After being down 0-3 in a series against the San Jose Sharks, the Los Angeles Kings stormed back to win the series in Game 7, with a 5-1 victory to advance to the next round.
"When you've gone to the top of the mountain with the same group of guys, it's a little bit easier when you're at the bottom to come up," said Dustin Brown.
Many counted the Kings out of the series after game three, however the team made history being only the fourth team in NHL history to win a series down 0-3. The Philadelphia Flyers (2010), New York Islanders (1975), Toronto Maple Leafs (1942) were the previous teams to accomplish that record.
In the first three games the Sharks destroyed the Kings 17-8, and Jonathan Quick didn't look sharp in the first two games either. Even Dustin Brown's son told him that he thought his team was done after game three.
The Kings banded together and took the Clippers theme "We Are One" literally. The were tested, tried and and overcame many obstacles physically and mentally.
"You just can't look at the mountain and expect to do it all at once. It's not a time to feel sorry for yourself. It's a time to be excited for the opportunity," said Mike Richards.
In a week's time the Kings made the most magical turn around ever in history, especially for this franchise. The no quit, never give up mentality of these Kings will forever be remembered.
"We were never going to give up. ... It was so much fun. It will never compare to winning a Stanley Cup obviously, but it's right there with it," Drew Doughty said.
Major of the players from that historic 2012 Stanley Cup run are on the current roster, so this comeback should really be no surprise to the fans and critics alike.
Quick reminded everyone especially after game 4, why is one of if not the top goalie in the NHL. He made some crucial and spectacular saves on Wednesday night in game 7, that aided in the Kings victory.
A lot of credit should go to Kings GM Dean Lombardi for assembling the team that won the 2012 Stanley Cup and made the historic comeback against San Jose. With players like Brown, Doughty, Quick and Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter, Jered Stoll and others, this team has all the fire, passion, and purpose they need to truly compete for that Stanley Cup.
Their next test is finally against their So Cal neighbors -- the Anaheim Ducks. The first time in history the two teams will face each other in the playoffs, known as the Freeway Faceoff.
"We just have a lot of heart on this team," Doughty said.