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The Kings' Road to the Stanley Cup

Text: Jake Lessick
Photo: Matt York/AP

Western Conference Final

The Kings entered the series against the third-seeded Coyotes with an 8-1 playoff record, the first eight seed to ever beat a one and a two in the same year. Once again, they started a series on the road, and once again they took a commanding 3-0 lead. Phoenix staved off elimination in Game 4 in LA, but the Kings continued their dominance on the road by closing out the series in Game 5, reaching the Cup final for the first time since 1993. It was their eighth straight road victory of the postseason. Jon Quick had a .939 save percentage and just eight goals-allowed. Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar were a formidable one-two punch, combining for four goals, six assists and a plus-9 rating. Brown also drew the anger of the Coyotes with a devastating, late-game hit on defenseman Michal Rozsival that created a visibily tense atmosphere on the handshake line.

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