|Posted on June 12, 2012 at 9:10 PM|
I saw something in the Los Angeles Kings from the very beginning of the 2012 National Hockey League season, protecting them to the represent Western Conference at the very beginning of the season. I put money on this team when the odds were 10/1 to win the Stanley Cup.
Tonight, the 2012 Los Angeles Kings captured the franchise’s first-ever Stanley Cup (they were founded February 9, 1966). The only other time the Los Angeles Kings were close to winning the Stanley Cup was in 1993. The Montréal Canadiens won that year and are the last Canadian team to do so.
This group of Kings Players became winners in fine fashion, greater than I even envisioned; recording a mark of 16-4 in the playoffs. These Los Angeles Kings became the first, eighth place team to win the Cup. Beating the Vancouver Canucks St. Louis Blues Phoenix Coyotes and New Jersey Devils along the way, they tied an NHL record for road wins, going 10-1 away from home before winning the Cup on Staples Center ice. For me, this is one of the most incredible Stanley Cup runs of my life.
Tonight, was a game that turned on a brutal boarding penalty — both in timing and result — by Devils forward Steve Bernier on Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi, bloodying the Los Angeles veteran with a hit from behind at the end boards at 10:10 of the first period.
The hit — arriving moments after a non-call on Kings forward Jarret Stoll for a hit from behind on the Devils' Steven Gionta near the benches — resulted in a 5-minute power play for the Kings. The Kings entered the game with the third-worst power play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (10.6 percent). They struck three times on that major penalty power play, burying the Devils early in the game. Devils fans must be ticked off with the call. However, I think it was the right call. It would've been a penalty in any scenario. It was a great job by LA to take advantage of the opportunity.
The Los Angeles Kings clinched the 2012 Stanley Cup Championship with the 6-1 victory over the Jersey Devils in Game 6. Not surprisingly, Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
Congratulations, to everybody in the Los Angeles Kings organization, the fans, the players, the city.
This team played incredible, unforgettable hockey! Congratulations, again on achieving the ultimate dream, Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup Champions 2012. Enjoy the party!
[Source: HockeyFanLand.com] / [Photo: Bridget Samuels]
Video: The Los Angeles Kings Win the 2012 Stanley Cup