respect

Happy to see the coyotes look a little flustered so far, as the Kings get the first goal....

5/13/12   |   Debi_L   |   11784 respect

I think of this prayer before every game now.  Really hoping they come out strong and take the first game.  If they can get that under their belt, the sky's the limit.

Then again, if they lose the first one, they will be more determined to win every game after that.

Damn, I hate the anticipation......

5/13/12   |   kteacher   |   34313 respect

Seems like a good place to post my prayer again. (I'm nervous as heck. Watched '93s game 6 and 7 vs. Toronto earlier this week. I have waited SO SO LONG for this moment again. It worries me that the Kings are getting recognized as possible favorites, but I'll get use to it. )  Anywhoo......the prayer...posted again ...courtesy of Surly Jacob from lakingsnews.com (I love these guys)

In the name of the Captain, the Son of Philly and the Holy Goalie.

Amen.

Bless us Oh Hockey Gods, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive, from thy bounty, through LA Kings, Our Team. Amen.

Blessed are You, Kings our Team and Team of our fathers, Team of Dionne, Team of Luc and Team of Gretzky, the great, mighty and awesome Team, exalted Team, who bestows bountiful goals, who creates all wins, who remembers the insanity of the fans, and who, in love, brings a redeemer to their fans’ children, for the sake of Our Kings.

Peace be upon no Phoenix fan, without mercy or blessing of Kings.

Holy Sutter, Holy Stevens;
We give you thanks
that your Schemes, Attitude and Leadership
Are manifest with Power and Pressure
throughout all zones,
within all lines,
and we accept your Tutelage now,
in defense and forecheck.

I pray to the wunderkind, the play-maker, destroyer of all cap space, the enemy of forwards, of great brilliance, the descendent of Orr and of Borque, the one who shines like the Dewey flower.

I invoke and call upon thee O Father Mitchell,
Lord of long stick, Master of all lanes and gaps.
I invite you to the blue line;
Defend it, sustain it, make it home.

As it was,
As it is,
As it shall be
Evermore
O Thou Carter
Of goals!
With the forehand
With the backhand
O Thou Carter
Of goals!
With the forehand
With the backhand

Voices above,
Voices of Fans,
Yell from your couch or barstool;
Voices below,
LA King’s Inner-voices,
Speak from the dreams of childhood;
So may our playoffs be beautiful.

Our Kings, who art in Phoenix
Hallowed be thy game.
Thy kingdom come, thy wills be done
On their ice, as it was on the Blues’
Give us this day our daily goals, and forgive no Coyote their transgressions,
As we pound into submission those who trespass against us.
And lead us past the third round,
Past these evil Coyote f**ks.
Amen.

Hail Kopi, full of grace, the fans are with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst players and blessed are the fruit of thy skills, goals.
Holy Kopi, dominant of centers, play for us sinners,
Now until the hour of our Cup.
A-f**king-men.