September 21, 2016
This upcoming season will mark the 50th Anniversary for the Los Angeles Kings. The team recently revealed their "Golden Anniversary" alternative jerseys this week and they are quite snazzy if we must say.
Although the Kings hadn't won a Stanley Cup until 2012, there are still plenty of moments and players that have stood out through their 50 year existence. This week we focus on a few things we love about the Southern Californians.
Back When It All Started: The Kings pull of an upset win over the Black Hawks in their first ever season. Their first ever game was a 4-2 win against fellow expansion team, the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Kings Introduce The Great One:
In a huge move for hockey in California, the Kings introduce arguably the greatest of all time, Wayne Gretzky.
Whether you believe he's lost a step recently after dealing with injuries and surgeries, there is no denying that Jonathan Quick may be the funnest goalie to watch of this generation.
Stanley Cup #1 (2012):
In an emphatic 6-1 Game Six win over the New Jersey Devils, the L.A. Kings win their first Stanley Cup after starting the tournament as an 8th seed underdog. The Kings only lost two games heading into the Stanley Cup Final. Stanley Cup #2 (2014):
Two years later the Kings would win their second Stanley Cup, but in much different fashion than the first. After losing Game One to the San Jose Sharks 6-3, Game Two 7-2, and Game Three 4-3 (OT), the Kings would fight back from being down 3-0 in the series to win four straight and advance to the next round where they would face another fellow Californian team, the Anaheim Ducks. Once again, the series would go the distance, as the Kings defeated the Ducks in Game Seven. The Kings would face the Black Hawks in the Western Conference Final and as you could imagine...once again they won in Game Seven. After three series going the full distance, the Kings would find the Stanley Cup Final against the New York Rangers a touch easier, winning 4 games to 1.
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