Southern California will be represented in the Stanley Cup Finals after the Los Angeles Kings beat the 3rd seeded Phoenix Coyotes ,4-3, in Game 5 of their Best of 7 Western Conference Finals match-up. LA will be battling NHL’s grand trophy for the first time after 19 years of waiting. It was the last finals played by the legendary Wayne Gretzky. The Kings are hoping for a better result this time as they lost to the Montreal Canadiens in the 1993 Finals.
The LA Kings just became the 2nd 8th seeded team to reach the finals. They defeated the top 3 teams of the West. They eliminated the President’s Cup winner Vancouver in the first round before disposing off St. Louis and Phoenix both in 5 games. Los Angeles has been proving that they are the Kings of the road in this year’s playoffs as they won their 8th straight away from the Staples Center. The victory of the Kings somehow erases some pain felt by the sports fans in California when its two NBA teams were both manhandled in the Western Conference semifinals.