For the first time in 45 years, the NHL’s Stanley Cup has been brought to Los Angeles. After blowing a 3-0 lead in the series, the LA Kings finally beat the New Jersey Devils tonight in the sixth game of the series.
from Kentucky.comIt’s been a long time coming. The Kings spent the first twenty years or so of their franchise meandering around the middle of the standings; sometimes making it to the playoffs and sometimes not. When Gretzky arrived in the late 80s, Los Angeles got excited over hockey. Even so, they continued to hang out in the middle of the pack, and the Gretzky led team was knocked out early on in the finals during his first few years here.
After years of fighting traffic into Inglewood to cheer them on at the Forum, the Kings made it to their first Stanley Cup finals against Montreal in the 92/93 season. We attended every single home game that year, including the playoffs. It was a rush to have our team do so well. Then in the 2nd game of the finals, with the Canadians down in the series, they requested a stick check on Kings McSorely’s stick. It was deemed illegally curved and the Kings were given a penalty. The Canadians won that game, and the Kings lost their momentum. The rest of the series was a bust as they lost the series 4-1. It was devastating.
For the next 18 years, the Kings played utterly disappointing seasons. Most seasons they didn’t even qualify for the playoffs. Even this year, their record, while decent, wasn’t anything spectacular clinching just third place in their division, 8th seed in their conference. However, in the finals they were on fire.
from hockeyfights.comPlaying a total of 20 games, they lost only 4 (only 1 on the road). Tonight they blew up the score board in the first few minutes and took the game 6-1.
Congratulations Los Angeles Kings!