Although the Los Angeles Kings' road toward a second straight Stanley Cup title has been longer, steeper and a whole lot bumpier than last season's journey, the champs are still right on course.
The Kings needed 13 games to reach their second straight Western Conference finals this spring after rocketing through the first two rounds in just nine games last season. Los Angeles also had to survive a tense Game 7 with the San Jose Sharks, winning 2-1 on Tuesday night on two goals by Justin Williams and another night of phenomenal goaltending from Jonathan Quick.
The Kings are averaging just two goals per game, and they've only won one road playoff game this year. But they're still rolling because of their perfect home record and Quick's league-best play.