NHL Playoffs 2012: How the Los Angeles Kings Got to the Stanley Cup Finals

The Los Angeles Kings have yet to let a playoff game get too far out of reach, never falling behind by more than two goals.

Out of 14 outings in the first three rounds of their 2012 run, their lone two losses have also been the lone two times they have trailed by two goals.

Other than that, the Kings have fallen behind on six other occasions and successfully elicited a response. Five times, they retorted within less than 10 minutes.

That resilience emerged in the first period of the first round and was on its grandest display last week in the game that saw L.A. clinch its passport to the Stanley Cup Finals.

In Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena, Alexandre Burrows spawned a 1-0 lead for the top seed and reigning Campbell Bowl winners at 4:17. But after killing a pair of penalties, the Kings pounced on their first power play and cultivated an equalizer from Mike Richards at the 13:31 mark.

They never trailed for the remainder of the night, eventually winning the game, 4-2, and the series, 4-1.

After Vancouver averted elimination and brought the series back home, Henrik Sedin offered hope to the home crowd with an icebreaker at 14:04 of the first period in Game 5. The Kings’ comeback stalled a little, but goaltender Jonathan Quick shook off his error and held off the Canucks until Brad Richardson finally put the visitors on board.

Jarret Stoll won the series in the resultant overtime. And since then, with the exception of a 2-0 loss in Game 4 of the conference finals, the Kings have not so much as waited until an intermission to recompense a deficit.

David Backes gave the St. Louis Blues the first lead of the second round with 9:16 gone in the opening frame. It would turn out to be St. Louis’ only lead against the Kings and it only lived for seven minutes and 42 seconds before Slava Voynov converted a setup...

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