The 2013-14 season was one to remember for the LA Kings. Throughout the year they showed they were a dominant team no matter what point they were at in the season. I guess you could say that this year’s playoff run was worthy of a Hollywood production with the perfect ending. Lets take some time to look through the top 10 moments of the Los Angeles Kings.
10. Sochi Olympics
The 2014 winter Olympics come in at number ten because of who the Los Angeles Kings had sent over representing their individual countries. Forward Jeff Carter and defenseman Drew Doughty were there representing team Canada. Captain and forward Dustin Brown along with goaltender Jonathan Quick both represented team USA. Anze Kopitar was also there representing Slovenia and Slava Voynov was representing team Russia.
9. Stadium Series
Although this wasn’t a game to remember performance wise for the LA Kings, it sure was a cool experience for Southern California fans. An outdoors game was played at dodger stadium on January 25th 2014. The Ducks ended up shutting out the Kings in a 3-0 loss.
8. Acquiring Marian Gaborik
During the regular season, the Kings offense was ranked 28th. They got a much-needed offensive pick up when they acquired Marian Gaborik on March 4, 2014 during the NHL trade deadline. They acquired Gaborik from their Stanley Cup opponents, the New York Rangers. It was a happy day for Kings’ fans, as Gaborik would end up becoming a major offensive contributor in the post season. He scored a hefty 13 goals and 21 points during the cup run.
7. Two Big Milestones
Earlier in the year Justin Williams scored his 200th career goal while facing off against the Calgary Flames. Williams scored the goal and who else would assist it other than Anze Kopitar, that assist ended up being his 500th NHL career point.
6. Martin Jones’ first win
Lots of memorable moments in the NHL come playoff time. This moment is an exception; the LA Kings were against their rivals, the Anaheim Ducks. After the game ended in regulation both teams were tied at two. The game ended up going to shootouts and eventually made its way to the 9th round where Dwight King ended up scoring for the kings to take it and Martin Jones saved all 9 shots in the shootout leading to his first NHL Win.
5. Comeback series against the San Jose Sharks
It takes a lot to come back from a 3-0 series deficit during the playoffs. The Kings did just that during the series against the San Jose Sharks. Only the fourth team in NHL history to make this kind of comeback, the Kings rallied to see another series against their crosstown rivals in the “Freeway Faceoff”.
4. Quick’s Shutout
Kings vs. Rangers, June 9th 2014 Jonathan Quick had a shutout that evening at Madison Square Gardens saving all 32 shots the Rangers threw at him. I guess if you look at it a certain way he could be compared to a brick wall.
3. Justin Williams Playoff Performance
Mr. Game 7 was nothing short of being clutch this post season. Williams had 25 points, 7 of them occurred during the Stanley Cup final. During Game 7s, Williams is now a career 6-0 with plenty of key goals and all the more deserving of the Conn Smythe MVP trophy.
2. Western Conference Final
Easily one of the most satisfying moments of this season was a year in the making. Last year, the Blackhawks defeated the Kings during double overtime in Game 5. This year, revenge was sweet when the Kings pulled out the win at United Center with Alec Martinez’s winning shot during overtime. The Kings were crowned the Western Conference champs and they were off to the Stanley Cup Final! This was the Kings’ third and consecutive road game 7 win during the 2014 playoffs.
1. Stanley Cup Winning Goal
Needless to say the number one moment this year for the LA Kings was when the Stanley cup goal was scored by Alec Martinez in double overtime of game 5 against the New York Rangers at Staple Center.