The Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 in Game 6 of the Cup Finals, capturing their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
Hoisting the Stanley Cup on home ice, the Kings went 16-4 in the playoffs, losing just once on the road,Â defeating the top-3 seeds in the Western Conference, followed by taking a 3-0 series lead against New Jersey, before finishing off the Devils in six games on home ice.
Jonathan Quick took home the Conn Smythe Trophy, going 16-4 with a 1.41 goals against average and .946 save percentage. Quick put together one of the most dominant playoff runs for a goaltender in recent memory.
Former Penguin Rob Scuderi captured his second Stanley Cup in four years and few would have thought when Scuderi signed a four year – $13.6 million contract back in July 2009, that he would win another Stanley Cup before the Penguins would again.
Meanwhile, just a year ago Mike Richards and Jeff Carter were the cornerstones of the Philadelphia Flyers franchise and tonight the two won their first Stanley Cup together with the Kings,Â as aggressive moves from GM Dean Lombardi that began last summer with the Richards trade, trade deadline acquisition of Carter and a coaching change were among the factors that eventually helped transform the Kings into a Stanley Cup winning team.
Now it’s onto the off-season….