Los Angeles Kings on Brink of Stanley Cup Berth

Lakers? No. Clippers? No. Kings? Hockey in LA? YES.

5/22/12 in NHL   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

The Los Angeles sports scene was hit with a tsunami this past weekend. Six professional sports games to be hosted at Staples Center from May 17-20, 2012 included two Lakers, Clippers and Kings games. Both the Lakers and Clippers were hosting the second round of the NBA Playoffs while their co-tenant, Kings were to be hosting the Western Conference Finals. The Lakers managed to win one out of two, the Clippers lost both and the Kings grabbed one out of two.  Los Angeles went 2-4 on the weekend, losing both NBA teams by this morning, while the Los Angeles Hockey Kings still stand strong.

May 13, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) looks on during game one of the Western Conference finals of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena.  Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRECurrently 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. 
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5/22/12   |   scquwi1   |   1232 respect

The Kings are one game away, and will either face the Rangers or the Devils, who are tied at 2 games apiece. This years playoffs have been great.