L.A. Kings: 10 Best Postseason Performers in Team History

Erik PaulCorrespondent IApril 21, 2011

L.A. Kings: 10 Best Postseason Performers in Team History

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    23 Apr 2001: Luc Robitaille #20 of the Los Angeles Kings moves the puck against the defense of Chris Chelios #20 of the Detroit Red Wings in Game Six of the NHL Western Conference Playoffs Quarterfinals at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. DI
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    The Los Angeles Kings have never won a Stanley Cup, but that doesn't mean there haven't been some Kings who have starred in the playoffs.

    With only one Stanley Cup Finals appearance in franchise history, there's a bit of a skew in representation towards the best team the Kings have ever had.

    Without further adieu, here are the 10 best Kings in Stanley Cup Playoff history.

10. Felix Potvin

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    TORONTO - DECEMBER 18:  Goaltender Felix Potvin #39 of the Los Angeles Kings makes a save against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the game on December 18, 2001 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada . The Kings won 3-1.  (Photo by Dave Sandford/G
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    Felix Potvin only played 20 playoff games as a King, but he owns the best career goals-against average and save percentage among all Kings playoff goalies.

    Potvin was also part of the 2001 Kings who pulled off one of the biggest upsets in team history over the heavily-favored Detroit Red Wings.

9. Marty McSorley

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    17 Feb 1992: Defenseman Marty McSorley of the Los Angeles Kings during a game against the Boston Bruins at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California.
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    Marty McSorley was never a prominent offensive player, but his play as "Wayne Gretzky's bodyguard" was very helpful to the Kings' getting goals.

    When Gretzky was informed that he was going to be traded in 1988, one of his prerequisites for approving the deal was that McSorley be shipped to Los Angeles with him.

    In the 1993 run to the finals, McSorley put up 10 points and delivered a crushing hit on Doug Gilmour in Game 1 of the Conference finals that set the tone for the series.

8. Dave Taylor

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    INGLEWOOD, CA - 1990:  Forward Dave Taylor #18 of the Los Angeles Kings skates with the puck against the Vancouver Canucks during the 1990-91 season at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California.  (Photo by Ken Levine/Getty Images)
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    Part of the Kings' famous Triple Crown line with Marcel Dionne and Charlie Simmer, Dave Taylor spent his entire playing career with the Kings.

    Taylor is third all-time in Kings playoff scoring with 59 points, and second in games played with 92.

7. Steve Duchesne

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    27 Dec 1990: Defenseman Steve Duchesne of the Los Angeles Kings and defenseman Dave Fenyves of the Philadelphia Flyers meet at the wall during a game at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. The Flyers won the game, 7-5.
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    Steve Duchesne is the scoring leader among defensemen in Kings' playoff history. Duchesne's consistency was very impressive: He put up 39 points in 43 games from 1986 to 1992.

    It would have been interesting to see if Duchesne could have made the difference in the 1993 Playoffs.

6. Kelly Hrudey

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    17 FEB 1992:  GOALIE KELLY HRUDEY OF THE LOS ANGELES KINGS DIVES TO BLOCK A SHOT ON GOAL DURING A KINGS GAME AGAINST THE BOSTON BRUINS AT THE GREAT WESTERN FORUM IN INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA.  Mandatory Credit:  Ken Levine/Allsport
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    The man who backstopped the 1993 Kings' team finds himself at No. 6 on the list for that performance.

    Kelly Hrudey's stats were far from spectacular—10-10 record, 3.52 goals against average, .887 save percentage—but he came up with key saves when the team really needed it, much like Grant Fuhr used to do for Edmonton.

5. Marcel Dionne

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    Marcel Dionne is arguably the best player in NHL history who never won a Stanley Cup. He is certainly the best to never have advanced past the second round of the playoffs.

    Still, Dionne had 20 goals and 43 points in 43 career playoff games for the Kings, so it's hard to say it was his fault that he never got past the second round.

4. Bernie Nicholls

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    1988-1989:  Forward Bernie Nicholls of the Los Angeles Kings. Mandatory Credit: Mike Powell  /Allsport
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    Bernie Nicholls boasts the second-best playoff points per game of any King with more than 10 career playoff games, thanks to posting 37 points in 34 games.

    Nicholls was traded to the New York Rangers for Tomas Sandstrom and Tony Granato in 1990. Losing the one-two punch of he and Wayne Gretzky at center hurt the Kings for the following three playoff seasons.

3. Tomas Sandstrom

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    17 DEC 1993:  TOMAS SANDSTROM OF THE LOS ANGELES KINGS IN ACTION AT THE BUFFALO SABRES. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart/ALLSPORT
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    Part of the return in the Bernie Nicholls trade paid off for the Kings in 1993, when Tomas Sandstrom scored 25 points in 24 games during the Kings' run to the finals.

    Sandstrom and Luc Robitaille flanked Wayne Gretzky, forming the best line of the 1993 Playoffs.

    Sandstrom ended up fourth all-time in Kings playoff scoring, with 45 points in 50 career games.

2. Luc Robitaille

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    Mar 1991:  Leftwinger Luc Robitaille of the Los Angeles Kings looks on during a game against the Winnipeg Jets at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. Mandatory Credit: Ken Levine  /Allsport
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    "Lucky" Luc Robitaille is the Kings' all-time playoff goal-scoring leader, with 41 in 94 games. Robitaille was a key part of the Kings' 1993 Cup finals run, scoring 22 points in 24 games and playing on the Kings' top line.

    Robitaille also returned to Los Angeles and helped the Kings upset the Detroit Red Wings in the first round in 2001. He ended his career in second place on the Kings' postseason scoring charts.

1. Wayne Gretzky

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    1993-1994:  Center Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings moves down the ice during a game against the Montreal Canadiens at Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec. Mandatory Credit: Robert Laberge  /Allsport
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    It shouldn't come as a big surprise to any Kings fans that Wayne Gretzky is the top playoff performer in the team's history.

    Gretzky ended up with 94 career playoff points in only 60 games with the Kings, including a dominant performance of 40 points in the 1993 Playoffs. It was the fourth-highest scoring single playoff in NHL history, behind two of Gretzky's Edmonton seasons and Mario Lemieux's 1991 Conn Smythe Trophy-winning effort.

    The most legendary moment Gretzky had as a King came in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals in 1993. He scored a hat trick and added an assist in what he would later call "The best game I have ever played."

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