What Went Wrong: The Los Angeles Kings
This is a continuing series that will explore why the various teams that fall by the wayside did exactly that.
Even though the Blackhawks dispatched the Kings in 5 games, this was a pretty close series. Only game two was a real blow out with the Blackhawks rushing out to a 4-0 lead as the Kings added their third goal in game 3 with only 28 seconds left on the clock. The teams were pretty evenly matched with Hossa, Kane, Toews, and Sharp being slightly better than Richards, Carter, Brown, and Kopitar, and the Kings enjoying an advantage in net. The real difference here was that Chicago played well and Los Angeles didn’t.
When you have the four aforementioned forwards on the roster, it’s probably bad when Slava Voynov, Dwight King, and Justin Williams lead your team in goals in a series. And while Jonathan Toews is apparently on vacation, Patrick Kane (4 goals) was lights out, with a little help from Bryan Bickell (3 goals) and spot work from Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp. To the disappointment of many, Jonathan Quick is not superhuman, and Anze Kopitar will miss out on the Conn Smythe he deserves for at least one more year.