The crowd was dozens deep and hundreds wide, screaming and chanting and surrounding the Los Angeles Kings’ cars as they drove home after writing another improbable chapter in the big, mostly empty book that holds their franchise history.

About 4,000 fans showed up at LAX early Wednesday morning to welcome the Western Conference champions back from Arizona. Even Game 5 hero Dustin Penner was awestruck.

“It was like driving down a hallway lined with human flesh,” said Penner, who scored the overtime goal that sent the Kings to the Stanley Cup final. “You couldn’t see anything except people. ... It’s not something that anyone will forget ever on this Kings team. It’s something you can only experience when you get to the Cup finals.”
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