For years, Kings fans had faith that they had the team to bring in the Stanley Cup, but year after year were turned away, at latest in the second round.
They haven't been to a Stanley Cup Finals since the 1992-93 season - led by none other than "The Great One" himself, Wayne Gretzky.
After years of watching players come into L.A., only to leave, the Kings built a core and showed faith in its core, drafting American in Dustin Brown and Jonathan Quick while adding a slick Slovakian in Anze Kopitar. The Kings also drafted Jack Johnson, but with the surge of Slava Voynov down the stretch, it made Johnson expendable.
Forward to present day - Brown, who was rumored to be on the trade block around the time Dean Lombardi shipped Johnson to Columbus for Carter.
There are so many things that can be taken into consideration for the Kings showing the talent many loyal fans - those who have seen this team through thick and thin through 26 playoff appearances over 44 years.
But this is the Stanley Cup.
Fans shed tears over dreaming of players they've watched hoist the Cup.
Imagine a player you've seen grow under the lights of L.A. Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Jonathan Quick.
Four years ago, not many knew these names. Except Kings fans. And they remained faithful, hoping the Kings could deliver a championship.
But nothing ever came of it. They lost to the Sharks and Canucks in the playoffs, and after Quick compiled a season worthy of Vezina notice, the team did not ultimately do well when the time mattered most.
In Brown, Kopitar and Quick, the Kings have built the franchise they've wanted to give the fans - and while things are not over, the Kings are confident if they continue to play as they've been playing, they can earn the franchises first Stanley Cup trip in 19 years.
Imagine the memories of '93 and the scorn of Marty McSorley, added to the career achievements of Luc Robitaille. Robitaille still works for the Kings, as President of Business Operations.
Droves of people flocked to Staples Center, year after year, to cheer on the Kings to a playoff berth.
But this year - the feel at Staples was different.
A once mellow crowd has turned raucous, chanting "Go Kings Go" and "Lets Go Kings", paired with videos of South Park's Eric Cartman heckling the other team's mascot and Bailey getting the crowd amped up.
The product of this cheering is amazing hockey, played by the team loyal fans have supported for years without a taste from the Cup.
And it is all supported by one of the top net minders in the NHL - Jonathan Quick.
Over the course of the season, Quick showed what earned him a spot on the USA Olympic teams roster. But Quick was stuck behind Tim Thomas, and while Thomas led the USA to the Gold Medal game, the Americans fell to the Canadiens.
Fans around L.A. have seen Quick blossom into a star first-hand, and they feel the UMass-Amherst product is well-deserving of the Vezina Trophy.
In these playoffs, the Kings have put on a display of hockey, getting under the skin of its opponents and not letting up.
But things are not over yet - two games still need to be played before the Kings can begin to prepare for hoisting the Stanley Cup.
And the Kings have the Coyotes right where they want them - in a 2-0 hole.