Every time a team gets knocked out of the playoffs, I post "Goodbye, ______ [team]" to Facebook and Twitter. I do it on Google+ as well, but the service is half-dead. I post Goodbye for the first 14 teams that get knocked out. To the Cup winners go congratulations, and to the losers a tip of the hat.
The responses are generally fun, and looking back at the engagement numbers of each post have become an annual report here.
The numbers: Facebook likes, comments, and shares. Twitter retweets, favorites, and replies.
Congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings, the 2013-14 Stanley Cup champions.
This is the second Cup for the Kings in three years.
They defeated the New York Rangers in five games. While the series wasn't a long one, it was a close one. Three games went into overtime, with five overtime periods overall played. Four of five games were decided by one goal.
Alec Martinez scored in double overtime to clinch the Cup for the Kings. It was the second series-clinching goal in a row for Martinez, having scored the goal in overtime that beat the Chicago Blackhawks in game 7 in the Western Conference Finals.
Justin Williams won the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoffs MVP.
The Stanley Cup Finals are in motion. While hockey is still on the brain, let's dive into the 2013-14 hockeyfights.com Awards!
The annual awards are a collaborative effort by the hockeyfights.com content team. This season Ben Eklund (Phila26Flyers) did all the heavy lifting. Huge thanks to him and the rest of the team.
You need to be a member of the site to vote. It's free, and you can sign up here.
Dive in, cast your vote and have your say!*
The Kings, makers of history with a 3-0 series comeback in the quarterfinals against the SJ Sharks, nearly found themselves on the wrong end of history in the conference finals. LA avoided joining the Flyers as the only teams in history to lose a conference finals series they led 3-1. It took a high-scoring affair in Game 7, decided by a goal by Kings defenseman Alec Martinez.
The Kings' offense has exploded this postseason, sitting atop the playoff leaderboard with 3.40 goals per game. Late-season acquisition Marian Gaborik has led the way with 12 goals. Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter have combined for 46 points.