June 19th, 2014, 08:57 PM #21
2012 was great. Beat the demons and showed that yes the Kings can win the Cup. To me 2012 was nothing but a celebration as they had a 3-0 lead in every series. It was almost expected by time they got to the WCF. Thanks to Berniers Major penalty in the 1st period of Game 6 we were all celebrating through the 2nd and 3rd periods and there was no doubt that The Cup was coming out that night.
2014 was amazing. The way this team fought through every opponent, found their will to win. We never knew whether the team would pass through to the next round or not. Going down 0-3 to the Guppies and then to lose 3 straight to the Quacks had me on edge. Then to follow with a 3-1 advantage against Chicago to lose the next two was absolutely nerve wracking. Seeing Alec's goal in Game 7 go in beat the demons that we couldn't beat Chicago. The Rangers came out tough, as I thought they would, and forced us to OT in all three home games. This year just seemed like the team knew what it had to do and found a way to get it down. I found vindication in the fact you aren't lucky or riding a hot goalie or anything of the like when you have just won your 2nd cup in 3 years.
For me 2012 will always be special. Being able to know where I was when they broke their curse and were able to raise The Cup will always be in my heart. That being said I think 2014 will always hold a special meaning as they proved they weren't "lucky". They proved they are a force in the NHL and not to be overlooked. It showed that they are built for the playoffs. It also showed Lombardi's work as to the chemistry and closeness this team has. Also being in the building for Game 5 is a moment I will never forget.
June 19th, 2014, 09:00 PM #22
The first cup win, I was very excited and happy. I still didn't believe they won it. It was a huge relief.
But the second win was a lot more satisfying, in a way. They beat the rival Ducks, they beat the defending champions, they had several dramatic wins, and most importantly, won when they were EXPECTED to win.
To see the physical and emotional maturity of this team, in a way, simply surpasses the pure shock of the first.
June 19th, 2014, 09:28 PM #23
Its like weighing a lifelong dream coming true to a dominant display of will that swells your chest with pride.
Too different to really compare. Let's see how the next one feels.
June 19th, 2014, 09:41 PM #24
2012 was absolutely amazing. It's hard to describe. I was in the military at the time and a lot of unfortunate things happened. I got married [not unfortunate] and was slated to deploy. My name was #1 on the list, and I would have deployed in january. all of a sudden my grandma got cancer [well not all of a sudden, she actually got it in september, the day before i got married, it got 'worse' at this point]. horrible. i got taken off the deployment roster incase my grandmother died. all of a sudden, her cancer cleared up [2-3 months]. then comes the playoff run. then comes penner scoring in overtime, and me running to the computer to buy tickets to games 4 and 6 of the finals. i had no money and never asked my 'bosses' for time off. i was also slated to do some serious training the 2 weeks of the finals. i went in the next day and essentially begged for the time off, showing my receipt for $2700 [thank goodness for credit cards], showing NO REFUNDS. they obliged. I drove 18 hours to watch game 4. then I watched game 6 [both in person obviously]. then I went to the parade, and was lucky enough to get tickets to the rally. a few months later I had surgery and came back home [drove 18 hours] and someone called me saying Quick was signing stuff at Living Spaces at 9am. I got into town after 17 hours at about 8AM and went straight to Living Spaces, and my favorite player of all time signed my jersey that I bought FOR the 2012 run [and wore to game 6 against NJ], and a photobraph which is now on the wall. oh man, what a year, and what a couple of months. the 'horrible-ness' [that puts it lightly] of my grandma getting cancer, followed by her cure and then the Kings winning was almost too much, and just thinking about it now is almost too much. my grandma is perfectly healthy now, and she became a Kings fan in 2012 [she lives in washington but watches every game since 2012]. 2014 I watched every game on TV and didn't do the parade or the rally. 2014 was fun and 'challenging', but 2012 was almost life-changing for me, and I'm extremely grateful that I was part of it.
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June 19th, 2014, 10:03 PM #25
The second one was actually easier for me. It was a rollercoaster of emotions but as a fan I have been able to insulate myself from all that stuff, even if it is just a sliver at some times. My health was bad enough in 2012 where I honestly didn't know if I was ever going to see the Kings win a Cup and I put myself through the actual physical pain of going to all three SCF games. When they won it, I didn't have much breath left but I stood and cheered myself to exhaustion that night. Seeing DB raise the Cup in person satisfied me as a fan for an entire lifetime. Nobody can take the experience of the 2012 playoffs along with my health journey the 12 months prior away from me. The Cup is a part of my story of getting a transplant in November of 2012 and my slow road to relative good health. So in many ways 2012 was so much harder for me and so much more memorable. The Kings that year cured me of any and all anxieties and pessimisms that accumulated while being a Kings fan for 2+ decades before that.
2014 was simply fun for me. The typical mid-season slump didn't bother me at all this year. Whenever someone would ask me what's up with the Kings or try to troll me by saying "the Kings suck this year", I would simply remind them that all we need is the playoffs. We'll get there and then you'll see the Kings do their thing. Then we went down 3-0 against the Sharks and I remember meeting my little brothers after the game on the way back to the car and they looked defeated. I simply told them that if there was any team that would choke, it's the Sharks... if there was any team that could come back from 3-0, it's the Kings. Because we know how to win, the Sharks know how to choke and we have that Richards and Carter guy who have been here before. We have the best goalie in the world and damnit, I want to play the Ducks in the playoffs for once. I once again have had another health issue this year and while serious (lymphoma) not nearly as dire as 2012. A simple (yet not simple as far as tonsillectomies go) surgery in May, was on the horizon and I knew the Kings would still be playing, to help my recovery in what little way only Kings playoff hockey could. All the game 7s should've been gut wrenching and normally I would've been in panic mode the morning of each game and not settled down til the morning after. But this year, I found a way to have fun every single minute watching this team. I went to game 7 in Anaheim and that was so awesome being able to drown out the home crowd with Go Kings Go chants and seeing Kings fans vastly outnumber Ducks fans in a goodbye salute to Selanne. And then in the Final I passed up a ticket to games 1 & 2 so my little brothers would be able to go. I was hating myself after seeing both games go to overtime and us winning and after game 2 I told my brothers that I wasn't all that worried because we'll win it in 5 in triple OT. Well, I was there for game 5 and took my heart medication a little early (when the first OT started) and glad I did because I was jumping in my seat with the super fast, it can end at any second, hit the post repeatedly hockey that we were entertained with. I was prepared for 3, 4, even 8 OTs if that's what it took. When Marty buried that puck that we all saw coming from miles away I just exploded. I lost my voice that night and have been smiles every day since because it is so much fun being a fan of this team right now.
Count yourselves fortunate fellow Kings fans, this is a truly special team that can and will play any type of hockey the opponent wants to, because the Kings play to win and have proved that's what they plan on doing every game. Some will look with a narrow focus and see a team that isn't as happy as in 2012 or complacent or stepping off the gas pedal because it is expected to win, but long time Kings fans will know and see a team that plays a 100+ game season and won't settle for just 82.
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June 19th, 2014, 10:13 PM #26
Lombardi got to you too, huh?
Originally Posted by Mondo Blando
June 19th, 2014, 10:32 PM #27
I was lucky enough to be at both Game 6 in 2012 and Game 5 this year. Obviously very different vibes in the building. i think in 2012 it was over just so fast.. we all knew it deep down and yet all the left over Kings neuroses flared up. It wasn't truly enjoyable until like halfway thru the 3rd and you knew it was done.. even tho it was a party. And to a degree i think the fans were affected. Staples, IMO was loudest in 2012 when they swept the Blues. Even the finals never quite got to that level for me. And again, I think that was in part because of the way the games, particularly, game 6 went.
I echo pretty much everyone else's sentiments about how special 2012 was for all the stated reasons..
But this year.. the release in that building when martinez scored. That puck kicked out and there was that half second before he buried it when you just knew.. everyone was starting to cheer and then it goes in… and just bedlam. i barely even remember it cause i just started hugging my dad and everyone else around me.
i love listening to lombardi and how after 2012 he talked to so many people who had won multiple championships and how they all told him how hard it was to win the 2nd one. and how it was its own set of challenges. to keep everyone on board to play for the team. to not be complacent. the fact that now you can't sneak up on anyone as lombardi has said.. and yea.. the competition this year does blow 2012 out of the water. every series in 2012 was over before it started.. just like game 6. every series this year was up and down, and back and forth, and borderline torture. so the emotional releases were so great. like how game 7 against chicago HAD to go to OT.. game 5 HAD to go to double OT. it just had to end like that one more time.
As a fan, i was completely on board with what Lombardi was doing since he got here. My biggest fear was always turning into San Jose.. where the plan, in totality was solid, but for whatever reason the pieces never fit. it never happened. now? i mean.. the kings are a model franchise. teams are aspiring to be the kings. and this isn't going anywhere in the next few years. this team absolutely can win another one or two. this is all you can ever truly ask for as a fan. this is the best.
June 19th, 2014, 10:34 PM #28
For me 2012 was witnessing awesome domination in every series, thanks to all the 3-0 leads. Because of work, I watched round 1 on TV. Flew down to see the 2 games of the STL sweep. Then flew to PHX to see that series won by Penner in OT. Then saw games 4-6 of the SCF, and flying to NJ to see them lose that close one. Due to work I couldn't stay for the parade, but seeing The Cup clincher was unforgettable.
For 2014, thanks to a two letter tech giant I had a lot of free time as of March 1st. After 15 years that job was my family, so after fighting for my severance for most of March, I figured I would go down to LA for Round 1 and I watched games 3-4, 6-7 live. Flew back home hoping to come back for ANA series but got a major cold/infection. So I watched the next two series on TV. On into the finals I flew down for Game 2, watched Game 3 here in LA, then flew to NY hoping for the sweep but witnessed 2 pucks stopping in slush on the goal line. But Game 5 was epic. Got to the parade and the rally, because I'm still a man of leisure, but will head home Monday to start brushing up that resume. Just believe!
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June 20th, 2014, 05:13 AM #29
Trust me, that saying didn't start with Lombardi. Every hockey player I know feels that way. Been hearing that all my life.
Originally Posted by YodaButter
June 20th, 2014, 05:55 AM #30
I also became a fan in 1993 and thought, 'wow, this was pretty cool getting to the finals, I bet this happens every year'....@#*%!
2012 was just disbelief for months after it happened. I would be driving and listening to XM NHL Radio and hear the soundbite of Nick saying "The long wait is over. After 45 years the Kings can finally wear their crown. The Los Angeles Kings have won the Stanley Cup!" and I would get goosebumps and a little teary eyed and they played that thing every single day and it didn't matter because it was like reinforcement that it actually did happen.
This season was just incredible and the team battled harder than i've ever seen a hockey team battle in the playoffs so there was a huge satisfaction in knowing what was accomplished but the special feeling of 2012 can never be repeated.