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Stanley Cup Final Dark Horses

2011-12 Los Angeles Kings
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2011-12 Los Angeles Kings

After backing into the playoffs with two losses to end the regular season, the Kings became the first eighth-seeded team to knock off a one (Canucks), two (Blues) and three (Coyotes) en route to the Stanley Cup Final and then win the chalice. Meanwhile, in the Eastern Conference, the sixth-seeded New Jersey Devils became surprise finalists by upsetting the favored Flyers (5) in the second round and Rangers (1) in the third. Here's a look back at how some of the NHL's other dark horse playoff teams have fared in their quest for the Cup.

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