Posted Wednesday August 3rd 2022
During their playoff run, the Los Angeles Kings played against Canadian teams all throughout the playoffs:1992–93 Los Angeles Kings:
- Calgary Flames
- Vancouver Canucks
- Toronto Maple Leafs
- Montreal Canadiens
- The highlight of the season involved appearing in the Stanley Cup Finals.
- The Kings were the most penalized team during the regular season, being shorthanded 529 times.
- They also finished with 2,855 shots on goal during the regular season, second only to the Boston Bruins.
Toronto Maple Leafs:
- Conference Finals Game 1 - Los Angeles blue-liner Marty McSorley delivered a serious open ice hit on Toronto's Doug Gilmour. Leafs captain Wendel Clark took exception to the hit and went after McSorley for striking their star player. Toronto coach Pat Burns tried scaling the bench to get at Los Angeles coach Barry Melrose because he thought he ordered the hit on Gilmour.
- Toronto would take a 3–2 series lead after five games.
- Game 6 - During the 1992–93 season, there was a league-wide crackdown on high-sticking infractions, whether they were accidental or not. In Game 6, Gilmour was part of controversy once again. With the game tied at 4 in overtime, Wayne Gretzky accidentally clipped him in the face with the blade of his stick, while shooting a slap shot from the right face-off circle. Many thought that referee Kerry Fraser should have called a penalty on the play, but Gretzky was not penalized, and he went on to score the overtime goal moments later, evening the series at 3–3.
- Game 7 - He would score three goals in the deciding game to give Los Angeles a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals. Gretzky has been quoted as saying that his performance in Game 7 was the best NHL game of his career.
- Stanley Cup Final - Los Angeles reached the finals for the first time in franchise history.
- In game one, the Kings romped over the Canadiens by a score of 4-1, with Luc Robitaille scoring twice on the powerplay.
- Game two, Los Angeles leading 2-1 in the game, Marty McSorley was penalized for having an illegal stick, as Montreal stormed back to win 3-2 in overtime.
- Following this, the Kings never recovered as Montreal would go on to win the next three games; two in overtime and one in regulation to capture their record-breaking 24th Stanley Cup championship.