The Los Angeles Kings have won the Stanley Cup. It is their first Stanley Cup in franchise history and comes after a dominant playoff performance that saw them steamroll the Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues and Phoenix Coyotes.
The Kings won the Cup by defeating the New Jersey Devils, closing out the series and the season with a convincing 6-1 victory on Monday night at the Staples Center. The Kings won the Stanley Cup in the sixth game of the series, finishing it off four games to two.
The Devils fought more valiantly than any other team the Kings came up against, but in the end Jonathan Quick was able to win the goaltending duel against Martin Brodeur and the Kings’ offensive prowess and physical domination was simply too much. Despite hanging in there for a lot of the series, the Devils simply fell apart on Monday night and presented no threat to the Kings as they faced elimination.
The sixth and deciding game of the series saw the notoriously close match-ups between the Kings and Devils get blown wide open. Dustin Brown, Trevor Lewis and Jeff Carter opened the floodgates with early goals, while the rest of the club closed in and sealed the deal after the Devils all but gave up. Only Brodeur seemed to show up to play after the game was out of reach, although rookie Adam Henrique continued to impress and put the Devils on the board.
At the very least, the Devils were able to slow down the Kings’ rabid offensive production. Los Angeles scored 41 goals in their first 14 games of the playoffs, but the Devils held them only 10 markers in the first five games of the series.
The Kings certainly deserved the Cup and all congratulations are due to them. They were the toughest team in the post-season, by far, and gave several “better on paper” teams a ton of trouble. They can and will hold their heads high after putting together one of the most magical, impressive post-seasons in recent memory.