When Patrick Marleau netted an overtime winner in the first round of the NHL playoffs to put the San Jose Sharks up 3-0 in their series with Los Angeles, very few still envisioned the Kings hoisting their second Stanley Cup in three years.
Too often in sports, people, myself included, will get caught up in the moment of a great game, series, or performance and declare it as “epic” or “legendary,” even if it really didn’t quite live up to such a billing.
However, the Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks was one of the best series in recent memory, not just in the NHL, but in all of sports.
Things are bad if you’re the Chicago Blackhawks.
After taking an early 1-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals, the ‘Hawks now find themselves down 3-1 and have been soundly beaten in every important aspect of the game. The Los Angeles Kings have outplayed the ‘Hawks defensively, in the face-off circle, and on the power play.
To be clear and fair, by “worst,” I mean the most disappointing, considering cities like Atlanta, Miami, Tampa and Charlotte have abysmal pro sports fans, and there are many places (New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, et al.) totally uninterested in collegiate sports. But what city currently has more disappointing sports teams, despite high payrolls and lofty expectations, than […]
The Kings entered the league in 1968 during the first of many expansions by the NHL and have sat idly by watching other teams hoist the cup and call themselves champions. Now it’s Los Angeles’ turn to revel in that glory.