And…We Fucking Did It.

It is sometime after 1am…I think. Surly and I are at the airport awaiting our Western Conference Champions.

I am amped on coffee, spiked with sugar, cream and victory.

My brain hasn’t completely processed the last 8 hours, give or take the 3 to 6 near heart attacks.

I do know this.

We eliminated the Chicago Blackhawks. We got our reckoning. We are headed to the 2014 Stanley Cup Final. We play the New York Rangers.

The Stanley Cup Final…

I am quickly forgetting Chicago.

Let’s win another Cup.

Go Kings!



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  1. I creamed with the victory too.

  2. How big was the welcome party at LAX?

  3. I wrote 358 days ago, and as last night sunk in I realized that this series was too big and I’m big enough a man to not let the moment pass without mention.

    Last season was a compressed blur in which it was hard to watch any other team. Once the season started it seemed a race as to when it would be completed and the urgency of the playoffs even more intense. This season stretched out luxuriously, to the point that the Olympic break was like a pit stop in which you got to stop and have a beverage and take a gander at the proceedings. The beauty of the NHL is that you skate to get into the playoffs and once there your record matters little.

    This year the playoffs were a perfunctory expectation, such is the case when you win a title. Unlike a few locals who can’t handle losing in any form, I knew how heavy the crown is wear and I knew that repeating as champions is more than just wishful thinking. This year’s Blackhawks team was essentially the same as last year’s, this year’s Kings team was certainly much different. You can’t hit what you can’t catch, but when it came to laying the lumber the Kings won out.

    What I’ve learned in the last seven games is how weird it is to see Darryl Sutter and not have the flashbacks to him in his #12 Blackhawks jersey. Weird because I see a team that mirrors his style of play, or the way the Blackhawks played when he was with them. Weird because as much as I like their current style of play I respected the way Sutter played the game, and now a greater appreciation for that style as reflected in the Kings. Too bad Bob Pulford never understood how to get the optimal talent for the style of play.

    At 5-11 I don’t know if Sutter would be big enough to play for the current Kings roster because when I watch the 70-line I see how size does matter. It matters in that at any time the puck is not being properly protected there can be dangerous consequences. Any time a player is not ready to protect the puck—because they don’t have their head up—or properly pass the puck, the consequences are there.

    The Kings won this series because they knew that at any moment they could get the puck and get a score. They dumped and chased and wore down the Blackhawks defensemen. The forced their forwards to do more back checking than their accustomed to. They stole the passing lanes forcing the Blackhawks defensemen to skate instead of passing on the breakout. The result became too many loose pucks in the Blackhawks end of ice.
    At one point during the second period the Blackhawks were skating circles around the Kings, but the next line shift resulted in the Kings being able to score just by hitting one player and forcing the puck loose.

    No, I’m not going to commit the Kings roster to memory, but I am going to watch the cup finals with a strong sense of familiarity. There’s Sutter, of course, and there’s the rest of a team that I hope will win the cup with a style of play that I know too well.

    Surly & Scribe, I enjoy the blog as a way to get some respectable hockey perspective and a pulse on the Kings. I looked forward to the finals and wish you, the Kings, and all of their true fans the best.

  4. At the end of the game I was on my feet yelling “we are going to the finals!!!” and crying and having 3 heart attacks!!!!

    That game was like riding a roller coaster with no lap bar and hoping you would survive!!!

    I just want to go and sit outside of Staples right now with my ticket in my hand waiting for Wednesday!!!

    When the game started I said they are going to win for my mom – because yesterday was her 81st birthday and she loves the Kings and we figured they just could not disappoint her right??? She was yelling at the TV and crossing her fingers and was so happy!!!

    Did you take any video of the team getting to the airport????

  5. To those of you who bitched a moaned about Martinez and Brown this season – please stand up and take your medicine.

    • I bitched about Brown. But he pretty much disappeared for most of the season. The GWG was Toffoli. If Brown had scored on that breakaway he had, that would have been his Bobby Orr moment. Brown is skating well again. Never bitched about Martinez, though Jake Muzzin has clearly grown into an ideal partner for DD, and I did talk quite a bit of shit about him. Muzzin and Doughty are gonna be names people remember for a long time. GKG \X/ WWTC

      • Martinez was credited with the GWG. I replayed that shot several times, and I could see no change in the wobble of the puck as it passed Toffoli’s stick. It was close, but his stick didn’t make contact with the puck, which would have changed to puck’s movement.

        Everyone played well … even Richards. There were no slackers in this game.

        • Hmmmm. Watched a bunch too. Looked like it gets ticked.

          • Actually, I was one of those who thought it was Toffoli’s until I saw that it was credited to Martinez. Then, I watched it over and over again. And I can’t see any change in the movement of the puck as it passes Toffoli’s stick. I don’t care. I just want make sure that the right player gets credit for that important goal. I’m sure Toffoli would speak up if he did slightly touch it. He would know!

          • Clutch Jr.

  6. It is interesting to watch the youth on this team develop into quality players. I was one of the individuals who slammed Muzzin for his lack of maturity and poor decision making. Now, he’s playing very good minutes. I’m sure he regretted turning his body toward the net when he attempted to block that shot that became a goal. But on the game winning goal, Nick Leddy did the same thing! Voynov and Martinez have made similar mistakes as they’ve grown into solid D-men. I guess Sutter DOES know what he’s doing. He certainly has a hand on the pulse of this team.

    I see only good things ahead for this team. They’ve shown the world that they CAN weather any storm. They’ve struggled with consistency this season, but they never gave up. They listened to Sutter, and followed his plan. He has this team peaking at the right time of year. And they ALL believe! Every single player gave his all to get this victory! Salute!!!!

    I’m thrilled that Martinez got that goal. Any shot on net could be a goal! He got a good look and took the shot! Goal!! He has a strong shot! Thankfully, Toffoli missed his attempt at a deflection, and not by much (I watched that goal in slow motion. The puck continued its saucering as it pass Toffoli’s stick.), so that the Kings could win this series!! That cancelled out the goal that went in off of Muzzin! That should make him feel better! Tit for tat! Unlucky bounce for unlucky bounce! Kings win!!!

    I felt so proud of the players as they all kept one eye on Kane! They were intercepting him, rather than chasing him, just as I had hoped they would! They did it!!

    That was one heck of a series! This entire Cup run, up to this point, has been one for the history books!

    It will be a wonderful thing indeed to see them lift the Cup again. They will need to go through my second favorite team (I’ve followed the Rangers since 1970), but I’m sure they’ll understand! :-)

    The Kings have never been more ready to do battle for the Cup. I’m sure, because the Rangers have also jelled into a good hockey team, that they’ll give the Kings a good fight, but the Kings have too many weapons. The Kings WILL win the Cup again!!

    I can’t hardly wait until puck drop on Wednesday!!!

    Go Kings!!!

  7. Compa Bobby do the players even acknowledge the fans when they drive by in their cars? I’m hesitant to show up when they do that airport stuff

  8. Anybody got an extra ticket for game 5? I live in Carolina now and am NOT missing the Finals this year. Since we all know this is going 7, if anybody has a beat on a Game 5 ticket please let me know.

    tkwondra@gmail.com

    • I dont wanna sound cocky…………. but if you really really have to see a game, you should try and get to game 1 or 2. Game 5 if necessary and all. GKG \X/

      • I love the Kings, but certainly do not see a sweep of the Rangers in my crystal ball! :-)

      • Schedule doesn’t work with Game 1 or 2, going to fly in for game 5 and stay for a possible watch party with six as well as the things I miss about California (90% being the Kings, 10% being In-&-Out). Then, have to return to the responsibilities of life and work.

        • Never quite understood the In and Out fascination. I’m a hamburger guy obviously. But I can think of a million things you can do in California that would be way more fun than waiting in line for an unfrozen Big Mac. Meat needs fire. My 2¢. GKG\X/

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