By Tyler Ruby on May 18, 2014
The Los Angeles Kings have already made history this postseason, and with only four teams left, the Kings are looking to make it two championships in the past three years. Standing in their way are three "Original 6" teams, but the Kings have the perfect makeup to lift Lord Stanley's Cup once again. Here are five reasons why they will once again claim sports' most hallowed trophy.
Momentum can be a team's best friend or its worst nightmare. For the Kings, momentum is on their side right now. They became the fourth team in history to come back to win a series after trailing 3-0. In the following series, the Kings erased a 3-2 series deficit to the Anaheim Ducks to advance to the conference finals. The Kings have everything going their way heading into their series against the Blackhawks.
The Kings have no fear when they go into their opposition's arena. They are 5-3 this postseason on the road, and that includes two Game 7 wins. The first win came in the "Shark Tank", one of the tougher places to play in the league, and the other came in the Honda Center. Their ability to win on the road will prove vital as they head to the "Madhouse on Madison" in Chicago. If they survive then Madison Square Garden or the Bell Centre await them.
Despite his 8-6 record this postseason, Jonathan Quick is one of the best goalies in the world. He has the ability to put his team on his back for multiple games at a time. He did two years ago during the Kings' Stanley Cup run as he was named the Conn Smythe winner.
The Los Angeles Kings needed scoring help during the season, so what did general manager Dean Lombardi do? He went out and acquired Marian Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets, and it has paid off. Gaborik has scored a playoff-high nine goals this postseason, and he gives them another scoring option other than Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar.
The Los Angeles Kings have the experience. They won the Stanley Cup two years ago after barely making the playoffs as a No. 8 seed, but they rode a similar wave of momentum in that postseason. The core group is still there, and they know what it takes to get it done.
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