June 20th, 2014, 06:07 AM #31
Both were equally wonderful in my eyes cause they were so different.
Just to see them steamroll everyone in 2012 was a sight to behold. Especially when just a few months earlier they were lucky to score 1 goal a game. Several 1-0 and 2-1 losses made me think there was no way in hell they could do what they did. It was also so impressive with the 3-0 leads in each series. Never felt they would not win it.
This year, each series there was a feeling that they might not make it. Look at the first series against San Jose, 1 bad goal, a mistake or two and it would have been over, but to play such great hockey down 3-0 is amazing. Then it looked like they could have rolled over and died in Anaheim after being up 2-0 and suddenly finding themselves down 3-2, but they persevered. Then they could have panicked and lost to Chicago after being up 3-1, but once again they didn't. Then the 3 OT games in the Final. That is amazing in itself.
The most interesting fact about that is how it came full circle over the last 80 years. Just a tidbit of information that you might find interesting.
There were four teams that won 3 OT games in the Final and won the Cup. Starts and ends with NY Rangers. Weird huh?
1. Rangers over Maple Leafs in 1940
2. Maple Leafs over Canadians in 1951
3. Canadians over Kings in 1993
4. Kings over Rangers in 2014....
Came full circle.
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June 20th, 2014, 06:15 AM #32
2012 was such an enormous release after waiting almost 30 years for a cup. Also, the feeling during that cup run was, "okay, when are the wheels going to fall off?". After seeing this team fail for so long, then finally win, it was one of the most exhilarating feelings because I had invested so much of my time watching the Kings.
2014 on the other hand... The first three series took so much out of me, that by the time the final series came, I felt drained. I'm not saying I didn't appreciate the win, but the other three series were just such emotional rollercoasters, that a 5 game series wasn't fulfilling my hockey playoff fix lol.
As far as kids go, I have the same issue. I have a 5 and 7 year old, and I try not to spoil them, but the Kings aren't helping out. Unfortunately, my kids also think that Cup parades are a bi-annual event, and are already planning the next trip to the parade.
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June 20th, 2014, 08:23 AM #33
If '14 was the first cup and the unbelievable steamroll from '12 happened 2 years afterwards we wouldn't be having this conversation. In my mind, I don't think we'll ever see anything as amazing as this year's cup run, but '12 was better because it was the first.
June 20th, 2014, 09:57 AM #34
Alright. I will amend my statement to say that 2014 was better on the grounds of we clearly have bragging rights over all of California for basically ever now (At least the next two years).
Going through SJ, Anaheim, CHI, and NYR was just surreal.
SJ series - had lots of bets with various sharks fans (Stupid Norcal kids in irvine). Took so much heat the first 3 games and did my best to take it in stride. Once the Kings came back I let all sharks fans know I would be accepting viles of tears as debt repayment as well as cash.
Ana Series - Living in orange county this one was the toughest. Bets, harassing ducks fans. Going to that game 7 in Anaheim was absolutely amazing. Literally up there with watching them win the cup, it was that incredible. It was 100% staples center south that night. To walk through the two California teams on our way to avenging our defeat in 2013? Couldn't have been any better.
Chicago Series - Easily one of the best series of the last 10 years. The most incredible roller coaster of a playoff series without any nastiness I do believe I've ever seen. There was a bit of nastiness, but compared to the level of play it was nothing. The two best teams of the last 3 years going at it. I don't think we've seen the last of each other either.
Rangers Series - So Brad Richards just got bought out. Could you imagine being that guy? Offered pretty similar money by the Kings. Chooses the Rangers, loses in the cup final to the Kings, get's bought out and needs to find a new home the next week. I hope Lombardi calls his agent and offers him the league minimum for 2 years. Bragging rights over Rangers fans coworker forever.
But still, 2012 was when they did it first and was more special. the 2014 run to get there was more special, however.
June 20th, 2014, 10:17 AM #35
The original post is one of the bests posts I've ever read. Well done and whole heartedly agree.
Edit: In fact, this whole damn thread is awesome!
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June 20th, 2014, 10:48 AM #36
The first cup was like learning your dog can fly. Sure, it's incredible, and the President gave you that "World's Greatest Owner" t-shirt and everything, but you have a nagging feeling that maybe it just happened because he's secretly 1/8 a parrot or something. The second cup was like if you worked really hard to train your dog to harness his powers, and he went on to rescue every passenger from a jumbo jet filled with adorable orphans just before it crashed into a mountain. You are the world's greatest owner. Wear that t-shirt with pride.
June 20th, 2014, 11:03 AM #37
This is possibly the greatest analogy I have ever seen
Originally Posted by Catastrophe
June 20th, 2014, 11:20 AM #38
2012 was just very awesome. It was easy to enjoy as a fan, everything was going the right way and honestly there wasn't much in the way of any kind of hiccup that could allow you to do or say something that you would ultimately regret. The hardest part of the whole thing was to enjoy it while it was happening because everyone wanted the cup so badly. Watching Brown and Kopitar get to lift the puck gave me such that proud papa feeling. These boys were growing up.
2013: This needs to be in here to help understand 2014. Nobody wants to remember it but that SJ series was the first real target on the back next level really can you do this series. 7 games all home wins, I remember holding the enthusiasm because people were using the "hold serve" phrase quite a bit. Kings were expected to win a series, it was expected to be close and they did it quite honestly very professionally with the long view in mind. If you didn't grow up during that series as a fan then I don't know what to tell you but it certainly gave me an appreciation for the way the club was maturing (all individual player stuff aside). That St Louis series, again another huge team effort to play their game and then possibly break that franchise with a game 5 win on the road. The Chicago series was not something I like to remember but as a fan of the club it was much easier to watch it without the purple colored glasses
NOW 2014 comes along: Much like TC I'm furious at this club after those first 2 games. Furious because I don't even know what the hell they're doing but it's not hockey that they've played at all the last 2 years. Just completely out to lunch. There's a French student who was living with us and kinda learning the game kept asking how things were going. When they were down 0-2 he was asking "so does this mean they will lose" and trying to educate him about the way things go I remember saying "They aren't playing the style of hockey that they have played all year, it's very strange, but if they keep doing this they will lose". After game 3 he asks "So there's no chance they can win now right?" and I said "They can win, it is very hard to do but they have to play the way they played tonight". He countered with "it doesn't seem like it should be possible". I said "you follow F1 right, championship drivers aren't championship drivers because they can run one fast lap, they are championship drivers because they can sustain a very fast pace for the whole race". After 2013 and seeing the resolve the guys showed then I knew the kings could keep playing a very high level of hockey for a long period of time. They didn't have to make a push here or there, just keep lapping with consistent hockey. They did that to a very large degree, there were lots of little adjustments with lines and matchups all geared towards playing that overall better 5-5 game. Keeping an eye on it from that perspective this whole run was very very enjoyable, and while anyone could say the highs and lows were wilder because this run appeared to have them, at the same time after that 2nd game I don't remember thinking during any game that the kings weren't playing very good strong hockey (a little slow at the start maybe).
In that respect as a fan of the club this run was "better" because I knew what I was watching happen. Best way I can otherwise put it, 2012 was getting hammered and having a great time drinking everything at the party. Waking up the next day and checking with your friends constantly saying "Did that really happen". 2014 was sipping a few bottles of wine, appreciating the complexities and of each and looking forward to the next bottle.
June 22nd, 2014, 06:56 PM #39
2nd cup definitely feels much sweeter to me. Doesn't get any better than smacking our two most hated rivals, edging out the squad that dethroned us, and sticking it to the faces of the east coast bias media and their beloved blueshirts to earn it.
2012 will always be special in the sense that it is the 1st one.
June 22nd, 2014, 09:57 PM #40
Would not have expected a hero dog analogy from a user named Catastrophe. Also wow, Cat Ass Trophy. I wouldn't want that. I guess that's why they call it a catastrophe.
Originally Posted by Catastrophe
Wait what were we talking about?