The Los Angeles Kings Win Their First Stanley Cup
Well the drama lasted all of 10 plus minutes then it was over fast. The Los Angeles Kings beat the New Jersey Devils in game six and win the toughest trophy in sport to capture, drilling the Devils 6-1 to win their 1st Stanley Cup.
The barrage started at 11.03 of period 1 after a stupid penalty on New Jersey's Steve Bernier for a brutal hit from behind on LA'S Rob Scuderi. The Kings scored 2 quickies and never looked back. Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter, and Trevor Lewis all made Bernier and the Devs pay.
The lead grew to 4-0 early in the 3rd on a tally by Carter. Adam Henrique, called up from the Albany Devils early in the year cut the margin to 4-1 late in the 2nd period but no chance the Kings were going to lose this game.
Marty Brodeur was shaky, allowing a rebound to get to Brown for the 1st goal. He was beaten badly to the glove side for the 2nd goal. Lewis scored the 3rd goal after Brodeur couldn't get his glove down to stop it.
The Kings win their 1st Cup in their 46 year history. What great players like Gretzky, Vachon, Taylor, Dionne and many many others couldn't get done Dustin Brown and Jonathan Quick did. Their 10 road wins tied an NHL record. Their 16-4 overall playoff mark is remarkable. They become the 1st 8th seed to ever win the championship. They defeated the top 3 seeds in the West and beat the Devils who beat the top seed in the east.
For Jersey in a few days the speculation will start. Will Brodeur return ( I say of course) will Zach Parise (doubtful-he is a free agent).
For the Kings the celebration begins. Not bad for a team the fired their head coach early in the year and had to scramble all the way to the final week to even make the playoffs.