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Los Angeles Kings defeat the New Jersey Devils in Game 6, win franchise’s first Stanley Cup

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

By Kat

LA Kings win the Stanley Cup

After the Los Angeles Kings took a 3-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals, it seemed all but assured that California would be getting its second Stanley Cup in short order. The Devils had other ideas, staving off elimination in Games 4 and 5, which was more wins than any other opponent of Kings had mustered this postseason.
But in front of their home fans and on the strength of two goals scored an early 5-minute powerplay – Steve Bernier was called for a boarding major that left him trending on Twitter immediately following the game – the Kings capped their playoff run in the same convincing fashion as when they started it. They are the lowest-seeded team to ever win the Stanley Cup (in the current format), but their 16-4 run to the Cup ranks among the most dominant in recent memory.

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Kings and Devils set for 2012 Stanley Cup Final

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

By Kat

It’ll mark the lowest seed to ever win the Stanley Cup, but the Los Angeles Kings (8th in the West) and the New Jersey Devils (6th in the East) are set to go at it for the greatest trophy in sport. It’s a contest between two similar teams: defensively-minded, hard on the forecheck and marquee names in goal. Both teams also win by committee, rolling and getting contributions from all four lines. Perhaps those similarities are leading many to think that this year’s Final to be a toss-up between the Kings and Devils, if this graphic from NHL.com has anything to say:

NHL.com makes their picks for the 2012 SCF

NHL.com writers make their picks; might as well flip a coin!

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Final Four: Predictions for Round 3 of the NHL Playoffs

Monday, May 14th, 2012

By Kat

stanley cup playoffs

If you’re a Canadian hockey fan, the idea of seeing NHL tickets for the 3rd round of the playoffs for under $50 seems like a pipe dream. But these have been no ordinary playoffs.

The postseason is the time ripe for unexpected twists and turns, and few could’ve predicted this year’s edition of the final four of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. To the lament of fans hoping to see a repeat of the star-studded lineups and presence of big-market teams of last year’s playoffs, the 2012 Conference Finals seem to mark a resurgence of pre-lockout hockey. (more…)