Lakers? No. Clippers? No. Kings? Hockey in LA? YES.
Currently only one win shy of a Stanley Cup berth, the eighth seeded Kings have literally walked through the top two seeds to get to the Western Finals in Vancouver and St. Louis. After defeating the Canucks in five games, the Kings would move onto the Blues and obliterate them as well, only to set up a matchup with the third seeded Phoenix Coyotes, the team that beat them out for the division and the higher seed, for a chance to move onto the Stanley Cup.
After stealing the first two games in Phoenix, the Coyotes appeared completely demoralized. Jonathan Quick has continued his marvelous goaltending throughout the postseason, as he has only given up three goals once, and that was all the way back in the first round in Vancouver's only win. Dustin Brown has fearlessly lead his bottom seeded crew into battle, followed closely by each line the Kings send on the ice.
Aside from tremendous goalkeeping, the Kings have also been able to score in areas of the game they were unable to convert during the regular season. They currently have four players with 10 or more points this postseason led by Dustin Brown with 15 and Anze Kopitar with 14. They have undoubtedly been led by these two studs, however, timely scoring and great defense has been as much a storyline as anything.
Dwight King, who has scored five goals this postseason, has a continued flare for the dramatic. He put in what would ultimately be the winning goal, early in the third period of Game Three, giving the Kings their commanding 3-0 series lead over the Coyotes. That was only one of his four goals he has already put in the back of the net this series. At only 22 years old, hailing from Saskatchewan, King has found his niche with the Kings this postseason, contributing on both ends of the ice.