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Team chemistry showing as Kings close in on championship

Jun 10, 2014, 10:23 PM EDT

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The L.A. Kings have shown in these Stanley Cup playoffs to be a remarkable team.

They beat the San Jose Sharks in historic fashion, came back to eliminate the Anaheim Ducks, knocked off the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime of the seventh game in the Western Conference Final and are now one win away from their second Stanley Cup championship in three years.

They have four players – Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter, Justin Williams and Marian Gaborik – at the top of NHL post-season scoring and a goaltender in Jonathan Quick who isn’t necessarily lighting it up when it comes to statistics like save percentage and goals-against average, but has made the necessary saves at key times.

Mike Richards, with a contract of 12 years at $69 million and with the speculation of a buyout looming over his head, has still been able to chip in here and there offensively, gaining the praise of head coach Darryl Sutter just for his ability to contribute to a winning team.

Tanner Pearson has emerged, as have Jake Muzzin and Tyler Toffoli during this post-season.

The Kings are the epitome of a team. Jarret Stoll lauded the club’s chemistry, which could very much be celebrated when the Kings and New York Rangers meet in Game 4 on Wednesday, with L.A. needing only a win to clinch the silver chalice.

“We’ve got good guys in the room,” Stoll told LA Kings Insider.

“We’ve got good people. We’ve got guys that want to play the right way, aren’t selfish. There’s not one selfish guy in that room. We understand if there is a selfish guy in that room, we’ll either kick him out or he won’t play.

“That’s honestly the way it will work. Yeah, we all care about each other. There’s no cliques on our team. There’s no some guys going off here, some guys going off there.”

  1. sixchr - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Team character*

    A team could love each other and lose every game and still have good team chemistry. The Kings have good team character.

  2. lakerade - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    What a run these guys are on, go Kings go!

  3. blomfeld - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:10 AM


    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
    This day shall gentle his condition;
    And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
    Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
    That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day

    From Shakespeare above, to Lord Nelson’s captains at the Battle of the Nile and the 101st ‘Screaming Eagles’ Airborne Division in France, no professional sports team in existence today can claim the title of ‘band of brothers’ more legitimately than our ‘glorious’ Kings of Los Angeles ! Yes sir ! And as a fan of this game since 1966 and a supporter of the LA Kings since 1973, I can honestly attest in the famous words of Sir Winston Churchill … “never before in the history of NHL hockey, have so many owed so much to so few’… well, perhaps not so ‘many’ right now, but that’s changing eh ? :)

    God speed Jonathan & crew and may victory be ‘ours’ tomorrow !


    ps: great article Tucker ! :)

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