2012 Los Angeles Kings and Biggest Cinderellas in Stanley Cup Playoff History

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2012 Los Angeles Kings and Biggest Cinderellas in Stanley Cup Playoff History
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The Los Angeles Kings are now at the halfway point of their unprecedented run to a championship. This is the farthest the team has advanced in the playoffs since their appearance in the 1993 Stanley Cup finals.

They were the last team to clinch a playoff spot in the Western Conference and are now the first team to earn a trip to the Conference finals.

It began with a five-game upset over the Vancouver Canucks in the first round, the team with the NHL's best regular-season record, and continued with their sweep of the St. Louis Blues, who tied for the second best record in the regular season.

Strong play from the likes of Dustin Brown and Drew Doughty, as well as the stellar goaltending of Jonathan Quick, have helped make the Kings a headliner in Southern California, even with the early success of Matt Kemp and the Dodgers and the the playoff runs of the Lakers and Clippers.

Staples Center could be booked solid for the month of May and the better part of June if all three of their tenants continue playing well.

Even if they don't lift Lord Stanley's Cup next month, the Kings' playoff run will be remembered by hockey fans for years to come like these other Cinderellas from the last 20 or so years.

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