The Los Angeles Kings’ Road to the 2014 Stanley Cup

The comeback Kings knew only one way to win their second Stanley Cup in three years: from behind. Whether it was being down zero games to three against the San Jose Sharks in the first round or dropping three games in a row to the Anaheim Ducks in Round 2, the Kings dug a grave seemingly for themselves only to pull a bait and switch and hurl their opponents under the earth.

The Kings became the only team in NHL history to play 21 games through the first three rounds and actually advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. And though they played from behind in Games 1 and 2 at home against the New York Rangers, their sweep of the Rangers was so non-Kingly. A four-game sweep? Where's the fun in that?

Through two months of the playoffs, Kings fans are lucky have to any nails above the cuticle. Knowing the result of this long, long ride will take the suspense and the stress out of reliving it. 

The road the Kings took started in San Jose, where it looked like it would also end. Read on to take the road less traveled, now worn to the dirt by those comeback Kings.

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