Dark Horse LA Kings emerging as favourites for Cup
Posted on 12:27pm Monday 7th May 2012
Underdogs Los Angeles Kings have defeated second seed St. Louis Blues in game 4 of a best of seven series, sweeping them out of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Los Angeles were the 8th seed of 8 in the Western conference, but have now successfully dispelled the 1st seed Vancouver Canucks and 2nd seed St. Louis. They surprised the majority of NHL fans, as Vancouver were amongst the favourites to win the Stanley Cup.
The sellout Los Angeles crowd were elated, expelling 19 years of frustration. LA have been eternal also-rans since joining the NHL nearly 45 years ago, although their team is looking exceptionally strong now. Goaltender Jonathan Quick has looked outstanding so far, making 23 saves last night. It is only the second time in the clubs history they’ve advanced to the conference finals. LA superstar Anze Kopitar said: “It’s a special group, and we knew that all along this season. Maybe we didn’t break out when we would have liked to, but I think we’ve peaked at the right time, and that’s the most important thing.”
Team captain, and personal favourite, Dustin Brown said: “I can only imagine how happy Kings fans are right now. They’ve been through a rough stretch, and to win on home ice, that’s huge for everyone in this room. It’s nice to see the fans get jacked up as much as they could. They haven’t an opportunity to celebrate like that at home.”
LA face the winnter of Phoenix’s series with Nashville in the Western Conference finals. The Coyotes lead 3-1, with Game 5 in Phoenix being played tonight.