Kings Win First Stanley Cup in Franchise History
Photo Courtesy of SB Nation/Travis Hughes.
For the first time in franchise history, the Los Angeles Kings are Stanley Cup Champions. They capped off the series with an impressive 6-1 win over the New Jersey Devils Monday night in at the Staples Center in the company of twenty thousand of the clubs most fervent supporters.
The game’s most significant turn came in the first period with a five-minute major penalty assessed to New Jersey’s Steve Bernier for boarding Rob Scuderi. He was most likely retaliating for a non-call on a hit by Jarrett Stoll on Stephen Gionta, but his actions were solely responsible for what followed. Bernier was also handed a game misconduct and in doing so gave the Kings their opportunity to blow the contest wide open. They went on to score three goals with the man advantage and would never look back. Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter and Trevor Lewis contributed the tallies and Los Angeles was up 3-0 at the end of period one.
A scant 1:30 into the second frame saw yet another Kings goal as Carter was credited with his second of the game and eighth of the playoffs with a spectacular snipe above Brodeur’s shoulder. Playoff hero Adam Henrique scored for New Jersey in the waning moments of the second period to make it a hockey game, but the Kings were simply not going to be denied for the third game in a row.
Trevor Lewis and Matt Greene found the back of the net late in the third to turn it into a laugher—on the scoreboard that is—and undoubtedly ice the contest.
Jonathan Quick was chosen to receive the Conn Smythe Memorial Trophy as the playoffs’ most valuable player and boy, did he earn it. The goaltender was a lone goal away from posting his fourth shutout of the postseason but nonetheless the Kings’ most important individual of the entire season to date. His 1.41 goals against average and .964 save percentage leads all goalies in those categories.
Captain Dustin Brown received the Stanley Cup from Commissioner Gary Bettman, lifted it high above his head and screamed to the heavens. It’s impossible to say all the emotions he felt at that moment, but they were likely not appropriate for a national television broadcast as Pierre McGuire found out and subsequently brushed off a few moments earlier.
Congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings for an unparalleled run to the Stanley Cup.