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For months in Los Angeles, fans at Staples Center watched the Lakers implode. Then, Clippers owner Donald Sterling embarrassed himself and the city, though the team soldiered on. All that time, the quiet, methodical, relentless Kings shot puck after puck, goal after goal. And they saved the best for last. The Kings put on a show during the Stanley Cup that proved that zombies really exist. They play hockey. You think they’re dead, but they’re not.
Nielsen ratings show that Friday night’s NHL final game, which went into double overtime, was seen by 6 million viewers, the “most watched Stanley Cup final game 5 in six years.” In L.A., the game had a 12.4 rating, 41 percent higher than the same game two years ago, though in 2012 it took the Kings six games to clinch the cup.