For the first time in franchise history, the historically-maligned Los Angeles Kings can be called the best team in the NHL. During the NHL playoffs, the Kings were unstoppable thanks to hot goalie Jonathan quick and In front of a partisan crowd at the Staples Center, the Kings knew their chance was coming. It was the team’s first trip to the Stanley Cup finals since Wayne Gretzky dragged the team there in 1992-93, and it ended up being the franchise’s first win. The Kings drubbed the New Jersey Devils 6-1 last night to take home the Stanley Cup.
“You get that four-goal lead, you know, it’s hard for it not to creep into your head a little bit,” admitted LA goalie Jonathan Quick. ”That’s when you take a big, deep breath, relax a little bit, and know it’s going to happen.”
This was a very important Stanley Cup, not for LA, but for America. Quick is only the third American goalie to win the Conn Smythe trophy, while team captain Dustin Brown is only the second American-born captain to hoist the Stanley Cup (Derian Hatcher did it last season with the Dallas Stars, no doubt kicking off a host of riots in Vancouver). The Kings, who stormed out to a 3-0 lead only to give back two games to the Devils, were the 8th seed in the Western Conference, AKA the worst team to make the playoffs, yet somehow, they’re the ones hoisting the 36-pound silver trophy at the end of the year.
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