Kings on Ice
On a pleasant Friday night in LA, the Los Angeles Kings did it again. Down 2-1, the Los Angeles Kings decided that it was time for one more comeback. Marian Gaborik scored in the third period to tie the game up at 2, and then in double overtime, Alec Martinez scored the goal heard around the world and there you had it. Your winner and new Stanley cup champions, the Los Angeles Kings.
For the Kings, this is their second Stanley Cup in three years. This core group of Kings have definitely cemented themselves among one of hockey great stories. However, is there story a story about a group of underdogs or is there story about a dynasty? This is a question that many of experts has tried to figure out and it is not easy to figure out. With questions like this, I like to look at the yes and the no, the pros the cons, the why and why not. In this case allow me to explain why or why not the Kings are a dynasty.
Here's why not. The Kings may have won the cup twice in three years but their road to both Cups is not dynasty-like. They're first cup came when they were an eighth seed and this season they were a defensive minded 6th seed struggling to score goals. That's not dynasty like. When I think of dynasties I think domination like the Chicago Bulls of the 90s, or the Edmonton Oliers of the '80s. Those teams dominated their competition from start to finish, whereas the LA Kings both times got rolling when it mattered most. Also winning two Cups in a decade does not sound like a dynasty. Last time I checked Jordan and the bulls have 6, Tom Brady and the Patriots have 3. When you think about it that way do the LA Kings sound like a dynasty then... However in some ways the LA Kings are a dynasty.
In an age where balance of competition is so even in the NHL and it seems like a new team wins every year, the LA Kings have managed to win multiple times which is saying something. Also when the Kings do get in the playoffs, they are unbeatable and have moments only dynasty teams have, I.e the comeback from 3-0 against the San Jose Sharks. With that being said I really don't know what this group of LA Kings are and that's for you the Fan-I nation to decide.