Feels Like It Was Just Yesterday - Part 2
The following is a quick recap of the Kings playoff march to the 2012 Stanley Cup Championship. In part two includes the Western Conference Final and Stanley Cup Final
The following is part two of a two part series that takes a look back at the 2012 Kings unforgettable run to the Stanley Cup Championship. Click Here for part one of the series.
Western Conference Final
LA vs. Phoenix – Game 1
Dwight King scored his second goal of the game into an empty net and the Kings dominated from the start to open the Western Conference Final series with a 4-2 victory over the Coyotes in Phoenix on May 13. Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist, King had his first career two-goal game and Los Angeles outshot Phoenix 48-27 to win its sixth straight road playoff game. Anze Kopitar opened the Kings scoring with a first period goal, Trevor Lewis added two assists and Jonathan Quick collected 25 saves while posting his ninth win in 10 outings.
LA vs. Phoenix – Game 2
The Kings took control of the Western Conference Final series with another dominating performance, beating the Coyotes 4-0 in Phoenix on May 15 to match an NHL record with their seventh straight road playoff victory. Jeff Carter scored three goals and Jonathan Quick stopped 24 shots as the Kings opened a 2-0 series lead over the Coyotes. Dwight King scored his third goal in two games for the Kings, and Quick tied Felix Potvin's team record with his third career playoff shutout. Carter’s hat trick was the first for the Kings in the playoffs since Wayne Gretzky recorded one in 1993. The Kings also matched another record by winning nine straight road playoff games over two seasons.
LA vs. Phoenix – Game 3
Anze Kopitar scored the tying breakaway goal and Dwight King added the winner early in the third period as the Kings rolled to the brink of their first Stanley Cup Final in 19 years with a 2-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final series at STAPLES Center on May 17. Jonathan Quick made 18 saves as the Kings improved to 11-1 during the postseason and 4-1 on home ice.
LA vs. Phoenix – Game 4
Shane Doan scored two goals and Mike Smith made 36 saves as the Phoenix Coyotes avoided playoff elimination with a 2-0 victory in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final series at STAPLES Center on May 20. Jonathan Quick stopped 19 shots for the Kings, who were shut out for the first time during the 2012 postseason. Doan’s first goal was scored on a power play, snapping a Kings streak of 30 straight penalties killed.
LA vs. Phoenix – Game 5
Dustin Penner scored 17:42 into overtime and the Kings beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final series at Phoenix on May 22 to earn their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final since 1993. Los Angeles closed out Phoenix with its NHL record eighth straight road victory of the playoffs to become the first team to go undefeated on the road en route to the Stanley Cup Final. Anze Kopitar scored Los Angeles' fifth short-handed goal of the playoffs, Drew Doughty had a goal and an assist, and Mike Richards also scored as the Kings improved to 12-2 in the playoffs. Jonathan Quick stopped 38 shots and the Kings fired 51 shots at Mike Smith, the Phoenix netminder.
Stanley Cup Final
LA vs. New Jersey – Game 1
Anze Kopitar scored on a breakaway at 8:13 of overtime as the Kings beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final series in New Jersey on May 30. The win gave the Kings a ninth straight road victory during the playoffs and the team improved to 13-2 overall during the postseason. Colin Fraser opened the scoring for the Kings with a first period goal. Jonathan Quick stopped 16 of the 17 shots he faced to post the win.
LA vs. New Jersey – Game 2
Jeff Carter scored 13:42 into overtime to give the Kings a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final series in New Jersey on June 2. Jonathan Quick made 32 saves to help Los Angeles earn its 10th consecutive road win during the postseason, and its 12th in a row over the last two seasons. Both are NHL records. Drew Doughty opened the scoring for the Kings with a spectacular goal as he began with the puck in his own end and then skated through and around several defenders before beating Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur with a well-placed wrist shot. The Kings outshot the Devils 11-3 in the overtime session to win their third consecutive overtime game and fourth overall during the 2012 postseason.
LA vs. New Jersey – Game 3
Jonathan Quick made 22 saves to post his third shutout of the postseason and Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams each had a goal and an assist as the Kings beat New Jersey 4-0 at STAPLES Center on June 4 to take a 3-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final. With the victory, the Kings became the first team in NHL history to take a 3-0 series lead in all four series in one playoff season. A crowd of 18,764 cheered as Alec Martinez and Jeff Carter also scored for the Kings, who improved to 15-2 overall during the postseason. The Martinez goal came early in the second period. The Kings went 6-for-6 on the penalty kill and they successfully killed off a lengthy Devils 5-on-3 man-advantage in the opening period.
LA vs. New Jersey – Game 4
Adam Henrique scored the tie-breaking goal with 4:29 to play and Martin Brodeur made 21 saves as New Jersey beat the Kings 3-1 to avoid a sweep in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, played at STAPLES Center on June 6. Patrik Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk also scored third period goals for the Devils, who prevented Los Angeles from equaling Edmonton's 16-2 run through the 1988 postseason. All four goals were scored in the third period. Drew Doughty was credited with the Kings lone goal. Jonathan Quick finished with 21 saves and lost for only the third time during the 2012 postseason. A record crowd of 18,867 attended the game.
LA vs. New Jersey – Game 5
Bryce Salvador scored on a deflection off a defenseman to give New Jersey a 2-1 victory over the Kings in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final series in New Jersey on June 9. Zach Parise also scored for the Devils as he ended a personal five-game goal drought and Martin Brodeur stopped 25 shots to help the Devils end the Kings' 10-game postseason winning streak on the road and 12-game postseason winning streak on the road over the past two years, both NHL records. Justin Williams scored the lone goal for the Kings with Matt Greene assisting. The Kings outshot the Devils 26-19 in the game.
LA vs. New Jersey – Game 6
Jeff Carter and Trevor Lewis scored two goals apiece and Jonathan Quick finished with 17 saves as the Kings beat the New Jersey Devils 6-1 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final series at STAPLES Center on June 11, becoming the first eighth-seeded playoff team to ever win the storied Stanley Cup trophy. Dustin Brown added a goal and two assists and Mike Richards, Drew Doughty and Dwight King all chipped in with two assists for the Kings, who wrapped up the 2012 postseason with a 16-4 record. The Kings took control of the game in the first period by scoring three straight power play goals after the Devils Steve Bernier was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding Rob Scuderi. Scudery left the game after the hit but returned to the game in the second period. Matt Greene closed the scoring with a third period goal and soon after that the Kings were awarded the Stanley Cup for the first time in the franchise’s 45-year history. Quick took home the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP and Brown and Anze Kopitar tied for the team lead as each collected 20 points during the Kings 20-game run to the championship.