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LA Kings Win Their First Stanley Cup

Los Angeles : CA : USA | Jun 11, 2012 at 10:19 PM PDT
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Captain Dustin Brown accepts the Cup from Commisioner Bettman

The Los Angeles Kings won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history Monday night with a convincing 6-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils at Staples Center. The game turned early when the Kings scored three power play goals in a 3:58 span in the first period. Midway through the first period Steve Bernier was sent off for boarding Rob Scuderi. Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter and Trevor Lewis all scored on the ensuing five minute power play to give LA a 3-0 lead. The Devils would get no closer.

The Kings march through the playoffs was one of the most impressive playoff runs in NHL history. They were seeded 8th in the West and quickly knocked out the #1 seed Vancouver Canucks in five games. The #2 seeded St. Louis Blues were next, getting swept by the Kings in four straight. The Phoenix Coyotes then fell in five games setting up the showdown with New Jersey. After dropping the first three games the Devils took games four and five and made a series of it. New Jersey was attempting to become the first team in 70 years to overcome a 3 game deficit in the Finals. LA went 16-4 through the playoffs losing only the one road game in New Jersey.

Jonathan Quick won the Conn Smythe trophy given to the MVP of the Finals. His playoff stats are among the best of all time. In the Finals he stopped 125 of 132 shots for a .946 save percentage and a goals against average of 1.46. Playing on a team that was the second lowest scoring team during the regular season, Quick was as big a reason as any for the Kings to win their first Cup in their 45 year history.

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The Los Angeles Kings celebrate winning the Stanley Cup on Monday night.
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