Remember back in February, just prior to the NHL trade deadline, when the Los Angeles Kings were in jeopardy of not even being in contention for the postseason, and Kings fans were clamoring for a big deadline deal to shake things up, and that things looked so bleak and the team was so desperate that they were reportedly willing to deal captain Dustin Brown if it meant landing a guy like Rick Nash in return?
The wait is almost over. On Wednesday, May 30th, the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils will finally take to the ice to begin the 2012 Stanley Cup Final. Although an unlikely matchup, both the Devils and Kings proved to be dominant in their respective runs through the NHL playoffs. Here is the schedule for 2012 Stanley Cup Final.
It’s almost easy to forget that the Los Angeles Kings have been missing a key piece of their team during their torrid run through the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. It’s easy because that piece—forward Simon Gagne—hasn’t played a game this season since he suffered a concussion on Dec. 26.
Gagne, who signed a two-year, $7 million deal with Los Angeles last summer with the expectation of being a top-six forward, missed 48 games during the regular season and has also been absent from all 14 of L.A.’s playoff games.
At the beginning of the 2011-2012 NHL hockey season, no one would have thought it would be the Los Angeles Kings heading to the Stanley Cup Final.
Struggling for offense all season, the Kings were lucky to get into the playoffs. But after that something clicked for them, and they came alive. Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar, Justin Williams, and Mike Richards are the point leaders for the Kings this post season, and they have been tough to stop. Jonathan Quick was outstanding in net for the Kings all season and has not disappointed during the playoffs. Posting a save percentage of .946 and two shutouts during the Kings 14 playoff games, Quick is proving himself difficult to beat.
If he wasn’t already, Dustin Brown is officially the most hated man in Phoenix today.
Not only did his five points and overall peskiness cause problems for the Phoenix Coyotes all series long, but it was his questionable knee-on-knee hit on defenseman it Michal Rozsival in the final minutes of overtime that left that left every hockey fan in the desert irate. That’s because after Rozsival had to be helped off the ice and taken to the dressing room, the Western Conference finals came to a bitter end moments later when Dustin Penner scored the overtime-winner to eliminate the Coyotes and give the Kings the 4-3 win in Game 5.
With everyone in the hockey world all but guaranteeing a sweep for the Los Angeles Kings and a subsequent trip to their first Stanley Cup final appearance since 1993, Shane Doan wasn’t quite ready to see his season come to an end.
“He showed why he is one of the top captains in the league,” forward Taylor Pyatt said. “We live to fight another day.”
This summer’s blockbuster features Chris Evans Marvel comics World War II super-soldier that was frozen in time. In the NHL playoffs, three teams feature American Captains in what is considered a Canadian game. For each of these players, they have preformed well and led their teams both on the scoresheet and in the locker room. With all apologies to the Canadian Captain Phoenix Coyotes Shane Doan, this article focuses on the other captains currently playing.
In fact, they just might be the greatest road playoff team in NHL history.
With their dominant performance in a 4-0 win over the Phoenix Coyotes Tuesday night at Jobing.com Arena, the Kings not only now hold a commanding 2-0 series lead, but with the victory, they’ve also continued their impressive road winning streak. They have won seven straight road games in these playoffs, tying a record last matched by the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks. Furthermore, they’ve won nine straight away from Staples Center dating back to last spring, which ties the record for most road wins spanning consecutive postseasons, previously done by the New York Islanders in 1982 and 1983.
After knocking off the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Canucks in five games, the Kings completed the first sweep of the playoffs by dispatching the Blues in four games with relative ease. Once again, it was captain Dustin Brown leading the way for the Silver and Black, netting two goals in the Kings’ 3-1 victory Sunday afternoon at Staples Center, effectively eliminating the Blues and sending the Kings to the conference finals for the first time in 19 years.
The St. Louis Blues find themselves one game away from their summer vacation.
Trailing the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 entering game four of a Western Conference semi-final, the Blues needed to win last Thursday night to get back in the series. Unfortunately, they could not pull it off. Although they started with more speed and aggression than in game two, they couldn’t stop the Kings’ offense, which has been on fire as of late. The Kings had goals by Dwight King and Drew Doughty along with a Gordie Howe hat trick (a goal, an assist, and a fight) by Mike Richards. Jonathan Quick also had a solid game in net for the Kings. However, he received a lot of help from his defense. Quick did a great job of stopping the initial shot, but he left a number of rebounds. The Kings’ defense was strong and did a great job of boxing out the Blues forwards so they couldn’t put in the rebound.