Los Angeles Finally Makes Its Mark: The Best Teams of the 2011-2012 NHL Season
The Kings were really playing like a top seeded team in eighth seeded team’s clothing. It all started in the first round against last season’s finalists — the Vancouver Canucks. There was no way this lousy eighth seed from la-la land was going to beat the defending Western Conference champions and Presidents’ Trophy winner for best record and most points in the league, right?
Wrong! The Kings made fans in Vancouver want to riot all over again as they went out four games to one. Kings goalie, and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Quick allowed just seven goals and a total of 20 in the entire playoffs. After disposing the Canucks the Kings went on a tear and just blew out the second seeded St. Louis Blues in a 4-0 sweep. The Phoenix Coyotes were the only ones in the way of the Kings and reaching the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since the 1992-93 season. It was the Kings winning 4-2 and on to the cup to face the New Jersey Devils.
Oh, and New York Rangers defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-3 and the Kings pounded the Vancouver Canucks! And yes. That’s now 19 years in a row since a team from Canada has won the Stanley Cup. Here are the Top 5 NHL teams of 2011-12.
5 Phoenix Coyotes (42-27-13) 97 Points
4 New Jersey Devils (48-28-6) 102 Points
3 St. Louis Blues (49-22-11) 109 Points
2 New York Rangers (51-24-7) 109 Points
1 Los Angeles Kings (40-27-15) 95 Points
Boston Bruins (49-29-4) 102 Points
The Northeast Division winners and defending Stanley Cup champions were probably a little tired from allthe celebrating as they went out in the first round to the Washington Capitals.
Vancouver Canucks (51-22-9) 111 Points
At least the fans didn’t riot after losing in the first round.
Pittsburgh Penguins (51-25-6) 108 Points
The Penguins finished just one point behind the Rangers for the Atlantic Division crown, but suffered an embarrassing 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the playoffs.