Is there a comparison between the past two Stanley Cup Winners, the Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings? For one, both had great goaltending and a legitimate number 1 shutdown pair that at the end of the day, you have to have come playoff time. The Kings shutdown pair of Drew Doughty and Rob Scuderi played a big part in limiting Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk to one point each, while last year Henrik Sedin had 1 goal, minus-7 rating and Daniel Sedin had 4 points and a minus-7 rating as Zdeno Chara frustrated and gave the twins fits.
Offensively both teams didn't have a Sidney Crosby type superstar but were a well rounded group with skill and grit. The comparisons are definitely there on how to win playoff hockey.
For the Kings, what stands out in their 16-4 run was also their size in how it enabled them to wear down the opposition and that's what has jumped out to scouts. With how the game is evolving, it's an excellent blueprint that other GM's will surely be following. Will the Penguins look to go that route?