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Quest for the Cup: Chronicling the Kings' 2014 playoff run

Looking back at the Kings' run so far in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.

  • That's how they rule: Kings win Game 7 again, reach Stanley Cup Final

    That's how they rule: Kings win Game 7 again, reach Stanley Cup Final

    They had not traveled so far and played so long, been through so much, to just skate away quietly and quickly into the night. A two-goal deficit for the Kings less than nine minutes into Game 7 at the United Center would not be the final word about these epic Western Conference finals. Kings forwards...

  • Kings face another test of seven after Game 6 loss to Blackhawks

    Kings face another test of seven after Game 6 loss to Blackhawks

    Did anyone truly think that the Kings and Chicago Blackhawks would manage to settle the issue in four, five or six games? Of course not. And so, one of the more entertaining playoff battles in recent years will continue on for a few more days, drifting into early June. The deciding game became...

  • Kings suffer double downer in 5-4 loss to Blackhawks in Game 5

    Kings suffer double downer in 5-4 loss to Blackhawks in Game 5

    Almost eight eye-catching minutes flew by — 7:56, to be precise — without a stoppage in play between the Kings and Chicago Blackhawks in the first overtime period at the United Center. The edge-of-your-seat, frenzied action surely had to favor a young, fast player by the time the second overtime...

  • Kings look like the regal deal, beat Chicago 5-2 for 3-1 series lead

    Kings look like the regal deal, beat Chicago 5-2 for 3-1 series lead

    One game from the abyss has turned into one game from the bliss of the Stanley Cup Final. The Kings may not always be the world's most interesting team in the regular season, but they have seized that mantle in the postseason and owned it in the month since they nearly exited the playoffs in the...

  • Jeff Carter does it again, leading Kings to 4-3 win and series lead

    Jeff Carter does it again, leading Kings to 4-3 win and series lead

    You suspect the Kings' thank-you notes to the Columbus Blue Jackets might be getting too long and too wordy right now. June 2012: The deep gratitude for the Jeff Carter trade. April 2014: Appreciation for sending Marian Gaborik out West to the Kings. May 2014? Ode to Carter, again. The proven goal...

  • Kings' dominating third period leads to 6-2 victory over Blackhawks

    Kings' dominating third period leads to 6-2 victory over Blackhawks

    Dungeons and dragons? For the Kings, at least captain Dustin Brown, the Blackhawks have been like a "mythical dragon." Chicago had won eight of its last nine games against the Kings and were within 20 minutes of taking another one. Then came an inspirational group session after the second period....

  • Transition game is lacking as Kings fall to Chicago in Game 1

    Transition game is lacking as Kings fall to Chicago in Game 1

    They have become so expert at moving on, from the highs after series victories and the lows after devastating losses. The Kings mute their emotions and simply get on with it. Except Moving Day never works quite so well against the Blackhawks. Chicago defeated the Kings, 3-1, in Game 1 of the Western...

  • Seventh heaven for Kings with 6-2 rout of Ducks

    Seventh heaven for Kings with 6-2 rout of Ducks

    When it comes to winning a big game, the Kings' knowledge in how to do so was a mismatch over the Ducks. That strength more than any other defined the Kings' 6-2 victory in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinal at Honda Center. From an early goal by Kings forward Justin Williams — his sixth...

  • Kings hang on to force Game 7 with 2-1 victory over Ducks

    Kings hang on to force Game 7 with 2-1 victory over Ducks

    Call it a self-fulfilling prophecy, missed opportunities or just another dramatic turn, but the Ducks couldn't finish off the Kings on Wednesday night, and hockey's freeway series is now going the distance. Riding a signature 21-save performance by goalie Jonathan Quick and goals by Jake Muzzin...

  • Ducks' 4-3 win over Kings in Game 5 marks the dawn of a new ice edge

    Ducks' 4-3 win over Kings in Game 5 marks the dawn of a new ice edge

    John Gibson made it sound so simple. "We knew they were capable of coming back. We just had to get the job done and find a way," the Ducks' rookie goalie said after his team stood up to a final, furious Kings rally Monday night at Honda Center. The Ducks and their 20-year-old goaltender hung on...

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