PHOTOS: Dodgers Nation Wishes The Kings Luck In The Stanley Cup Finals
UPDATE: Dodgers Nation would like to congratulate the LA Kings on winning the Stanley Cup! Dodger Stadium reacts to the win:
While the Los Angeles Dodgers continue to struggle in finding any sustained success, the Los Angeles Kings have navigated a difficult course through the playoffs and reached the Stanley Cup Final.
En route to winning the Western Conference, the Kings clinched each series by taking Game 7 on the road and became the first team in NHL history to do so.
The Kings were in a 3-0 series deficit in the first round of the playoffs against the San Jose Sharks before storming back to win the next four games. The second round meant a series with the Anaheim Ducks, which the Kings took a 2-0 series lead only to lose the next three games.
On the brink of elimination, the Kings responded with consecutive wins to reach the Western Conference Final. With an opportunity to play for the Stanley Cup, the Kings and Chicago Blackhawks played a grueling seven-game series that included two overtime games and the Kings nearly blowing a 3-1 series lead. With a memorable overtime victory in Game 7 to win the series, the Kings now face the New York Rangers.
The Dodgers and Kings organizations have held a friendly relationship with another, as each has hosted a night honoring the other team. Last season, Jerry Hairston Jr. and Brian Wilson were on hand to drop the first puck before a Kings home game. After the Kings won the Stanley Cup in 2012, the Dodgers hosted the champions at Dodger Stadium.
In January of this year, Dodger Stadium was the site for the NHL’s Stadium Series. That evening, the Ducks defeated the Kings 3-0 in front of over 54,000 fans in attendance. After taking Game 1 in dramatic fashion, the Kings are three wins away from reaching the Western Conference Finals.
Dodgers Nation wishes the Kings luck in the Stanley Cup Final!
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