Dustin Brown, Bill Daly

Kings captain Dustin Brown is congratulated by NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly after the Kings won the Clarence S. Campbell bowl for the Western Conference's top team following their win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times / June 1, 2014)

The Kings became the first team to reach the Stanley Cup Final by winning three series in Game 7, all on the road. That journey included coming back from a 3-0 series deficit to the San Jose Sharks in Round 1, rebounding from a 3-2 deficit in Round 2 against the Southern California rival Ducks, and eliminating the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks in overtime after never holding a lead in Game 7. The road to the Kings' second Stanley Cup Final appearance in three seasons:

FIRST ROUND

GAME 1: April 17 at San Jose 6, Kings 3

Jonathan Quick was replaced by rookie Martin Jones after giving up five goals in the first two periods. Jake Muzzin and Slava Voynov scored in the first seven minutes of the third period and Trevor Lewis cut the lead to two with 6:01 left. But that was as close as the Kings got. The Sharks' Brent Burns scored in the final minute of the game to give his team a three-goal win.

GAME 2: April 20 at San Jose 7, Kings 2

The Kings jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first period before giving up seven straight goals. Quick once again struggled but Coach Darryl Sutter let him play the entire game instead of pulling him as he had done in Game 1.

GAME 3: April 22 San Jose 4, at Kings 3 (OT)

A Patrick Marleau shot deflected off defenseman Voynov and past Quick at 6 minutes and 20 seconds of overtime to give the Sharks the win and push the Kings to the brink of elimination. It was the first time the Kings trailed 3-0 in a series since 2000, when they were eventually swept by Detroit.

GAME 4: April 24 at Kings 6, San Jose 3

Justin Williams scored twice to help the Kings avoid elimination in the first round of the playoffs. Williams, who had been without a point in the first three games of the series, had previously scored twice against the Sharks in Game 7 of their second-round playoff battle in 2013. Marian Gaborik also scored two goals.

GAME 5: April 26 Kings 3, at San Jose 0

Quick made 30 saves to help the Kings stave off elimination for the second time in the series. The shutout was Quick's first in a playoff since last year's second-round series against the Sharks, and it came in San Jose, where the Kings had not won a playoff game since 2011. Tyler Toffoli, Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter scored goals.

GAME 6: April 28 at Kings 4, San Jose 1

Justin Williams scored his second goal of the night and Kopitar added two as the Kings rode a three-goal third period to victory and forced a Game 7 in San Jose. By doing so, the Kings became the ninth team in NHL history to force a Game 7 after being down 3-0 in a series.

GAME 7: April 30 Kings 5, at San Jose 1

The Kings fell behind when the Sharks' Matt Irwin scored 28 seconds into the second period. Drew Doughty evened things up four minutes later and Kopitar gave the Kings the game-winner with a minute left in the period. Toffoli, Dustin Brown and Tanner Pearson added goals as the Kings became the fourth NHL team to come back from a 3-0 series deficit and set up a crosstown grudge match with the Ducks in the second round of the playoffs.

SECOND ROUND

GAME 1: May 3 Kings 3, at Ducks 2 (OT)

Gaborik scored with seven seconds left in the third period to tie the score and again 12 minutes into overtime to give the Kings the Game 1 victory. Gaborik became the first player in playoff history to score in the last 10 seconds of regulation and then score the game-winner in overtime. Alec Martinez scored the Kings' first goal at 9:04 of the first period.

GAME 2: May 5 Kings 3, at Ducks 1