The Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup on Monday night, defeating in New Jersey Devils inside Staples Center to capture the first championship in franchise history.
Taking advantage of a five minute major for boarding handed to Steve Bernier in the first period, the Kings scored three goals during the major power play – one each from Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter, and Trevor Lewis. The Devils never had a chance after that, as the team that had scored first in the Final was 5-0 up to that point. Carter would score another and Adam Henrique would keep his team from being shut out at the end of the second period, but all that achieved was a bit of dignity. The Kings would add two more, one into an empty net and one right after Martin Brodeur was replaced, and closed it out with a 6-1 win.
Jonathan Quick was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP, the second consecutive American goaltender to win the award. Quick, who was the reason the Kings even made the playoffs in the first place, was superb all playoffs and really only had one below average game: game five of the Final.
And so closed one of the most dominant postseasons in the history of the National Hockey League. For the first time in history, an eight seed won the Stanley Cup, and they did it while only losing four contests and conceding 30 goals across 20 games played. Los Angeles took a 3-0 lead in all four series, the first time in NHL history that happened, and never felt any pressure except in the Final.
With the Collective Bargaining Agreement set to expire on September 15 and negotiations far apart, it could be the last hockey we see in 2012. But for now, it’s time to celebrate the Kings – who smoked everyone on their way to the start of a dynasty.
The Black Parade, indeed.
Harry Hawkings is a college student who is credentialed to cover the 2012 Stanley Cup Final for RtR. Follow him on twitter here.