Isn't it in typical Los Angeles King fashion to keep their fans' hearts racing and heads aching? To accompany jubilation with disappointment?
The defending Stanley Cup champions, after one of the most dominant playoff runs in recent history, started off 2013 with an air of complacency and underachievement around the team. They started slow, and before you could even blink we were 10 games deep, and the Kings had a 3-5-2 record. They were in the basement of the Western conference and fans were starting to question everything they thought they knew about the 2012 playoff team.
Fast forwards seven games, and the Kings are up from last in the conference to seventh. Panic is turning into confidence. Coming off a truly dominant and playoff-esque third period against division-leading Anaheim on Monday, the Kings are showing us a few reasons why "panic" shouldn't be a word in their fans' dictionaries.