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2012 Championship Stories from Kings Fans - What it Means to You [Merged]
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06-14-2012, 01:38 AM
Join Date: Dec 2003
Can't say it has fully sunk in for me yet either.
Before the season, really right after they got Richards, people started picking the Kings to maybe do something this year. Then the season starts to play out, and we all know how that looked. 10 weeks ago, Penner and Stoll should have been thrown-in's to get Carter, or just released for the sake of it.
Then the playoffs started. Richards has a great Game 1 against Vancouver. They go up 3-0 in the series before anyone knows what happened. Stoll gets the series winner in OT. They go up 3-0 again against St. Louis. Even though there's no way it can happen, they go up 3-0 yet again against Phoenix. Penner gets to series winner in OT. Everyone knows it can't happen again, because it's already been ridiculous and happened 3 times, but they go up 3-0 again against New Jersey. 10-0 on the road before their first loss.
Healthy enough that everyone but Clifford(and Gagne sort of) didn't miss a game due to injury. You can pick out a moment for almost every player. Richardson had only 1 point, but it was a goal that tied the game in the 3rd period of Game 5 against Vancouver. Kopitar, Brown, Doughty, and Quick all had so many moments that any of the 4 could have easily won the Conn Smythe.
The Kings had a chance to win the Cup in less than 20 games. That's crazy. The pre-season expectations, combined with the regular season they had, combined with the history the Kings made in the playoffs, makes for a weird Cup(don't know what a normal one feels like though). It was predicted that it could happen, but a total surprise how it happened.
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