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Dustin Penner #25 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates with teammates Slava Voynov #26, Jeff Carter #77 and Mike Richards #10 after Penner scores the game-winning goal in overtime as the Kings defeat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 in Game Five of the Western Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on May 22, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Four wins away. The LA Kings are headed to the Stanley Cup Finals, attempting to capture their first ever NHL championship after defeating the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 in overtime last night.
It's been tough for the Kings to get respect in a town that's primarily focused on the Lakers, Dodgers, and Clippers, but after the Lakers and Clippers recent playoff defeats, all the focus in the L.A. sports world is now on the Kings.
Yesterday on the show, Madeleine spoke with ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz about the end of the Lakers and Clippers season, and the hot start of the L.A. Dodgers — but neglected to mention the Kings' playoff run.
That drew some angry responses from some listeners. So today, we stand corrected. To give the Kings their fair due, Madeleine spoke with one of their longtime fans: Tim Lovestedt.
Last night, fans greeted the Kings at LAX airport as they returned from their victory over the Phoenix Coyotes, and Tim Lovestedt — TV writer and Kings fan since 1985 — was part of the crowd of 4,000.
Tim Lovestedt, LA Kings fan since 1985.