L.A. Kings Win Stanley Cup
The Los Angeles Kings won Game 6 against the New Jersey Devils 6-1 on Monday night to hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time in the franchise’s 45-year existence.
The Kings ran roughshod over the first three teams they faced in the playoffs and looked like they were going to ease past the Devils when they were up 3-0 in the series, but New Jersey won two straight.
Jonathan Quick was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy after a sensational playoff run that keyed the Kings’ first-ever Stanley Cup.
Quick becomes just the third American-born playoff MVP. He made 17 saves last night in the Game 6 clincher and had an unbelievable 1.41 goals-against average and .946 save percentage in the postseason. With a team that struggled to score goals in the regular season, Quick almost single-handedly got the Kings into the playoffs, then he was even stingier when the games really counted. He’s easily among the top netminders in the league, and is getting the recognition he deserves.