Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup Parade
N.H.L. Champions, 2014
June 17, 2014

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The Kings liked winning the 2012 Stanley Cup so much, they did it again, in 2014. After they won, Beth and I again made the journey to SoCal for their parade in downtown Los Angeles. Having had valuable practice in 2012, we knew exactly where to go and what to do. We stayed in Pasadena at the far end of one of the metro-train lines, rode in the next day, cheered, then rode back and headed for home. We're pros at this now.

This year, the Kings made us sweat a little bit. In 2012, they blasted through the competition, winning each series 4-1 or 4-0, and defeating New Jersey in the finals 4 games to 2. In 2014, they got off to a bad start, losing the first three games to the San Jose Sharks, then roared back to win the next four and send the Charks home early.

Next, they played Anaheim, the first time the two SoCal teams have ever faced one another in the playoffs. The Kings won the first two, then lost the next three... then won the last two games. I got about three ulcers during this series. Now they had to play Chicago. Unlike San Jose and Anaheim, Chicago is a truly good team. The Kings got to a 3-games-to-1 lead, then lost two in a row, setting up a game seven in Chicago.

By this time, I was too nervous to watch. They had got so close, and I thought their luck had run out. I deliberately didn't watch, but waited. After about three hours, curiosity overwhelmed me. I asked Beth to look on her mobile device and she said the game was still going on, tied late in the third period. I turned the game on and watched, feeling two more ulcers form... then felt a tremendous sense of relief when Alec Martinez scored in OT to send the Kings to the finals.

They played the New York Rangers, a team that seemed to be more lucky than good, but with one of the best goaltenders, Henrik Lundqvist, ever. The Kings got out to a 3-games-to-0 lead, then lost game 4, then tied game 5 in regulation, sending it into overtime. I couldn't watch, but I couldn't not watch either. So I watched, but with the sound off. I didn't sit down at all during the overtime periods, and nearly had a heart attack when Martinez scored in the second overtime to win it all. Beth came running in too, full of excitement. She had it on her mobile device. She is a true Kings fan too.

So going to L.A. for a parade seemed perfectly logical. We had fun. We hope we come back!

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(c) 2014 Scott Surgent. For entertainment purposes only. If you find tacky teal or orange a pretty color, the Kings aren't the team for you.