There may be a Cinderella team or two left in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings aren't one of them.
The surprise in the Kings' improbable if not completely unexpected run isn't that they beat first-seeded Vancouver and second-seeded St. Louis. Los Angeles was a combined 5-3 in the regular season against the two teams that combined for 220 points.
It's the manner in which they beat the Canucks and Blues that's surprising. The Kings became the first team since the 2008 Pittsburgh Penguins to win its first two playoff series in as few as nine games. They trailed in the St. Louis series for all of seven minutes and 42 seconds.
Any shock expressed at Los Angeles' current standing came from the outside looking in. Within the dressing room, this is exactly where the Kings expected to be when training camp opened in September.
"I think that maybe in the media, maybe that's the way it is," Dustin Penner said after the Vancouver series of those who did not ...