June 5, 2012 2:51 PM | By Daniel Nugent-Bowman, MSN Sports
Unlikely Stanley Cup finalists

How did the L.A. Kings get here?



At the outset of the NHL Playoffs, almost no one would have picked the Kings to make it to the finals, let alone be up three games to nothing against the Devils. Here are a few other unexpected Stanley Cup finalists. (© AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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  • At the outset of the NHL Playoffs, almost no one would have picked the Kings to make it to the finals, let alone be up three games to nothing against the Devils. Here are a few other unexpected Stanley Cup finalists. (© AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
  • Vancouver Canucks - 1982 - Unlikely Stanley Cup finalists (© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
  • Minnesota North Stars - 1991 - Unlikely Stanley Cup finalists (© AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
  • Florida Panthers - 1996 - Unlikely Stanley Cup finalists (© AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
  • Carolina Hurricanes - 2002 - Unlikely Stanley Cup finalists (© CP PHOTO/Adrian Wyld)
  • Anaheim Mighty Ducks - 2003 - Unlikely Stanley Cup finalists (© CP PHOTO/Paul Chiasson)
  • Calgary Flames - 2004 - Unlikely Stanley Cup finalists (© CP PHOTO/Jeff McIntosh)
  • Edmonton Oilers - 2006 - Unlikely Stanley Cup finalists (© PHOTO BY FRED LUM/THE GLOBE AND MAIL DIGITAL IMAGE)
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The Los Angeles Kings have already done the unthinkable. The Kings have become the first eighth-seeded team to reach the Stanley Cup final since 2006. They're far from a conventional bottom-tier group thanks to a well-balanced lineup with arguably the league's best goaltender, Jonathan Quick, but when the playoffs started they were far from a favourite. Their playoff run has been nothing short of remarkable though as they lost just twice heading after three rounds. And now they sit just one win away from glory. But, will their magic run out? Of all the underdog teams to teams to reach the Stanley Cup final, most have petered out without winning hockey's ultimate prize. Here are some of the unlikeliest teams, like the Kings, to reach the championship series.

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