The Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup as an eighth seed last year.
How many times have you been reminded of that leading up to the playoffs this year? From how many people? For how many purposes? For the favorites, it’s a warning. For others, it’s an inspiration.
“I guess,” said Kings center Anze Kopitar, “we’re the perfect example of squeaking in and then going all the way.”
Anything can happen.
“That is kind of pervasive now throughout the league, that whole sentiment,” said Kings general manager Dean Lombardi. “Just get in.”
But what does that mean to the team that set the example, the team that cemented the sentiment? The Kings don’t want anything to happen now, unless, of course, the anything that happens is a repeat championship.
What the Kings did last year was unprecedented, and what they’re trying to do now is unprecedented in its own way.
No one has repeated since the NHL introduced the salary cap in 2005-06. Only one champion has even returned to the final, the Detroit RedRead More »from Kings skate into NHL playoffs with lofty goal of repeating as Stanley Cup champs