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Kings championship run was one of the quickest ever

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer
The Los Angeles Kings' run through the Stanley Cup Playoffs was a historic one. (Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Kings won their first ever Stanley Cup on Monday night with a 6-1 dismantling of the New Jersey Devils, completing one of the most dominant postseason runs we've seen in the NHL over the past 25 years.

They jumped out to a 3-0 lead in every series they played, beat the top three seeds in the Western Conference, only needed to play one Game 6 (Monday's game), and outscored their opponents by 27 goals.

They also needed just 20 playoff games to complete their championship run.

Since the NHL went to its current playoff format that requires four best-of-7 series for the 1986-87 season, that is one of the quickest and most efficient playoff runs by any team. The Kings join the the '97 Red Wings, '95 Devils and '93 Canadiens as teams to win the Cup in just 20 playoff games.

The '88 Oilers were the only team over that stretch to do it faster.

That Oilers team did it with a 16-2 record that was completed with a sweep of the Boston Bruins. But even that run was more like 18-and-a-half games. With the Oilers going for the sweep in Game 4, the game had to be postponed midway through the secod period due to a power outage at the old Boston Garden. The Oilers went on to win the restarted Game by a 6-3 margin.
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In the end, this Kings team did something pretty special. As I argued last week this isn't a team that simply got hot at the right time. This is a great team loaded with All-Star level players up and down the roster that has completely dominated the NHL since the middle of December. And especially after they acquired forward Jeff Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets in late February.

After Carter was added to the lineup the Kings went on to finish the regular season and playoffs with a 29-9-3 record, a pace that would be good enough for about 122 points over an 82-game season.

Since December 13, when the Kings were 13-13-4, their lowpoint of the season, they went on a 43-18-11 run.

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