Kings give hope to No. 8 seeds in NHL playoffs

The Los Angeles Kings gave hope to every future No. 8 seed in the NHL playoffs after becoming the...

The Los Angeles Kings gave hope to every future No. 8 seed in the NHL playoffs after becoming the first such seed to win the Stanley Cup. (Reuters)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:03 AM ET

Brian Burke was right.

The former general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs was right about a lot of things: he was right about a lot of players who form the core of the 2013 Leafs and he was right about bringing in coach Randy Carlyle, who has helped the team make the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

He was also mostly right about the fate of the eighth seeds in the Stanley Cup playoffs when he offered this memorable quote:

“I’m not interested in making the playoffs unless it is a part of a championship. It seems a mile away. That is the goal. Not to get in the eighth spot, get your ass kicked and stand up here and say: ‘Yeah, but we were in the playoffs.’ I’m trying to build a championship team.”

But last year’s Los Angeles Kings gave hope to every eighth seed that might sneak into the playoffs, becoming the first such seed since to win the Stanley Cup since the league adopted the current playoff format.


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