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NHLA King-sized playoff run for the ages

Posted: Sunday, June 3, 2012 | 01:58 PM

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Drew Doughty celebratres his goal in Game 2 with Los Angeles teammate Jarret Stoll. (Paul Bereswill/Getty Images) Drew Doughty celebratres his goal in Game 2 with Los Angeles teammate Jarret Stoll. (Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

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If the Los Angeles Kings can complete the sweep over the New Jersey Devils with wins at home on Monday and Wednesday the Kings would become the first club since the 1987-88 Edmonton Oilers to post a 16-2 record en route to the championship.

The amazing Los Angeles Kings continue to compile one of the most dominant postseason runs in recent memory.

If they can complete the sweep over the New Jersey Devils with wins at home on Monday and Wednesday the Kings would become the first club since the 1987-88 Edmonton Oilers to post a 16-2 record en route to the championship (See list at bottom of this entry).

At two wins shy of the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship, here are some other tidbits about the eighth-seeded Kings unexpected run:

  • They have outscored the opposition 45-24.
  • The Kings penalty kill has gone an incredible 58-for-63.
  • They have extended their road win streak to 10 games this year and 12 dating back to last spring.
  • The Kings 10 road wins this spring ties an NHL record for most in a postseason, set by the Devils in 1995 and matched by New Jersey in 2000 and the 2004 Calgary Flames, who were also coached by Darryl Sutter.
  • They have gone a perfect 4-0 in overtime games.
  • When New Jersey's Ryan Carter scored the game-tying goal in the third period on Saturday, it was the first goal the Kings surrendered after two periods since Game 3 of the second round against the St. Louis Blues.
  • Kings defenceman Drew Doughty has 10 points in the last nine games, including three goals.
  • The Kings became the 12th team to win the first two games of the Stanley Cup final on the road. Nine of the previous 11 won the Cup. The two teams to over come a 2-0 deficit after losing the first two games at home were the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and 1966 Canadiens.
  • For the first time in 61 years, the first two games of the Stanley Cup final were extended into overtime. In 1951, all five games of the Montreal-Toronto went into overtime with the Maple Leafs winning the Stanley Cup.
  • Saturday's OT winner from Kings forward Jeff Carter marked the 25th overtime game of the 2012 playoffs. That's the third most in a postseason history behind 28 in 1993 and 26 in 2001.
  • The 2-1 result on Saturday also was the 49th game of this playoffs to be decided by one goal. The record is 51, set in 2007.
  • Maybe it's appropriate that the Kings have won all these games away from home because the road team has gone 46-36 this spring, which matches the most wins in a playoffs season, 46-41 in 1987.

Here are the records of the Stanley Cup winners since the playoff format went to best-of-seven rounds:

  • 2011 - Boston 16-9      
  • 2010 - Chicago 16-6 
  • 2009 - Pittsburgh 16-8
  • 2008 - Detroit 16-8
  • 2007 - Anaheim 16-5
  • 2006 - Carolina 16-9
  • 2004 - Tampa Bay 16-7
  • 2003 - New Jersey 16-8   
  • 2002 - Detroit 16-7
  • 2001 - Colorado 16-7
  • 2000 - New Jersey 16-7     
  • 1999 - Dallas 16-7  
  • 1998 - Detroit 16-6        
  • 1997 - Detroit 16-4
  • 1996 - Colorado 16-6    
  • 1995 - New Jersey 16-4
  • 1994 - NY Rangers 16-7
  • 1993 - Montreal 16-4
  • 1992 - Pittsburgh 16-5
  • 1991 - Pittsburgh 16-8
  • 1990 - Edmonton 16-6       
  • 1989 - Calgary 16-6   
  • 1988 - Edmonton 16-2    
  • 1987 - Edmonton 16-5

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