the first time around all i could do was think "fiiiinnnaaaallllyyyy" and cry about everything. and i do mean everything. i probably didn't even cry that much as an infant.
this time around my nerves were absolutely destroyed along with my sense of what's normal. this team was never, ever, ever, ever, EVER out of it and instead of having normal expectations like "hey, they're behind two goals, that's pretty tough to come back from" i'd be like "hurry up and tie it already."
the first time i was just happy it happened and would have been grateful for it forever and ever. now i'm completely spoiled and catch myself thinking "well, next time they win..."
1st was such an amazing run, I feared it was what people were saying it was, "hot keeper, lightning in a bottle". Really tried to soak it in and enjoy the moment.
Was praying the Kings were not going to be like the 'canes the years after their cup run.
This year validated the championship fiber this team is made of. This year does something scary: it creates the expectation of success. The Kings now have real targets on their backs, and I am loving it. This season makes me feel really good knowing the players, coaches, management, and ownership are invested in success. As an STH it is nice to feel like the team works as hard at winning as I do to pay for my seats.
2012: Witnessed the Cup victory in person.
2014: Watched the Cup victory on TV.
So, based on that, 2012 was better. Both were stressful, but this year was just exhausting emotionally. I'm still wiped out almost a week later. Emotionally, 2012 was slightly better, only because it was the first. But 2014 was incredibly joyful as well, because of HOW it was done.
Mine are 7 and the same way. All they know is the Kings as a powerhouse. Regular season, playoffs, Cup Final. Rinse, repeat.
Originally Posted by Yog S'loth
2012 - The playoff run was un-real. They were just magically unstoppable. I've never seen a team able to forecheck that aggressively for 60 whole minutes each and every game! It was just complete dominance and I just remember enjoying every moment of it. Sure, there was still lots of doubt with regards to what was going on. "Is this really happening? Are they seriously going to have a chance to win the Cup?" It was exciting for sure and looking back, I don't think I feared were going to lose. The Kings made it easy for us by going up 3-0 in every series. It was unreal.
2014 - The start of the SJ series was so terrible. I thought the Kings wanted to go golfing early just to get it over with. This team, while great still doesn't come close to the 2012 team. There were still too many times where they tend to fall asleep and look like they didn't care too much. Looking back on that, it looks like they just got a touch of arrogance to them because they feel like they can "turn it on" at any given moment. And wow, did they turn it on or what? Still, too many Game 7s meant they were beatable but it was the clutch factor that got those wins. It's as if the Kings made it too easy for us two years ago, so they wanted to try the extremely hard route here... just to see if they can do it.
Either way, both runs were amazing in their own way. To sum it up, 2012 was more of a relief in a sense that we actually got to see the Kings win a Cup in our lifetime. 2014 was more stressful and dare I say, a little more exciting with the way they have won the games. I keep picturing myself up in my seats (section 304) for both Cup clinching games. They were both amazing. All I can remember is a lot of of hugging, screaming, yelling, and high-fiving. Both provided lots of rush, joy, and a sense of proudness.
This definitely won't last, but I sure hope the Kings can keep doing it just because we finally know that they can.
So you were at BOTH Cup clinching games? Wow. I've been wondering how fans like yourself would compare those two games, in terms of atmosphere and everything else.
Originally Posted by TooCool
Objectively, the second Cup is waaaaayyyyy better. Yes, 2012 has the sentimental value of being the first. But I'd argue that this year's team was better, and they had the greatest championship run in American sports history. No contest, 2014 > 2012.
2012 was cathartic
2014 was pride
Winning the first Cup was better. It was one of the most incredible feelings in the world. Before the Kings won the Cup, I had seen my favorite teams win titles in every major sport (except college football), and each one was great, but seeing my favorite team win the Stanley Cup was better than all of those put together. I had seen the Kings play some awful, awful seasons between the 93 run and the LAPD era, and between the LAPD era and now, and that probably added to the joy of finally winning, but I can't say it ever felt like a weight was on me that had to be lifted.
The only possible drawback was how 'easy' it was. It was a delight watching the Kings dominate their opponents physically, especially the end of that game where they pinned Phoenix in the Coyotes zone for the entire final two minutes of a game Phoenix was trying to pull their goalie and tie. We were up 3-0 every series and the 16th win was in the bag so early, the last ten minutes of that game were just a countdown to a guaranteed reward. I foolishly said that the next time we won, I wanted to do it in overtime to get that sudden rush of ecstasy.
Which is what we got, after two periods of torturous back-and-forth hockey, with multiple posts hit on both side. Just like 2012, the final game was a microcosm of the entire playoff run. This time the Kings came from behind and won in heart-stopping fashion, heavy emphasis on heart-stopping. The Kings did not dominate physically - they dominated mentally. In 2012, I was confident the Kings would destroy the other team in every game. In 2014, I was confident the Kings would come back from a two-goal hole in every game. The San Jose coach cried about the refs, the Sharks gripped their sticks in games six and seven, the Rangers coach cried about the refs and wouldn't shut up about luck, and the Ducks put their hands on their throats after the first two goals in game seven. Sutter and the Kings just stepped up and persevered and handled whatever came their way. Down 3-0 to San Jose? Make it 3-1, then make it 3-2, then tie it up, then win the series in their house. Chicago regains the two-goal lead? Chip it in half as many times as it takes. Ranger PPs in OT on calls that seemed much softer than ones that were ignored the other way? Kill them, then go win the game.
The 2014 run was more thrilling hockey, especially for neutral fans and possibly for us once we are fully looking back. If you were writing a sports movie, of course you would throw in all these insane series and game comebacks, all the overtimes and spectacular goals, the jazz hands. 3-0 every round is too easy. The hockey world will remember the 2014 playoffs for a long, long time.
I love that the Los Angeles Kings are now the model franchise for the NHL. Even more, I love that my favorite team is comprised of not just the best players, but the best guys. I love seeing them win as much as I love seeing the Kings win.
I changed my mind. I'm going with Brown and Kopitar - my favorite one is the next one.
In 2012, we sliced through the playoffs like warm butter. Just completely dominant. It was awesome, because it was the undoing of 45 years of futility.
I was at both Cup winning games, and as a fan, this year was more exciting. I was watching the SJ series on NHL channel today, and it made me think about the narrow margin by which we got out of the West, and the difference wasn't just luck, it was sheer determination.
It's a little like sex: The first time is awesome and memorable, but you don't really know what you're doing yet, and it's over so quickly. You get to appreciate and enjoy the next one more.