2014 Cup Run: Reflecting on the Review

Kings win! Kings win their second Stanley Cup! A double overtime victory that also happened to be the longest game in Los Angeles history! Making history along the way, coming back from 0-3 against the Sharks, two-goal deficits against the Blackhawks, winning three game 7’s on the road, three thrilling overtime victories in the final round, in the longest championship run in the history of the playoffs.

You truly are the Kings of Kings.

For a final time, we encourage everyone to relive the moment–sheer joy this time–alongside regular friends of the podcast through the text messages below, as Keith, Sean, Ryan, Anthony, and Matt revel in the days after the 2014 victory.

A final link: On the same day we post our podcast episode with Calgary’s own Richard, let’s give a shoutout to one of Canada’s major news outlets–CBC. Of course they have a ton of hockey coverage, with a number of prominent staff writers and commentators, like Tim Wharnsby who breaks down the Kings Stanley Cup victory. They also have a couple great podcasts we enjoy listening to.

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June 14

 

[POST-VICTORY]

 

9:29am

 

Ryan:

Woke up 2.5 hours ago and, yep, still cup champions.

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Keith:

[photo from seats of Cup presentation]

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Sean:

No way.

 

 

1:28pm

 

Keith:

What did I tell you Tony: Bestern Conference crushes Leastern in Final.

 

Anthony:

You also said the Kings would lose to Chicago, so…..

 

Keith:

That prediction was a complicated mix of superstition, fandom, reverse jinxes, and despair. My conclusion about the final was grounded in plain facts and objectivity

 

Anthony:

And give credit where credit is due: Sean.

[snapshot of SMS conversation with Sean’s prediction]

“Keith: But Sean is right. Whoever wins the west should crush the east, who saw its best teams crumple last round”

Revisionist

 

Sean:

Keith was making the only rational prediction given his tenure as a Kings fan. Anyone who has watched this team for longer than the last 4 years will always be waiting for the other shoe to drop, for Gary Bettman to pop out at center ice and say “psych! The cup is going to the Red Wings!” It’s buried too deep in the damaged psyche of Kings fans.

 

Anthony:

I can comprehend that pain.

 

Matt:

Last night finally erased Marty McSorley’s curved stick nightmare from my childhood. 2012 was bittersweet because I couldn’t watch it. This was glorious. I image this series felt to Rangers fans like 93 did to us. Losing in five games, but losing 3 of the games in OT. It’s disturbing how much this championship inflates my self esteem.

 

Keith:

I second Matt’s sentiments—2012 I was in transit during much of the playoffs, and had a hard time watching and properly celebrating. This time it was great to be in CA, and getting to share game experiences with each one of you

 

Anthony:

Oh, I’m basking in it

Big time

Been wearing my bootleg $10 T-shirt all day long

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Will wear it all day tomorrow

 

Keith:

I love that shirt. I hope it becomes your official Kings game attire – plus purple hoodie – in the future

 

Anthony:

Count on it

Guy only screened 100 of em—collector’s item! All day long, strangers have been digging it.

I love celebrating a championship in LA

 

Keith:

How many cop cars have you flipped?

Where did you get it?

 

Anthony:

Oh man, I wanted to

We were in a bar and this dude was selling them

 

 

June 15

 

 

9:47pm

 

Keith:
Reason 736 I love that the Kings won the cup: now we can officially start talking about offseason moves and next years roster.

 

 

 

June 16

 

 

10:00am

 

Anthony:

Parade time, b______

 

Keith:

Take some pics for me. Back north

 

Sean:

For me too. I gotta work but I’m going to talk my boss into giving me a lunch break after two hours of work so I can watch it.

 

 

June 17

 

 

6:55 pm

 

Keith:

So how many times have you rewatched that clinching goal?

 

Sean:

xINFINITY

 

Keith:

I love Jim Fox on the call.

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2014 Cup Run: Round 4, Game 5

So… after four games of the Stanley Cup final, the Kings win the first three games (two in overtime) and then lose the fourth game to a New York-area team. This sounds… exactly like the 2012 Cup run.

Would the Kings lose Game 5 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final and cause Los Angeles fans tremendous heartburn yet again? Or could they actually close this series against the Rangers before it reached seven games?

We encourage you to follow along with our text message thread from Friday June 13th below, which is a little disjointed but includes just about everyone. And Keith had the good fortune to attend in person, which will become apparent.

Today’s link: Hey, remember that glossy magazine that was synonymous with sports journalism (and annual swimsuit editions)? Yeah, Sports Illustrated is still around, and even exists online, where they dip their toe into ice hockey at times. Several writers pen some excellent hockey pieces, including Allan Muir who provides this Game 5 preview.

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June 13

 

[Pre-game]

 

11:39am

 

Keith:

Can we talk about the inner chemistry and quiet production emerging from the Stoll Williams King line?

 

Sean:
Yes. They’re like the perfect Nintendo hockey line. One heavy, one medium, one skinny.

 

Keith:

Yes!

Though they function differently—one big body to screen and finish around the net, one to hold onto the puck, pass and dig it out of corners, and one to snipe with wicked wristers (though I wish Stoll did this more)

 

Sean:

It’s been a little while since we’ve seen a wicked wrister from Jarrett Stoll.

 

 

11:41am

 

Keith:

Matt—do you have all your hexes and talismans lined up for tonight’s game?

 

Anthony

Ahhhh gaaaaaaaaaad

 
[Game time]

 

5:23 pm

 

Ryan:

Let’s do this!!!

 

 

5:34 pm
Keith:

Woo!

 

Ryan:

CLUTCH. All day long.

 

Keith:

This is our game seven.

 

Sean:

Cuz Justin Williams scored?

 

 

5:40pm

 

Sean:

Stupid f_____g penalty by Doughty.

 

Ryan:

Very much so.

 

 

6:40pm

 

Sean:
Quick looks locked in.

 

 

6:58pm

 

Sean:

Nevermind.

 

Ryan:

Barely off his angle, and an exceptional shot. Not worried. Lundqvist is beatable.

 

Keith:

Umm, I’m worried. Not a good period.

Where the F___ is our power play?!

 

Sean:
Stop with the negativity.

 

Ryan:

Not good, no. But not bad either. And remember who owns the 3rd.

Rangers barely generating offense, and relying HEAVY on Lundqvist. HEAVY.

 

 

7:37pm

 

Sean:

MMFG

 

Ryan:

True story: Lundqvist had a hard time stopping pucks with his balls.

 

Keith:

So this is our template: send in Gaborik to tie it in third, then choose a hero to score the game winner. By default, Williams if you can’t decide.

 

Ryan:

KOPITAR

 

 

7:59pm

 

Keith:

Another dominant third period. Feel on better.

 

Ryan:

Feel on, Keith. Feel on.

 

 

8:52pm

 

Ryan:

Not worried. Not worried.

 

Sean:
Can’t take much more of this.

 

Keith:

You’re telling me.

Rangers came out better that period

 

Sean:

My video feed keeps seizing up so I’m only getting audio which I can barely hear cuz I’m working. This is a f_____g nightmare.

 

Keith:

Batteries dying.

 

 

[Post-game]

 

9:28pm

 

Ryan:

Let your batteries die Keith!!!!

 

Sean

F___ YES!

 

 

9:28pm

 

Anthony:

F___ TO THE YEAH

 

Sean:
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSS!!!

 

 

9:30pm

 

Sean:

Can’t talk now. Done with work in half an hour. Where you at??!!

 

 

9:33pm

 

Richard:

Did you get to see the game live?

 

Keith:

[Snapshot of Cup presentation on ice]

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Richard:

That would have been a fun place to be

 

Keith:

You betcha

 

 

9:56pm

 

Matt:

Martinez!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Anthony:

Headed downtown now. Not joking

 

Matt:

F_____g love it!

 

Sean:

Where you gonna be Anthony?

 

Anthony:

Some bar? Join if you want

 

Sean:

Who else are you meeting?

What bar?

 

Anthony:

I can’t talk on the phone and handle the money at the same time

And dude, I dunno. Somewhere near Ham and Eggs.

Or Hotel Fig, apparently

Yes?

 

Sean:

On my way. No clue where to park though.

 

Matt:

I’m about to ___ off to Alex Martinez in Petaluma if anyone wants in…

 

Anthony:

Keith, you in?

 

Matt:

He’s probably already looking up bus times

 

Anthony:

Now relocating to El Compadre because Hotel Fig is all f____d up

 

Sean:

Hotel Fig on Figueroa and Olympic, yeah?

 

Anthony:

Yeah, but now elsewhere

F___ it homie

Keith: MIA

 

 

2:41am
Keith:

Sorry boys. Phone battery died while celebrating.

2014 Cup Run: Round 4, Game 4

The Kings are just one win away from their second Stanley Cup! Would they take Game 4 from the Rangers and sweep the  final round?

These rhetorical questions are likely absurd since anyone reading this already knows the outcome, but such thoughts were circling through the heads of Keith, Sean, Ryan, Anthony, and Matt as you can see below in the contemporary text thread.

Today’s link: When you are starved for hockey content, sometimes you need to sneak across the border for your fix, and that is why we turn to TSN, Canada’s version of ESPN (meaning way more NHL coverage… and way less NFL). In addition to compiling all relevant hockey content coming from the Canadian Press, like this delightful story about Drew Doughty and the demise of San Jose, staff writers like Scott Cullen provide stellar game recaps.

And a bonus, since it’s mentioned by Sean in the text thread–Helene Elliott, a great hockey writer for the LA Times, penned this feature on Darryl Sutter.

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June 11

 

[Pre-game]

 

12:41pm
Sean:
[Photo of LA Times front page with portrait of Darryl Sutter: “YES, SIR”]

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Keith:

Why is no one talking about the fact that we are on the verge of back to back FULL season titles, tossing out that lockout shortened season?

 

Ryan:

3 straight trips to the conference finals. THREE.

 

 

12:57pm

 

Keith:

Matt, clearly you had the good luck juices flowing last game. Can you watch tonight?

 

Matt:

I will likely be an hour or so behind. Bedtime routine gets everything off track. Keith, if I get any texts about the game I’ll blame you entirely.

 

Anthony:

Got it, Matt. I won’t f___ up this time.

 

Matt:

Thanks. And like I said, if you do slip up, it’s Keith’s fault.

 

Anthony:

Oh, don’t tempt me

 

Keith:

I can see Tony’s evil grin through text message

 

 

[Game time]

 

5:16pm

 

Keith:

Y’all watching?

 

Ryan:

You bet your sweat pants.

 

Sean:
Oh you bet your squishy boots.

Watching on my phone, texting on my iPad, all while rehearsing a show. So I may be a bit behind.

 

 

6:43pm
Keith:

Eat it NYC

 

 

7:41pm

 

Ryan:

I’m a fan of our chances. Also, can Chris Kreider just not grow a beard, or is he worried about missing some “sweet pooooonanny”?

 

Keith:

Looking good.

 

Ryan:

You better not be talking about Kreider’s Van Dyke

 

Keith:

I think Kreider misinterpreted playoff beard to be scuzzy facial hair meticulously trimmed.

 

Ryan:

2-1 NY still, but with 8 mins to go we hold a 9-1 shot diff.

Reminds me of Henrique in 2012. He lost that series.

Kreider does, I mean.

We win it in LA!!!

 

Sean:
What gentlemen these Rangers are.

 

Ryan:
You can tell by Kreider’s Van Dyke.

I kinda just fell in love with Henrik Lundqvist.

 

Keith:

Exciting finish.

 

Ryan:

Definitely. Not worried about the next game.

Rangers are not gonna last regardless.

 

Keith:

So can the Rangers now stop whining about puck luck?

 

Sean:
They can just shut the f___ up and die in LA.

 

 

[Post-game]

 

8:03pm

 

Matt:

F___! Uli was pretty solid in net though.
Anthony:

Thanks a lot, I still haven’t watched the game

=D I keed, I keed

I think this game proves that when we group text, the Kings win. When we don’t….

 

Matt:

Haha exactly. I’ll make Bea watch Friday night.

 

Anthony:

Hell yeah

 

Keith:

Clearly. I blame Matt

2014 Cup Run: Round 4, Game 3

Two games played, two wins in the books for the Kings in the Stanley Cup Final. Traveling to New York to face the Rangers in Game 3, would they take another game to overtime?

As we have done throughout the month of August, the gang (Keith, Sean, Anthony, Matt, and Ryan) relive the game via text messages which follow.

Today’s link: Since this series could be over before it starts, why don’t we throw a bone to the New York media while the Rangers are still alive. Apparently there is some newspaper called The New York Times over there that a few people read, and it looks like they cover sports too. It’s also about time we feature the increasingly stellar Jonathan Quick, who is the star in Andrew Knoll’s article leading up to Game 3.

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June 8

 

6:15pm

 

Keith:

Two more wins!

 

 

June 9

 

[Pre-game]

 

12:34pm
Keith:

Prediction: Kings fall behind in this game

 

Sean:

Prediction: Lundqvist fakes an injury.

 

Anthony:

Predicition: If this f_____g game goes into OT, Anthony turns it off

 

Keith:

You love it

 

Anthony:

That would be the exact most incorrect use of that phrase

 

Matt:

Prediction: I hold my naked daughter against my Kings shirt for an extended time to ensure some lucky pee pee.

 

 

[Game time]

 

5:10pm

 

Keith:

Anthony, I just hope you didn’t jinx us. Because all I’m asking is this game ends in regulation.

 

Anthony:

Right. I f_____g jinxed you. You’re a fucking riot.

 

 

5:44pm
Keith:

I don’t know if my heart can take this even in regulation

 

 

5:58pm

 

Anthony:

[emoji of thumbs up]

KinaLyziq

 

Sean:

JMFC

 

 

[Post game]

 

7:48pm

 

Anthony:

You were saying?

 

Keith:

Nice work

 

Anthony:

Do we even have to play Game 4?

 

Matt:

Please take me off this f_____g chain

F___!

 

Anthony:

That’s my bad. Sorry Matt. Legit thought Keith was watching with you.

 

Matt:

No worries. I knew they were up 3-0 so I definitely had a sneaking suspicion

 

Anthony:

Ok I don’t feel quite as bad. But still. Sorry baby.

 

 

7:57pm
Sean:

“They don’t give you nothin for three.” – Darryl Sutter.

 

 

8:21pm

 

Keith:

What did I say: We win when we’re losing, and we win when we’re winning. Rounding into champion form right on schedule.

 

Sean:

Doesn’t hurt that Quick was absolutely stellar.

 

Keith:

Finally shut the door completely. All around thought the D looked pretty strong

 

Sean:

Good to see Greene have a good bounce back game. His game 2 was pretty atrocious.

 

Keith:

What’s the save percentage on stopping 12 of 15 shots?

 

Sean:

.800

 

Keith:

Sooooooooo not as good as 1.000?

 

Sean:

If my math is correct, then, yes. Yes, not as good.

 

Keith:

Funny. I thought Henrik was supposed to be the better goalie. And he was going to be the one stealing games.

 

Sean:

You can’t really blame him for any of the goals tonight, but yeah, 11 goals in 3 of the biggest games of your life… yikes.

 

Keith:

Agreed. I think all three went of Rangers at some point. But Quick was stellar on the other end, showing what a cup champ looks like.

Can’t explain why, but I really don’t want Lundqvist to win a cup. At least against Kings.

 

Ryan:

Quick made some amazing paddle saves, stayed mentally tough like the whole team. Rarely do you see a King smash his stick over a crossbar or something, at least not since Labarbera.

2014 Cup Run: Round 4, Game 2

Wow, Kings and Rangers took Game 1 to overtime to open the Stanley Cup Final. Game 2 couldn’t live up to that finish, could it?

The usual suspects relive the heart spasms in a text feed below.

Today’s link: A two-fer, starting with a seemingly unlikely source, the newspaper The Los Angeles Register. But its Kings staff writer is former LA Kings Insider Rich Hammond, who continues to do great work in this venue, including his game recaps. And because it is mentioned by Anthony in the text thread, a formal shoutout to Deadspin, which covers just about any story in sports with a funnier side (including the Will Ferrell stunt in Times Square).

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June 7

 

[Pre-game]

 

2:26pm

 

Sean:

Any predictions for this afternoon? Not final score.

 

Anthony:

You guys don’t learn….

 

Sean:

Listen. Just wondering what people are thinking about Kings adjustments and how they’ll impact the game. NOT FINAL SCORE.

 

Anthony:

I think they’ll adjust your face.

 

Sean:

My face could use it.

 

Anthony:

It’s a gorgeous face

 

Matt:

Prediction: Keith’s dad crushes an order of deluxe nachos

 

Anthony:

Nice

Prediction: Doughty continues to look like the Ryan and Sean’s 5th sibling

 

Matt:

I think he looks like Sue from Swingers. Who’s also a Kings fan.

 

Anthony:

He totally does!

Make his f_____g head bleed, the Kings are a finesse team

Sue grew up in Anaheim, but reps the Kings

 

Matt:

Yeah Sue is pretty f_____g legit.

I picture Doughty with a huge chain wallet

 

Anthony:

We had to keep our rep

He took the Kings to the Sega finals

 

Matt:

I bet all those Hawks fans wish they had Roenick back

 

Anthony:

By the way, the Kings need to remain successful through next season as well, at least until the Lakers can sign Westbrook and K Love. Ah gaaaad, Bruin boner!

 

Keith:

Anze Kopitar got his BA from UCLA

 

Anthony:

Keith trolling again

 

Keith:

Tony trying to steer attention back to basketball

 

Anthony:

Better than trolling

Divisive Keith. Typical.

 

Keith:

Go! Kings go!

 

Sean:

Let’s all get on the same page guys

 

Anthony:

I salute all of Staples winners. Except the Clippers, who are losers and chumps.

 

Sean:
For some reason, I had totally forgot that people from New York are f_____g obnoxious.

 

Anthony:

They are. F___ New York.

Especially people who move there, live for two years, and call themselves “New Yorkers”

 

Keith:

Now here’s something we can agree on

Sean : uniter

 

Anthony:

Two feet of sky mother______s

[link to Will Farrel trolling Times Square]]

http://deadspin.com/the-kings-put-will-ferrell-go-kings-go-video-sign-out-1587531298/all

 

3:48pm

 

Keith:

Prediction: we come out way better this game.
It feels like it has been weeks since we last played. So impatient!

 

 

[Game time]

 

4:38pm

 

Sean:

Carter goes to the dressing room after that hit.

Carter back on the bench

 

Keith:

Thanks Pierre McGuire.

What’s the update on Girardi?

 

 

5:08pm

 

Sean:

This feels familiar.

 

Keith:

God damn

 

 

6:14pm

 

Keith:

Don’t feel so good about this

 

 

7:12pm

 

Keith:

Unbelievable

 

Sean:

Getting hard to breath or think.

Anybody feeling lucky?

 

 

8:16pm

 

Matt:

All right let’s f_____g do this!

 

 

8:41pm

 

Anthony:

ITS JUST TOO MUCH

 

Keith:

2012 part two!

 

Anthony:

And to all a good night.

Seriously, no more OT’s.

 

Sean:

And now I sleep for two days straight.

 

Keith:

One and a half

Peace and props

 

Sean:

Can this team be denied?

Three different 2 goal deficits? 2 overtimes? No problem.

 

Keith:

Um, was it loud in there?

 

Sean:

Just a little bit.

And in case you ever need to buy the third period, you will need to consult its owner: the Los Angeles Kings.

 

Matt:

Team of destiny gents

Bea pissed on me and my Kings shirt before OT. I’ll make sure to replicate that Monday.

 

Keith:

Ha ha ha

 

Sean:

The lucky piss!

Important fact: the last team to win the first two games in OT won the series.

More important fact: that team was the LA Kings.

 

Anthony:

Important fact: in NHL playoff series where one team has Swedes and the other doesn’t, the team without Swedes is 34-2.

 

Keith:

And if that Swede is the King Swede, their team is winless.

 

 

[Post-game]

 

8:44 pm

 

Ryan:

THIS IS DUSTING F_____G BROWN

 

Keith:

Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuundqviiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiist

 

Ryan:

Never worry about a 2 goal trail with the Kings. Never give up, never surrender.
Sean:
The last three games we’ve come back from 2-0.

Also, we trailed by 2 three separate times this game.

Also, the Kings have held the lead for exactly 0:00 over the last three games, and won the last three games.

 

Ryan:

WE LOVE IT!!!

(Not really, I’d love to hold some leads, but wins are wins)

 

Keith:

This is the scary thing: you know if the Kings had a two goal lead, it would be game over for the Rangers. But apparently it’s game over for the Rangers if they have the lead too.

2014 Cup Run: Round 4, Game 1

Ahhh. Kings beat the Sharks, Ducks, and defending-champion Blackhawks.

Wait–there’s more? The Eastern Conference champion, some New York hockey Rangers? Do we really need to play this series?

Fine then. Let’s do this: Kings v. Rangers, Stanley Cup Final, Game 1.

The whole gang chimes in on all the action in the text thread below.

Today’s link: Because Anze Kopitar is awesome–leading the playoffs in points–and we somehow don’t seem to talk about him enough on this blog (are we unwittingly impersonating the East Coast biased NHL media?). Columnist Adrian Dater writes this article before the Cup Final began for Bleacher Report, “one really big sports media company” composed of local writers that was formed by four friends from high school.

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June 4

 

[Pre-game]

 

5:19pm

 

Keith:

Ahh! Pierre McGuire is between the glass! Can’t Pittsburgh hire him already?!

 

 

[Game time]

 

5:32pm

 

Keith:

Six minutes in. Scoreless. Too many Kings turnovers, but Quick looks on his game

 

Anthony:
Five min of uninterrupted play

 

Keith:

Rangers look good. Fast and throwing everything on net

 

 

5:43pm

 

Keith:

Kings kill PP, scoreless halfway through first.

 

 

5:47pm

 

Keith:

Following Ryan?

Rangers score on a breakaway.

 

Ryan:

Only a little bit. Hope to catch the last period after work.

But we all know what happens to teams who go up 2-1 against the Kings…

 

 

5:49pm

 

Anthony:

I feel like this game is too fast paced and it benefits them.

 

Keith:

That was the scouting report. Rangers have the edge in speed.

 

Anthony:

Man, it’s not good.

 

 

5:53pm

 

Keith:

Wow. Shorthanded Ranger goal.

Two zip

 

Anthony:

On another fast break

 

Keith:

F_____g nightmare.

 

Anthony:

They have to have a ton more shots on goal

 

 

5:57pm

 

Keith:

F___ yeah! The werewolf!

 

Anthony:

All right, ok….

 

Keith:

Two one after one

 

Sean:

Ouch. How many first period 2-0 leads are we going to have to come back from??

 

Anthony:

It’s more stress than I would care to handle.

 

Keith:

Clearly they don’t care for the easy road this year.

 

 

6:31pm

 

Keith:

Double D!

 

Anthony:

There we go!!!

Pretty f_____g goal.

 

Keith:

Das right. F___ you Lundqvist. Stay too deep in your net and get burned

 

Anthony:

Swedes…..

 

Keith:

Brown hurt, Kings PP

Tied. Six min left in two

Tied at intermission.

 

Anthony:

I feel like we should be up three goals rights now.

 

Keith:

Outshooting them 15-2 in third. Still tied.

 

 

7:50pm

 

Anthony:

Jesus f___

 

Keith:

I think my heart stopped.

Of course. Of course the Kardiac Kings go to OT

 

Anthony:

It’s been a bit much.

Four of the past five games have been OT right?

 

Keith:

Three.

Not game six.

But last five were decided by one goal.

 

 

8:12pm

 

Anthony:

YEEEEEEEAAAAAHHHHH

1 down

 

Sean:

3 to go.

 

Anthony:

[thumbs up]

KinaLyziq

 

Keith:

Have any Williams gif for OT winner?

 

Sean:

I’ll find one for you.

 

Keith:

Suck it Lundqvist. Beauty doesn’t win cups

 

Anthony:

Nor does consonants in your last name

 

Sean:

[image of Sutter with sunglasses on]

sutter_hollywood

Sure it does.

 

 

[Post game]

 

8:13pm

 

Ryan:

Mr. Game 7???

MISTER GAME 1.

 

Keith:
Mister mister!

 

Sean:
F___ YES.

 

 

8:35pm

 

Matt:

Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Keith:

He’s back!

 

Anthony:

Matt returns

 

Matt:

My daughter has been crying for 75 minutes. Time to go tell her the good news.

 

Keith:

I think she is lamenting that you didn’t name her Williams

 

Matt:

Damn good call. I pushed for Wilhelmina but got nixed.

 

 

June 5

 

9:22am

 

Sean:

[gif of Williams’ OT goal]

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Matt:

Gawd!!!! I love it.

 

 

10:20 am

 

Keith:

“How bout this f_____g team, eh?”

 

Ryan:

Never give up. Never surrender.

 

Keith:

So do you go back to the regular lines?

 

Ryan:
Nah, the juggling was just from the slow start, so I think it’s back to what’s been working overall and adjusting as necessary.

 

Sean:

Do you put in Reghyr? Or stick with Greene?

 

Keith:

Yeah. Return to regular lines and stick w Greene. I think w rest we should play a solid three periods Saturday.

 

 

1:33pm

 

Keith:

Is it Saturday yet?

2014 Cup Run: Round 3, Game 7

The Kings and Blackhawks went to Game 7? In 2014? Involving Justin Williams?

Was anybody really surprised the Western Conference Final was decided in seven games (and overtime no less)? This, what many called the de facto Stanley Cup final, is also quickly being labeled one of the best conference finals (and best finishes) in NHL history.

That means that we had quite a lot to chatter about via text messages, as the feed below shows. Old friends and new friends of Kings of Kings chime in, whom we hope to feature on the podcast soon (such as Richard and Ryan). And, spoiler alert, we continued to talk about this game many days after it wrapped up.

Today’s link: Let’s toss this one to Chicago since it’s the last chance we’ll get–The Chicago Tribune previews this epic matchup in its sports section from a Blackhawks perspective. If this looks eerily familiar to LA fans and readers of the LA Times, you now know who the parent company of these papers is.

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May 31

 

4:08pm

 

Keith:

Sigh. Well that was painful.

Gonna watch Sunday?

 

Ryan:
This is a game 7 team, Keith. I still like our chances. I’m definitely going to watch, but I may be doing it on a date with the wife.

 

 

June 1

 

[Game time]

 

7:34pm

 

Ryan:

This is breathless hockey.

Meaning every time Matt Greene is on the ice, I hold my breath.

 

Sean:

I’m not even watching and I’m shutting my pants.

 

Ryan:
Shut them pants up!!!

Just like LeBrun predicted at the start of the series: Game 7 headed to OT

SHUT UP THEM PANTS

I’m moving from beer to rye

Just to calm these old nerves

 

 

8:00pm

 

Keith:

So I just got off work. What did I miss?

Lebrun also picked the Hawks in OT so shut them pants!

 

 

[Post-game]

 

8:12pm

 

Ryan:

TO THE F_____G CUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUIIUUUUUIIIUIIIUUIIIIIIIPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!

Who gets the first assist?

JUSTIN

F_____G

GAME

7

 

Keith:

!!!

 

Ryan:

WILLIAMS

Wrong, Keith.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Keith:

Two words for you!

 

Ryan:
THE

CUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUPPPPPPPPPP

Or is it:

GAME

ONE

CAMBER

That’s three words, Keith

F________________________________________________________________________________

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Keith:

I think TT actually scored that GW goal

 

Ryan:

Damn it, Keith.

You’re actually right.

 

Keith:

I’m pretty sure it makes sense, since Tyler F____n Toffoli is Blackhawks Killah

 

Ryan:

KILLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH

 

Sean:

Knock knock.

 

Keith:

Who’s there?

 

Sean:
[jpg of Justin Williams as Game 7]

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Keith:

Did you get to see any of the game?

 

Sean:

Not one second. Gonna watch the entire replay of it tomorrow.

 

Ryan:

I caught it all live and in Technicolor.

 

Sean:
F___ YOU

 

 

8:18pm

 

Anthony:

Suck a fatty, Chicago!!!!!

GKG!!!!

 

Keith:

Gahd!

 

Anthony:

!!!!

 

 

8:37pm

 

Anthony:

Now we can enjoy this moment….

 

Keith:

All of Game Six is forgiven

I’m going to now pretend that crazy ovation we were a part of was us at Game 7 shutting up all of Chicago.

In case you needed that moment in stereo

 

 

8:38pm

 

Richard:

The Kings did not take the easiest path to the finals.

 

Keith:

My heart is exhausted.

Welcome to the wild wild west

 

Richard:

That was such a good series.

I cannot see the finals measuring up, or putting as much stress on your heart.

 

Keith:

Yes. I can now agree since we won.

 

Richard:

Depends on how banged up the Kings are though

 

Keith:

But I did wonder what a more objective hockey fan thought of it, and I’m glad to hear you enjoyed.

I flew home for Game Six Friday and came back yesterday. That was a heartbreaker.

 

Richard:

Friday was tough. I thought they had that one.

 

Keith:

Who do you think looked better in this series?

 

Richard:

I think this has been one of the best series in a while. So intense, fast and skilled. Never a moment to relax.

 

Keith:

Yeah. I’m wondering if this will be looked back on in a decade as one of the best conference finals.

 

Richard:

I thought LA looked better. Did not catch all the games, but they looked to have an edge in what I saw.

Though they looked tired today.

This year has been weird. So many teams that you could make a case for going all the way, but almost all teams in the west.

 

Keith:

Right. And the only two contenders in the east bowing out in the second round.

 

Richard:

They did not look very good while getting eliminated too.

 

 

10:56pm

 

Keith:

So tell me your feelings right now.

 

Sean:

F_____g ecstatic.

 

Keith:

I want you to hold that feeling, keep it like a warm orb, and hold it against that little black pit of despair you had during game six.

Because we just knocked off the reigning champions, kicked the cup out of chitown, and are headed HOME to the finals.

 

 

June 2

 

11:16 am

 

Keith:

OH MY GOD!

OH MY GOD!

Last night actually happened!

KINGS WON THEIR THIRD STRAIGHT GAME SEVEN!

ON THE ROAD!!!!

 

Sean:

Knock knock.

 

Ryan:

Who’s there?

 

Sean:

[jpg of Justin Williams]

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Knock knock.

 

Ryan:

[jpg of Darryl Sutter on “Return of the King” poster]

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Whoos der?

 

Sean:
[jpg of Blackhawks logo with palm on face]

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Keith:

Wow. You need to share that with Tony

 

 

11:46am
Sean:
[jpg of Blackhawks logo with palm on face]

 

Matt:

Nice

 

Anthony:

Muy bueno

 

 

June 3

 

12:21pm

 

Sean:
Courtesy of Robin:

A girl walks into a bar wearing a Hawks jersey. A guy walks up to her and says, “Hi, my name is Two Goal Lead, what’s yours?” She says, “What kind of name is Two Goal Lead?” He replies, “I figured anyone wearing a Hawks jersey would blow a Two Goal Lead.”

 

Keith:

Please tell me she made that up.

Have you seen this?

[gif of Drew Doughty celebrating and falling on ice]

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Sean:
Over and over and over again.

 

Keith:

There’s a great gif of the entire bench too that I’ve watched endlessly.

You know what one of the best parts of going to the Finals is?

Now there’s no other series for the media to get distracted by while the Kings quietly go about their world beating.