June 12, 2012- The Los Angeles Kings won their first Stanley Cup on Monday night by defeating the New Jersey Devils 6-1. The franchise has waited 45-years to win an NHL title and the wait ended in Hollywood in front of a capacity crowd at the Staples Center.
Los Angeles took advantage of early power plays to score the goals they needed to put the game out of reach early. In the final game, Trevor Lewis and Jeff Carter each had two goals, while Jonathan Quick, voted the MVP of the playoffs, stopped 17 shots in goal in another stellar display of net minding.
The Kings became the first eighth-seeded team starting the playoffs to win the Stanley Cup. Los Angeles was a spectacular 16-4 during the postseason and was able to end their run in style by winning in front of the faithful fans that have waited so long to see the real Stanley Cup be hoisted by their own players.
The Kings started the final series by winning the first three games and were ready to clinch the title in the series’ fourth game in New Jersey. However, the Devils were not done, as they won two straight to put a big scare into the Kings and their faithful.
One big penalty changed all that. During the first period of game six last night, three goals were scored by the Kings in a five-minute power play after New Jersey’s Steve Bernir boarded Rob Scuderi and was ejected. The Kings’ defenseman was left bloodied, but the Devils were left with a three-goal deficit that they would never recover from.