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Rite of Spring '14: Can you fall asleep with a panic switch?

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Props to the LA Kings, but i dont think the Rangers can return to the Stanley Cup Final again for a long while....

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Good to see hockey resigning his two year popularity deal in California. :P

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At least Vancouver shat the ultimate tsunami of boos on bettman. Kings fans were actually CHEERING him? Wtf

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This could've been avoided had the Sharks offense not shrunk below Buffalo levels of s***iness in the last 4 games.

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Congrats to the L.A. Kings! Can say with confidence that no team deserved it more.

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Did anyone else think Bettman seemed more enthusiastic this year? Every year, he looks like the typical corporate businessman, trying to seem enthusiastic because he's supposed to.

This year he seemed genuinely excited.

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Did anyone else think Bettman seemed more enthusiastic this year? Every year, he looks like the typical corporate businessman, trying to seem enthusiastic because he's supposed to.

This year he seemed genuinely excited.

Cause for once in his life no one in the building wanted to crucify and disembowl him

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It's hard to believe that the Kings, after McNall's illegality, after the revolving door between the pipes, after the days of the potential franchise saviors of Mike Cammalleri, Ziggy Palffy, Adam Deadmarsh, Jason Allison, and yes, even the post-first-lockout Jeremy Roenick, that the Kings have become the power that they are.

It's just sad that Ace and Mark aren't around to see this. At least the cup will be making a trip to the WTC site.

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..and the expected result has occurred. Congrats Kings, and I hope the LA fans enjoy it sans one in particular.

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This was the first Stanley Cup Final decided in OT and won by the home team in 34 years; Bob Nystrom scoring in Game 6 at Nassau Coliseum against Philadelphia in 1980 was the last time this had happened.

My dream as a hockey fan has always been to see the home team win Game 7 in overtime. This has only happened twice - both at the Detroit Olympia, and both times in the '50s (1950 and 1954). It hasn't happened in 60 years and counting.

Tonight didn't quite accomplish the latter task, but seeing as how it is the first time in my lifetime that a Cup Final was won in this fashion, it will simply have to suffice for now.

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What a series. What a playoff run. This one is special for me personally, because I've been watching the whole season and all of last season, unlike 2012 where it was just the postseason. I've been listening to games on the radio if I'm at work and unable to watch the game, (and subsequently scaring the living s*** out of my co-workers when A-Mart scored the OT Game 7 winner against the Hawks which was fantastic) or at the very least, keeping track on my phone if I can't do any of the above.

Major props to the Rangers. Made the Kings earn every win, and what a game to finish this season. To me, they definitely deserved to be there. They played a good series and there's no shame in losing they way they did. Also, no disrespect to NY, but I felt like the Hawks-Kings series was the defacto Stanley Cup Final. That was the only series where I didn't think the Kings would win. They're a fantastic team and I cannot wait for more battles against them.

I want to say that I didn't comment the whole season or post season (even though I read nearly every page) just because I didn't want to seem like that one irritating bandwagoner (if you know what I mean), even though I don't consider myself one anymore. Strange, but I felt like I wanted to earn my keep. I didn't want to engage in smack talk, especially with fans who've been fans for f***ing years.

Again, what a f***ing run. 2014 Stanley Cup Champions. How sweet it is.

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1994-1995 Houston Rockets. 2011 St. Louis Cardinals. 2011 New York Giants. 1987 Celtics. 2001 Yankees.

They have now been eclipsed. These Kings will forever go down as the most resilient team that will not die ever.

SEVEN elimination games. 0-3. 2-3. Trailing with less than 10 minutes to go in game 7 at Chicago.

And in the last 3 years, only ONCE have they tasted the bitterest of defeats.

An 8 seed and a 6 seed. They truly did things THE HARD WAY- Stone Cold Steve Austin would be proud.

I have to confess- I did NOT before the playoffs envision LA winning another Cup. I thought maybe Colorado would shock the world, Teemu goes out a champion, Sharks break through, Chicago repeat.

I was dead freaking wrong on the Kings. And I'll own up to it.

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Thanks, Sharks. Really. :mad:

LMU, Cujo (lay off on him, y'all. I'd have bailed on the Oilers too), NOT dbad or funky, enjoy it. You've got about ten years of good memories to live off of now.

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For some quickie facts:

a. (As Kramerica 1st pointed out) It's the 1st Stanley Cup won by the home team in overtime since the 1980 Islanders.

b. It's the 20th major professional championship for Los Angeles and also the 1st ever won in a year that ends in the number "4."

c. Tonight capped 93 postseason games for 2014, the most games ever for a single Stanley Cup Playoffs.

d. Tonight marked the longest playoff game ever played in Kings franchise history.

e. It's the 1st and only elimination-game loss for Lundqvist in the 2014 postseason, after going 5-0 with a 1.00 GAA entering tonight.

f. Darryl Sutter (in his 1st full season as Kings coach) gets his meta-revenge from 2004 by beating a team in the Cup Final with Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards.

Now, I want to get some stuff off my chest:

1. I am a pessimist fan who believes in superstitions. No denying it or sugar-coating it. This is why I freaked-out over what happened in Game 4. Something about the thought of two pucks staying on the goal line, which combined would've won the Cup, gets to me. Even tonight's game dragging-on had me expecting the Rangers having the fresher legs and scoring 1st in 2OT. That possible ending combined with how close LA was in Game 4 made me hint of some sort of dramatic pendulum swing towards New York only the Hockey Gods could conjure-up. At that point, I was worried about all this "puck luck" running out for LA, after how the San Jose, Anaheim and Chicago series have all went. I'm sorry but that's how I am. Like I said before, if my team wins 99 of 100 times, I lock myself in a room and fritter over the 1 loss in a more vocal fashion. I'm a "doom-and-glum" sports fan, but man, when things do go right, it's pure bliss and ecstasy!

2. This Cup win completely validates the 2012 win. The 1st Cup was for the fans of Los Angeles and everyone associated with the 1st 45 years of Kings hockey. Sans Rogie, the "Triple Crown Line," the "Miracle on Manchester," the Gretzky era, 1993, and the early-2000s, Kings hockey was a joke compared to other franchises. Fans were treated to laughable and frustrating hockey for nearly five decades. But then, 2012 happened, to relieve the suffering of people in this city. It was marvelous and a joy to lift that weight off the shoulder.

This time, the Stanley Cup is for the franchise, proving that 2012 wasn't a one-trick fluke. Two Cups in three years, three years of at least reaching the West Finals, five straight postseasons...the potential for more fun is still out there. The win tonight seeds the potential for the franchise to be the NHL's 1st salary cap-era dynasty (actually in an arms race with Chicago for that distinction) and shows their serious commitment to make Los Angeles an attractable and serious NHL franchise for free agents and draft picks to play in, per-se.

Thanks to all who've seen the entirety of this playoff run, thanks for the Rangers for giving the Kings the most hell they can give them (this I can't stress out enough), and thanks to the AEG group and Dean Lombardi, who've rescued the Kings from franchise wasteland in the late-1990s to where they are now. Enjoy the summer, y'all!

Edit, 11:02pm PST: I just realized that there won't be any more hockey for another three-ish months! Noooooo!!!! With that being said, this song comes up on me when it's the end of a long, sports season (and I get a little choked-up inside):

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