NHL Playoffs 2012: Recounting the Los Angeles Kings’ Cinderella Run so Far

May 12th, 2012 by Al Daniel Leave a reply »
The Los Angeles Kings are four wins away from becoming the third team in four seasons to reach the Stanley Cup finals after replacing their head coach at midseason. They are eight wins removed from being the fourth team in as many years to win the championship after starting their regular season in Europe.

Both objectives are more attainable than meets the eye. The eighth-seeded Kings finished a mere two points behind their Western Conference final adversaries from Phoenix in an ultra-competitive, albeit slightly under-the-radar, Pacific Division derby.

And who knows? Maybe if they had ushered in new coach Darryl Sutter one or two games sooner, they would be hosting Sunday night’s third-round opener rather than venturing into Jobing.com Arena.

On the heels of not-so-shocking, back-to-back first-round dismissals, the 2011-12 Kings wasted little time letting their promise perish with the leaves in the thick of autumn. A 6-2-1 run through the first three weeks of October promptly gave way to a 7-10-3 tumble.

At 13-12-4 overall, and with a cumulative 64-60 scoring differential working against his team, general manager Dean Lombardi ...

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