Los Angeles Kings superstar goaltender Jonathan Quick,
shown here during the team’s Stanley Cup Championship Rally
on June 14, 2012, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net
LOS ANGELES — While the Los Angeles Kings
struggled mightily to score goals throughout most of the 2011-12 regular season, the addition of forward Jeff Carter
, and the recalls of rookie left wings Dwight King
and Jordan Nolan
, along with rookie defenseman Slava Voynov
, gave the team balance throughout their lineup. That balance allowed head coach Darryl Sutter
to add a new wrinkle to their system, one that gave them the ability to play much more aggressively on the puck, while maintaining, if not strengthening, their already very solid defensive zone play.
The Kings were able to use those changes to their advantage during the final two months of the regular season to squeak into the playoffs, and then, make their dominating run through Vancouver, St. Louis, Phoenix and New Jersey during the playoffs, on their way to the first Stanley Cup Read more of this post