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Just how unusual is the Kings’ run?

May 6, 2012, 7:47 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: Ice before the game between the St. Louis Blues and the Los Angeles Kings in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Los Angeles Kings defeated the first seed Vancouver Canucks in five games and then went on to sweep the second seed St. Louis Blues in the second round. Even in an era of increased parity, what the Kings have accomplished is nothing short of shocking.

They aren’t the first eighth-seed squad to advance all the way to the semifinals since the birth of the salary cap. The Montreal Canadiens made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2010, but they didn’t make it look nearly as easy as Los Angeles has.

Montreal, propelled largely by goaltender Jaroslav Halak, needed seven games to defeat the Washington Capitals in the first round. The Canadiens won another Game 7 against the Pittsburgh Penguins before ultimately losing to Philadelphia in the semifinals.

The only other eighth-seed to get this far was the 2005-06 Edmonton Oilers. They beat the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Shakrs in the first two rounds. However, Edmonton won in Game 6 in each of those series. The Oilers eventually lost in the Stanley Cup Finals to the Carolina Hurricanes.

One other thing to keep in mind is that, since the current playoff format started in 1994, no eighth-seed has eliminated the top two teams in their conference.

In short, the Kings’ playoff run has already made history.

  1. 8man - May 6, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    This is the beauty of Stanley Cup Hockey. No one really knows what the hell is going to happen. Condolences to Blues fans, I thought they were going to the finals and congrats to the Kings.

    When it is all said and done, whichever team hoists that trophy will be worthy as they will have proved it on the ice.

    Go Bruins!

  2. bag217 - May 6, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    It’s the curse of Barry Melrose. He picked Pittsburg and Chicago before the first round, then changed his picks to Philly and St Louis for the second round. Kings fans better hope he doesn’t jump on their bandwagon.

  3. t16rich - May 6, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Kings were a favorite to win the west when the season started. It just took a long time for it to come around. They might be one of the best 8 seed teams ever.

  4. barroomhero80 - May 6, 2012 at 10:55 PM


  5. blomfeld - May 7, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    “In short, the Kings’ playoff run has already made history” ..

    If Dadoun doesn’t rock, then birds don’t fly and fish don’t swim !

    Like you friends, I’m also at a loss for words, such is the joy of our victory today ! Personally, I never had anything against the Blues like I did against the Canucks. But what a wonderful day eh … and what wondrous things must surely now lay ahead for us ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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