Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup Champions

The Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils by a score of 6-1 in game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The victory clinched the franchises first Cup Championship in the organization’s history.  The Kings won the series 4-2 as Jonathan Quick was named the winner of the Conn Smythe trophy.  Michael Bedard called the series as it played out in his Cup Final Preview. Congratulations to the Kings organization & fans as they celebrate. Continue reading

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Kings & Devils Faceoff in Unlikely Cup Final

I can only assume that part of the reason for this assignment is my residency in self-proclaimed Hockey Town.  One would figure that the city is abuzz with hockey fans getting ready to crown a new champion.   Truth be told though no one has said a word about hockey in Detroit since April 21st.  And therein lies the most disappointing part about this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs – they feel like they’ve been going on forever.

In the West the glamor teams in Detroit and Chicago were dispatched with ease leading to a Nashville/Phoenix series that went 5 merciful quick games. The Los Angeles Kings finished the fairly meaningless regular season as an 8 seed but like a buzz-saw cut thru top seeded Vancouver, only to face a 5 day break followed by the 2 seed St. Louis Blues.   The Blues fell even faster than Vancouver with the Kings sweeping a Blues team that looked utterly hapless for the series.  You could have told me that L.A. won 5 games in the series and I would have believed it.  And as a reward for dispatching the 1 and 2 seeds the Kings received another long break and a series against the 3 seed Coyotes.  Again the Kings made it look easy, this time in 5 games dispatching the Coyotes leading to AN EIGHT DAY BREAK!  As someone who watches an inordinate amount of hockey the scheduling for this off-season in the West was impossible.   1, 2, and 3 day breaks between series games meant that getting into a rhythm as an out-of-town follower was painful at best and severely adverse to living a normal life outside of Pacific Time .   It only took 14 games for the Kings to get to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals – but those 14 games took over 7 weeks from the end of the regular season.   Certainly the Canucks, Blues, and Coyotes struggled with the timing but for the Kings they seemed immune to the breaks.

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