The Kings play in a city where they are often third on the sports priority list behind the Lakers and the Clippers and sports even take a back seat to movie stars, Justin Bieber and whatever it is the Kardashian family did that day. The Los Angeles Kings changed all of that, at least for a short time, after they defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 to clinch the first Stanley Cup Championship in franchise history.
The Kings managed to clinch a playoff spot after the 80th game of the 82-game season. They finished behind division rivals San Jose Sharks and found themselves in the 8 seed looking up at everyone. That did not stop them from stunning top seed Vancouver, beating them in 5 games. Followed by dismissing the second-seed Blues in four and winning the Western Conference in five games over third seed, Phoenix.
They then had to travel across the county to New Jersey where the Devils were waiting with veteran goaltender Martin Brodeur and the size that many thought would stop the Kings’ run. The Kings continued their supremacy on the road taking the first two games in New Jersey improving their road playoff record to 10-0 in 2012. When the series shifted to Los Angeles and the Kings came away with a 4-0 win that most thought would be the end of the Devils. But the Devils fought out two wins in games four and five.
The Staples Center had more of a concerned feeling to start game six, as everyone knew if the Kings couldn’t close out the series in game six they would probably let the cup slip away, just like it had with the illegal stick in 1993.
Unlike in 1993, it was not the Kings called for a back-breaking penalty, it was Devils right wing Steve Bernier who took a major boarding penalty on his hit of Rob Scuderi. The kings took full advantage of the 5 minute power play, scoring three goals and all but ending the game. Kings Goaltender Jonathan Quick had played solid all playoff so with a three goal lead, and later four goal lead, the party got started early in the LA stands.
As the clock hit 00:00 the players themselves started the party and after the handshake between the two teams, the awards made their way onto the ice starting with the Conn Smythe which went to Quick who became the third American winner of the trophy for playoff MVP. Maybe now the LA newscasters will remember his name.
Kings captain Dustin Brown then hoisted the Cup above his head and passed it around to all the teammates as they fans stayed around long after the game cheering as the players shared the cup with friends and family on the LA ice. That was just the start of the party as everyone will get their day with the Cup over the summer and who knows exactly where it will go or what they will do with it. But they have waited a lifetime for that day, it will never be forgotten.
For more photos of the Stanley Cup Champion Kings including the celebrity fans in attendance check out Newscom.
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