Found June 05, 2012 on Fox Sports West:
Three games into the Los Angeles Kings' Stanley Cup Final series against the New Jersey Devils, the only remaining question is whether the parade route will travel down Figueroa or Olympic. Amongst the backdrop of constant "We Want the Cup" chants by a Staples Center record crowd of 18,764, the eighth-seeded Kings improved to 15-2 in the 2012 postseason with an emphatic 4-0 victory that gives them a three games to none series lead, placing the 45-year old franchise one victory away from its very first Stanley Cup. In a season in which he could very well pull off a trifecta of winning the Stanley Cup, the Vezina Trophy and the Conn Smythe Trophy, Jonathan Quick may have turned in his very best performance. Amongst his 22 saves came jaw-dropping larceny on Zach Parise and Travis Zajac during a 5-on-3 penalty kill and a deflection off his glove to rob Zajac again while the team was ahead by four goals in the third period. While Quick has been every bit as worthy of the praise heaped upon him during this improbable-if-not-Cinderella playoff run, several skaters have more than rewarded general manager Dean Lombardi for the faith he instilled in them in attempting to rebuild a franchise that had already gone through a bevy of organizational face lifts. They say "follow your shot" in basketball, and Justin Williams did just that in punctuating Monday's win, snapping home his own rebound to put Los Angeles up 4-0 amidst several indifferent New Jersey defenders that allowed him unfettered access to their net. Acquired on March 4, 2009, Williams' arrival came two and a half seasons into Lombardi's tenure. While he hadn't experienced the entire turnaround that had begun shortly before the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, the acquisition of a player whose empty net goal cemented Carolina's Stanley Cup run in 2006 was a major catalyst in helping reshape the Kings' skill up front. "I'm certainly privileged and extremely happy I've been able to play with some really good players. I'm on a line right now with Kopie and Brownie who are playing extremely well and are dominant players out there," Williams said. "Dean brought me in just to be another piece just like everyone else. He had a vision. His vision is a Cup-winning team. We're close, but we have another hard one to go." Speaking of trade acquisitions that have sped up the construction process of a team that has seemed to build Rome in a day, Jeff Carter scored for the second consecutive game. Including the regular season and playoffs, Los Angeles is now 28-7-3 since he was acquired from Columbus for Jack Johnson and a first round draft pick on February 23. Fittingly, the feed on the one-timed shot came from former Flyers teammate and fellow trade acquisition Mike Richards, who is a win away from completing his own trifecta of winning the World Junior Championships, the Memorial Cup and a Stanley Cup. "I couldn't ask for a better place to be right now," Carter said. "I got an opportunity to come here, play in the playoffs, play on a great team. We're one win away from the Stanley Cup now. It's pretty exciting." In 2007-08, the Kings endured a last place finish in the Western Conference, a vast eight points behind the 14th-place St. Louis Blues. No other western team finished within 25 goals of their alarming 266 goals against, necessitating a June, 2008 trade that brought along building blocks in defenseman Matt Greene and center Jarret Stoll, two players intertwined with the team's stalwart defensive systems and penalty killing. Los Angeles' goals against have declined every year since the two joined the club to the point where the team's 179 goals against in 2011-12 is a franchise best, save for the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season when the team allowed 174 goals in 48 games. "It means a lot," Stoll said of Lombardi's faith in bringing him and Greene aboard, "and you want to bring your game and show him he made the right decision in trading for us. We were both part of the same trade, and we wanted to win here. That was our first meeting with Dean. We wanted to win. This organization had never won before, you know, he told us, we've got to win a cup, we've got to win a cup in L.A. and it would be the best time of our lives,' and he's right." "We're close, but we've got a long ways to go. It feels good that someone put the faith in you to count on you in those situations." It has been said many times that the fourth game of a playoff series is the hardest to win, though for the Kings, three previous three-games-to-none series leads this postseason has the team focused on what they have to do to make sure they don't board a plane to Newark Thursday morning. "We've gone up 3-0 in every series, and the fourth game we've lost two out of three times at home," said Dustin Penner, a Lombardi trade acquisition who has 11 points this postseason. "We want to change that pattern, but we know it's not going to be easy." A Game 4 win on Wednesday won't only change their postseason pattern it would redefine the pattern of an organization that would love nothing more than to celebrate reaching middle age by parading through downtown L.A. with a Stanley Cup.

Kings' Carter forging a new legacy in LA

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Jeff Carter's blond, scruffy playoff beard is just long enough to obscure the chip on the Los Angeles Kings forward's shoulder. It reveals itself when talking about his path to Southern California. "A lot of people were doubting me out there," Carter told reporters at the Toyota Center on Sunday. "I know that. This an opportunity to...

Jonathan Quick’s Numbers Are Off The Charts

from Kevin Allen of USA Today, Quick had a 22-save shutout in Monday’s 4-0 victory to lower his goals-against average to 1.36 and improve his save percentage to .950. Quick’s postseason goals-against average is the best recorded by a Stanley Cup Final goalie, with a minimum of 10 games played, since Frank Brimsek’s 1.25 in 12 games for the Boston Bruins in 1939. “He’s...

Nobody Is Watching The Stanley Cup Finals

Kings fans deserve the Stanley Cup just for their heckling. As I wrote a few weeks ago, it was very easy for NHL experts and analysts to label the Los Angeles Kings a Cinderella story because of how bad they sucked early on in the season. They were bad enough to get their coach fired and they were bad enough early on that it took a hell of a late season run to avoid missing the playoffs...

Scoop Cooper: Farewell Fran Rubert (1949-2012), a Good and Gentle Man

While the Los Angeles Kings are poised to win their first Stanley Cup tonight, one passionate hockey man will unfortunately not be able to watch "Doc" Emrick call the game as Fran Rubert, the founder and managing editor of "Center Ice Magazine", lost his valiant battle with cancer on Tuesday. A long time fixture of the Philadelphia hockey community, Fran was just...

Devils hoping for miracle after 4-0 loss to Kings

Only three NHL teams have rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series, and just one - the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs - did it in the Stanley Cup finals. So the New Jersey Devils will either make history, or soon be history. With a 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 of the finals on Monday night, the Devils were pushed to the brink of elimination after a 102-point...


Stop blaming Dan O'Halloran. He didn't see the puck. Get over it. It's not like the refs didn't give the Devils ample opportunities to score. 6 in fact. The Dustin Penner breeze by that Brodeur did his best Luongo imitation was a joke as well as the slew foot that Koval-choke placed on Quick that was completely ignored by the zebra's. The fact that...

Kings land a massive TV deal with Fox Sports West

As player agent Allan Walsh so expertly put it on Twitter, the Los Angeles Kings have “struck while the iron is hot”: According to the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shakin, the Kings inked a $250 million deal with Fox Sports West, though it isn’t necessarily due to the Kings’ playoff success: The Kings and Fox Sports have reached agreement on a new television contract, providing...

Kings offer reward in shooting

The Los Angeles Kings contributed half of the $100,000 reward being offered Wednesday for information leading to the capture of the person who shot dead a one-year-old boy amid apparent gang warfare in the city.

Video- The Los Angeles Kings’ Playoff Run

All the video highlights of the 2012 NHL Playoffs.

Mike and Mike’s Stanley Cup Finals Game One Q&A

By: Mike Luciano (@MikeLuci) My good friend Michael Stuart is the founder of the hockey website and is a revered Los Angeles Kings fan that provides some of the best coverage on not just the Kings but on the ongoing events of the hockey world in general. Writing for different hockey websites, Mike and I have decided to team up for the Stanley Cup Finals...

Is It Too Early To Plan The Parade In LA?

from Chris Johnston of the CP at the Globe and Mail, The championship series is shifting across the continent to Staples Center and the Kings have a chance to wrap it up on home ice. The eighth-seeded team in the Western Conference has gone an amazing 14-2 in these playoffs, leaving many of their fans with the feeling that the first championship in franchise history is only days...

Cardboard heads of ‘Jersey Shore’ cast members made their appearance behind the New Jersey Devil’s bench last night

The Los Angeles Kings took a commanding 3-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Finals after last night’s 4-0 win over the New Jersey Devils. And to add insult to injury, a few rather creative Kings fans who were seated right behind the Devils’ bench held up huge cardboard heads of ‘Jersey Shore’ cast members. Well done, Kings fans. Well done indeed. [NY Daily News]

Kings cashing in on playoff success

The Los Angeles Kings are cashing in on their playoff success. The team recently announced that they have reached an agreement with Fox Sports on a new television contract that will keep Kings hockey on Fox Sports West through 2024. In the deal the Kings are guaranteed a sum of approximately $250 million.  The deal, as reported by the LA Times, not only paints a clear picture of...

Todd Cordell: Stanley Cup Final Preview: New Jersey Devils @ Los Angeles Kings - Game 3

*stats based on playoffs. Match-up - Devils (12-8) @ Kings (14-2) Road/Home records*- 6-4 -------------- 4-2 TV - NBCSN (HD), CBC (HD), RDS (HD) Puck drop - 8:00 PM ET Series score - Kings lead 2-0 Projected starting goalies - Martin Brodeur (NJ) vs. Jonathan Quick (LA) Battle of the stats Goals for/against per game * Los Angeles - 2.81 / 1.50 New Jersey - 2.65...
NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.