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Stoll and Greene have been down this eighth-seeded road before

May 26, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT

Matt Greene, Jarret Stoll AP

It’s an odd distinction but a fun one to note nonetheless. Kings teammates Jarret Stoll and Matt Greene have been in this position once before.

Back in 2006, they were members of the Western Conference champion Edmonton Oilers when they stunned the NHL on their way to a seven game series with Carolina where they ultimately fell short of winning the Stanley Cup. Now in 2012 they’re part of a team looking to pull off a similarly stunning run and as Rich Hammond of the Kings’ website finds out from Greene, the way the story is playing out this time around is playing out much differently.

“It’s a lot different,” Greene said. “There, it was a real underdog story. I don’t think anybody picked us to really do too well. Here, it’s different. We’ve been labeled underachieves for a lot of the year, and now guys got hot at the right time. There are a lot of similarities too. There, there was a lot of secondary scoring, which I think you need to get in order to get to the Finals. Our top players were our top players every night on that team, and they are on this team, too.”

The Kings now are underdogs in the sense they’re eighth seed in the West. With how they’re playing they don’t look that way. Remember, this was a team that was two points away from winning their division. This team plays dominantly on the road and all four lines play strong.

Having gotten a taste of the good life once before, Stoll and Greene, along with Mike Richards and Jeff Carter who had their chance to win in 2010 with Philly, won’t want to be let down again.

  1. namriverrat69 - May 26, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    As great and New Jersey is playing in these playoffs it will be a great series. A monumental seriesfor these two clubs. Will Brodeur win one more SCF or will it be Jonathan Quick how outlasts the elder statesman? My money is on my Los Angeles Kings. It will be a tough win which will go 6 or 7 games but the Kings will win in the end.

    LONG LIVE THE KINGS!!!!!!!

    • blomfeld - May 27, 2012 at 1:26 AM

      Town Crier: Long live the Kings !

      the People: Long live the Kings ! … Long live the Kings ! … Long Live the Kings !

      —————————————————————————————————————-

      I agree friend that this is going to be a great series ! But what I really love about this however, is that fact that you now two teams who nobody ever took seriously, especially in the case of our beloved Kings ! All these so-called “experts” were dead wrong and all the so-called “elite” teams are now either golfing, fishing or playing croquet (ie: as in the case of the Philadelphia Flyers) … you gotta love this stuff, eh ? :)

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