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Kings gaining strength, drawing comparisons to 2012 championship team

May 27, 2014, 1:25 AM EST

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Three games into the Stanley Cup playoffs, the L.A. Kings were already on the verge of elimination. They’re now on the verge of making it back to the final series for the second time in three years.

That Kings team that won the 2012 Stanley Cup ran through every team like a hot knife through butter, if you’ll excuse the cliche. This year’s edition has taken the last three games against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final after a solid 5-2 victory in Game 4 on Monday.

The Kings went seven games against San Jose. They went seven games against Anaheim. But they can polish off the Blackhawks with a win in Chicago on Wednesday, although Chicago’s captain Jonathan Toews believes his team is “still alive in this series.”

The Kings’ surge in these playoffs, including most recently, has suddenly brought up comparisons of this team to the one two years ago.

For example:

Helps when Jonathan Quick finds his form. But the Kings feature four players – Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter, Marian Gaborik and Justin Williams – at the top of NHL playoff scoring. L.A., in these playoffs, is averaging 3.39 goals per game. They’ve allowed a fourth-best goals-against, at 2.61 goals per game.

“It’s tough because you try not to look back, really. You just focus on the next game. But obviously the one similarity is we’ve been able to win as many games as we have,” said Quick, as per LA Kings Insider.

“We put ourselves in a position where we have an opportunity to win a game to go to the finals. Our team two years ago was able to that. We were able to do that right now. That doesn’t mean anything as far as anythings going to be handed to us. We’ve got a lot to do to be able to earn that win.”

  1. khmerson562 - May 27, 2014 at 2:07 AM

    Los Angeles and New York would be nice. But they have to finish the hawks first. Go kings

    • billiam55 - May 27, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      lol from a NYR fan i dont really like that. LA is to dam good. scary good. gimme chicago!

      • rtookey - May 27, 2014 at 10:03 AM

        Doesnt matter who comes out of the east or west, west is gonna win the cup in under 5 games…

  2. blomfeld - May 27, 2014 at 2:16 AM

    IN THE END, IS IT ALL REALLY NOTHING MORE THEATER ?

    ________________________________________________

    blomfeld – May 2, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    ZIP IT FATSO ! … IT’S THE FRENCHIES WE’RE AFTER !

    *** earlier tonight at a worker’s pub in the Reinickendorf district of Berlin ***

    Blomfeld: you know, nothing would make me happier than avenging ’93 …

    Stransky: I agree comrade, as that was a ‘painful’ defeat for us …

    Meyer: yes, and if these ‘Canadiens’ get past Boston then ‘dinner’s served’ eh ? :)

    Blomfeld: ha ha ha, of course friend ! … nonetheless, we ‘probably’ still have some work to do ?

    Stransky: oh don’t worry Blom … the Ducks and Hawks are a complete joke, trust me …

    Blomfeld: God’s will ?

    Stransky & Meyer: God’s will man ! :)

    Waitress: würde Sie Herr-Sorge für ein anderes Getränk?

    Blomfeld: natürlich mein liebes….

    Waitress: Die LA Kings sind am größten !

    Meyer: you know the deal baby ! … victory is ours ! :)

  3. aldog83 - May 27, 2014 at 2:33 AM

    The 2012 Team still better.

    The Defense and toughness were amazing and 3-0 in 4 straight series on the Road!!!

    Against the TOP 3 WESTERN SEEDS! AND THE PRESIDENT’S TROPHY WINNER TO BOOT!

    will NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN!

    This 2014 team is great in it’s own right and much more gifted offensively.

    But let’s have this conversation IF the 2014 KINGS win the cup…

    I for one would love to have that conversation in JUNE….

    GKG!!!!!!!!!

    • aldog83 - May 27, 2014 at 2:35 AM

      Oh yeah….

      And beating a HOF goalie in the Finals with multiple Stanley Cup Championships!

      Even with less goal scoring talent!

    • charlieconway96 - May 27, 2014 at 2:36 AM

      Agreed, except, GABORIK!

    • 19to77 - May 27, 2014 at 4:13 AM

      The 2012 team leaned on Quick too much. Kopi and Brown scored at a fantastic pace but it was all about Quick at the end of the day. This version is better. Quick can have awful games like those first two against the Sharks and it just doesn’t matter. They, and he, will clutch it back. Gaborik, Kopitar, Carter… when you pile that kind of firepower onto a Conn Smythe winning goalie and a chronically underrated Norris-calibre defenseman like Doughty, you’re practically invincible. The Kings cram a ridiculous amount of talent under the salary cap. Lombardi has been long owed a GM of the year title. He’s built an absurdly great team, and he’s long overdue for some recognition for that.

  4. hrudey - May 27, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    The 2012 team was just amazing. This is different. It’s a discussion that would be fun to have, but you don’t get any awards for winning 3 games in a series (except maybe in San Jose, where they might put a banner up for that) or for 11 wins in the playoffs. If and when they get to 16 wins, that’s the time to compare the teams. Hopefully we can have that discussion soon. :)

  5. bildomatic - May 27, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    February 9th I took the Kings 16 to 1 to win the cup. Now that the Bruins are on the golf course all my chips are in with the Kings! GKG!

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