GLENDALE, Ariz. Staples Center will feel a whole lot roomier when the Kings return to Los Angeles.
The Lakers are gone and the Clippers are gone. The Kings will have the run of the building and the undivided attention of its fans as they chase a goal whose seeds were planted more than two decades ago.
Well probably have to get a bigger bandwagon, said forward Dustin Penner, who scored the game-winning goal at 17:42 of the first overtime in the Kings series-clinching, 4-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final on Tuesday at Jobing.com Arena.
The victory put the Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1993 when Wayne Gretzky sparked a hockey revolution in southern California by guiding L.A to the first final in franchise history after his blockbuster trade in 1988.
Most of the current Kings were school boys or toddlers then, but they learned one valuable lesson from that ground-breaking club.
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