Kings

The most surprising team in the Stanley Cup playoffs are the Los Angeles Kings.    They were 8th seed in the Western Conference and didn’t qualify for the playoffs until the next to the last day of the season.  They were inconsistent during the regular season, and fired head coach Terry Murray replacing him with Darryl Sutter.  Sutter has emphasized a more aggressive forecheck, and that has paid off in these playoffs. Plus the acquisition of Jeff Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets at the trading deadline has added more scoring.  Carter has 4 goals in the playoffs, and one of reasons the Kings are successful in the playoffs.  The other keys of their playoff success is goaltender Jonathan Quick.   Quick is having an amazing playoffs with a goals against average of 1.41 with 2 shutouts.  Team Captain Dustin Brown who was rumored to be traded is having a MVP performance with  7 goals and  15 points, plus inspiring the team with great all around play.  Anze Kopitar is chipping with 5 goals and 14 points.  Rookie Dwight King has 5 goals in playoffs matching his regular season total.    The Kings upset the Vancouver Canucks in 5 games, the St Louis Blues in 4 games and on the verge sweeping the Phoenix Coyotes.   After listening the Kings games on radio this team has all of the ingredients to win the Stanley Cup.     Whether they take on the New York Rangers or New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Finals.   Either team will have their hands full with the Kings.    If Kings get to the Stanley Cup Finals it will be the first time since 1993, and that year they lost to Montreal Canadiens in five games.     This time around it could have a different ending for these Kings.

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