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L.A.’s playoff success this year is reminding people of 1993

May 6, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

Drew Doughty, Dustin Brown, Jonathan Quick AP

The Kings are just one win away from making the Western Conference finals for the first time since Wayne Gretzky helped them do it in 1993. A handful of superstars, some rag-tag veterans, and a hot goalie helped those Kings make the Stanley Cup finals. Sound familiar?

Much like that ’93 team, these Kings wear silver and black and as legendary play-by-play voice of the Kings, Bob Miller, tells Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times in her terrific retrospective on the Kings’ past, this Kings team reminds him a lot of how that ’93 team made their run.

“I was thinking that this year is almost similar to ’93, where people got hot at the right time and played well at the right time,” Miller said. “Because I don’t recall anything during the regular season where you thought, ‘This team could do it,’ especially with Gretz out for half of the season.”

You certainly can’t say at any point during this season you thought the Kings would be capable of a deep playoff run. They fiddled about through most of the year. They managed to play so poorly they got their coach fired (Terry Murray) only to have GM Dean Lombardi read them the riot act and bring in Darryl Sutter.

Now that they’re deep into the playoffs, the Kings look like the team many thought we’d see before the year started.

Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown are playing huge. Mike Richards is playing hard at both ends of the ice while Drew Doughty is looking like the Norris Trophy finalist he was a couple seasons ago. Throw in some Jonathan Quick mastery in goal and you’ve got a team that’s playing perhaps the best hockey in all the playoffs.

  1. sjsharksfan11 - May 6, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Blomfeld = lunatic

    • blomfeld - May 6, 2012 at 1:16 PM

      hello friend … and a happy Sunday to you as well … :)

  2. highlander24 - May 6, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Unlike 1993, this year we need to finish with a STANLEY CUP!!!!!!!!! GO KINGS GO!!!!!!!!!

    • blomfeld - May 6, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      YES AND NO …

      Friends … I remember that series like it was only yesterday. Yes it was a great ride, with Wayne in our vanguard “personally” leading the way ! Such joy, such hope, such promise ! … and then when it looked like we were actually going to do it, came that “under-handed and cowardly” call by that Frenchman on McSorely’s stick … such sadness … such darkness 😦

      But that was then and this is now ! :) Granted, there are some legitimate comparisons to be made. However, when you step back and look at the two teams in their entirety, it then becomes clearly evident that there’s a world of difference between them ! I can honestly say that in all my 38 years of LA Kings support, never before have I seen our team better prepared, better equipped or better coached than this one ! Both our offense and defense is “bristling” with deadly firepower and we have the absolute very “best in the business” in net ! Yet it doesn’t stop there … besides being a genius, our coach is a “stand up” comedian who brings smiles to people’s faces with the utterance of just a single word ! … we have players who love being throttled into the boards because “it feels so pure” ! … and on and on and on … so with all due respect to Gretzky and company back then, the fact is that this is the “very best” LA Kings team ever ! :)

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

  3. namriverrat69 - May 6, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    As a Kings fan for 40 years and season ticket holder form almost 30, we know how it is to see our team dissed by the media. While I’m getting a kick out of all the positive things that are being said about my Kings and seeing how well they are playing, I have to say that Phoenix is also playing a great game. No one is saying anything about how well the Coyotes are playing and their goal tender is also no slouch either. Their lack of acknowlegement will be a great motivational attitude adjuster should we both meet up in the Western Conference finals which looks more and more possible. I mean, Phoenix did win the division. It would/will be a great series and possibly the best one of the playoffs.

    Go Kings!!

    • blomfeld - May 6, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      Fear not friend … after the number we did on the Canucks, I’m convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that we can beat anyone, anywhere, anytime ! … the sky is the limit for us ! :)

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

  4. shaqattaqer - May 6, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    If by reminding people of 1993 this person means that LA will not win the Cup, then yes that sounds correct.

  5. ihateclevelandandphillyandbaltimore - May 6, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    It’s reminding me that seeding in the NHL means nothing.

  6. dannythebisforbeast - May 6, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Just don’t expect Jeff carter to contribute much and you will never be diss appointed

  7. proudliberal85392 - May 6, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    namriverrat69: As a huge Coyotes fan, I appreciate your kind words. Kings/Yotes in the Western final? Now, that would be fun!

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