Tuesday, June 12, 2012
NHL : LA Kings win first Stanley Cup in 45-year history
With three first-period power-play goals after New Jersey's Steve Bernier was ejected for boarding Rob Scuderi, the Kings finished the job after taking a 3-0 series lead and then losing two potential clinching games last week.
Jeff Carter and Trevor Lewis scored two goals each, captain Dustin Brown had a goal and two assists as keeper Jonathan Quick made 17 saves in his latest stellar performance for the Kings.
Los Angeles became the first eighth-seeded playoff team to win the Stanley Cup, completing a dominant two-month playoff run in front of frenzied fans who had waited 45 years for their first look at the Stanley Cup since the Kings' expansion birth in 1967.
THE LOS ANGELES KINGS PLAYOFF ROUTE :
Conference Q/Fs : #8 LOS ANGELES KINGS beat #1 VANCOUVER CANUCKS 4-1
Conference S/Fs : #8 LOS ANGELES KINGS beat #2 ST LOUIS BLUES 4-0
Conference Final: #8 LOS ANGELES KINGS beat #3 PHOENIX COYOTES 4-1
Stanley Cup : #8 LOS ANGELES KINGS beat #6 NEW JERSEY DEVILS 4-2