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Flyers West Update: Don’t fret, Kings fans

A whopping 45 years of suffering could have come to an end for LA Kings fans on Wednesday night. Their team was in a position to sweep the New Jersey Devils and win the team’s first Stanley Cup. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to get the job done. Disappointing? Yes. But don’t fret, Kings fans. They’ve got this. And here’s why: – These Finals mark the third time in the postseason where the Kings have been up 3-1 in a best-of-seven series. And, since they’re playing in the championship, you obviously know that they wound up winning those two previous series. …

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Flyers West Update: Kopitar Worthy of Conn Smythe Consideration

Instituted in 1965, the Conn Smythe Memorial Trophy is awarded to the Most Valuable Player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and has been presented to such legends as Bobby Orr, Ken Dryden, Mark Messier, Bernie Parent, Wayne Gretzky, and Mario and Claude Lemieux. If a winner could be chosen today, after two games of the Stanley Cup Final have been played, it would most likely be going to Los Angeles netminder Jonathan Quick — and with good reason. Quick has clearly been a factor in the Kings’ franchise-best playoff run, and has performed tremendously since the start of the season, …

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Flyers West Update: Youth vs. Vet in Net

With all of the different storylines weaved into the Stanley Cup Finals between the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils, it’s easy for some to fall through the cracks and not get much attention. But one storyline that seems to have gone with little mention is a major one — the opposites at opposite ends of the ice. The Kings and Devils have both had surprising playoff runs, and a number of different contributors to their success. Two huge factors have been the goaltending of Jonathan Quick for the Kings (12-2-0 with a 1.58 goals-against and a save …

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Flyers West Update: Gagne Nearing A Return?

There has been a flurry of activity surrounding Simon Gagne over the last two weeks. First, it was announced that he had been cleared for contact – terrific news after he’d been suffering from concussion-related issues over the past five months. Then, it was announced that he had participated in a full practice with his teammates. Most recently, it was announced that Gagne will make the trip to New Jersey with the rest of the Kings for the start of the Stanley Cup Finals. So what does this all mean for Gagne, who hasn’t played a game since sustaining a …

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Flyers West Update: Journey to Cup Finals Is A Team Effort

The Los Angeles Kings have had a remarkable run so far in these playoffs. They’ve knocked off the top three seeded teams in the West and have earned a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals. They’ve won all eight games on the road during the playoffs, and went 12-2 overall. And they did it all as a team. You might be saying to yourself, “Well, duh.” It’s true that sometimes, one player or one part of the team carries the rest on their back. An outstanding goalie can make up for a lackluster offense, or a group of high-scoring forwards …