As far as Finals go, this wasn't the most compelling, but for fans of the Kings who have been waiting since 1967 for a championship, it will never be forgotten. The Kings are improbable and most worthy champions. From a stunningly easy five game win over the defending conference champion and President's Trophy winning Canucks, to a four-game dismantling of an excellent St. Louis Blues club, to a gritty win over the determined Phoenix Coyotes and culminating in a solid Finals victory in which they were best team, Los Angeles left nothing to doubt.
They were the best team in the playoffs from start to finish. Most years there are at least one or two teams that can rightfully say that but for a missed call here or a lucky bounce there, they could be champions. There is no one that came remotely close to defeating the Western Conference's #8 seed. L.A. stands out head and shoulders above the other 15 teams with a dominating playoff we haven't the likes of since the 1980's.
Most years, we look back on the playoffs in most sports and realize that the champion barely made it. Last year, Boston had to defeat Montreal in overtime of Game 7 just to get out of the first round. The Super Bowl champion New York Giants needed a Wes Welker drop to get the ball back for their winning drive. The World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals were twice down to their last strike in Game 6. To win a championship in the parity that is today's sports landscape, it seems that a healthy serving of good fortune is required. On the other hand, the Kings just won - no luck required. All congratulations to the entire organization are in order.moreless