And while the Lakers and Clippers still dominate headlines, it’s the Los Angeles Kings who are the hottest team in town at the moment. They’ve now won seven straight games while knocking out the top two seeds in the Western Conference. And Thursday night they return to Staples Center looking to take a commanding 3-0 lead on Phoenix and move one win away from the Stanley Cup Finals.
It’s an exciting time in the City of Angels. And it’s high time someone told the local media.
Earlier this week, NBC4 News in Los Angeles featured the Clippers, Lakers and Kings in a spot on their broadcast. Only problem was they used the Sacramento Kings logo. Doh!
Carefully coiffed anchor Chuck Henry and the fine folks at NBC4 made amends Wednesday evening, apologizing to the team and its fans for the mistake. But in a city known for just about everything but it’s hockey team, the snafu didn’t help L.A. boost it’s profile as a hockey hotbed.
Held back by an anemic offense that produced the second-fewest goals per game in the regular season (2.29), Dustin Brown and the Kings are the highest-scoring team left in the NHL playoffs (3.18). And with the white-hot Jonathan Quick backing them up in goal, Los Angeles is suddenly the most dangerous team in the field.
These types of seasons don’t come around too often — the Kings last reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 1992-93 when Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robataille were leading the way for a team coached by Barry Melrose. But that must seem like yesterday for the Sacramento Kings, whose last NBA Finals appearance came in 1951, when they were the Rochester Royals.
(H/T Puck Daddy)