Stanley Cup Finals 2012: 13-2 L.A. Kings Look to Emulate 1988 Edmonton Oilers

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Stanley Cup Finals 2012: 13-2 L.A. Kings Look to Emulate 1988 Edmonton Oilers
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The Los Angeles Kings cruised through the first round of the playoffs at a brisk 12-2 pace. While they were at it they didn't lose a road game. 

The NHL went to four rounds of best of seven playoff series back in 1987, supplanting what had been a four-round playoffs with a best-of-five first-round series. Since that time, the best record any team has managed to put up in the first three rounds is that same 12 wins and two losses LA managed this year. 

Last night, Los Angeles won the first game of the Stanley Cup finals 2-1 in overtime over the New Jersey Devils in Newark. This keeps them on track with the 1988 Edmonton Oilers, who are the only NHL team to go 12-2 in the first three rounds of the playoffs and then sweep their opponent in the Stanley Cup final.

This slideshow is a quick look at the other six teams who went 12-2 in the preliminary rounds of the NHL playoffs and how they did in the Stanley Cup final.    

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