LOS ANGELES – The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs can rest a lot easier now.
In front of a sell-out crowd of over 18,000 at Staples Center, which would feature celebrities such as David Beckham, Matthew Perry and James Gandofini, the eighth-seeded Kings would simply overwhelm Devils goalie, Marty Brodeur.
New Jersey—inspired by two wins in Game 4 and 5—was attempting to become the second team in NHL history to rally from a 0-3 deficit.
Unfortunately, for the Devils, Kings center Jeff Carter had other ideas.
Los Angeles would jump out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first period on a power play goal from forward Dustin Brown after a five-minute major to Devils forward Steve Bernier for boarding and a ten-minute penalty for game misconduct at 10:10 of the first period.
Carter would score his first goal on a power play one minute and 42 seconds later on a tip-in assisted by Brown and Richards to give the Kings a 2-0 lead.
The Kings would extend their lead to 3-0 on a power play goal from forward Trevor Lewis on a backhand at the 15:01 mark.
At 1:30 of the second period, Los Angeles would make the score, 4-0, on a wrist shot by Jeff Carter. New Jersey would score it’s first goal of the game at 18:45 on a goal from forward Adam Henrique.
The Kings would put an exclamation point on the game with a empty-net goal from Trevor Lewis at 16:15 and a unassisted goal from forward Matt Greene at 16:30.
Kings right winger, Dustin Brown would become the second-born American captain American goalie to raise the Cup, Kings goalie Jonathan Quick would become the third American to win the Conn Smythe Trophy for Most Valuable Player. Quick would have three shutouts in leading the Kings to a improbable 16-4 run.
The Kings, who would knock off the top three teams in the West in Vancouver, St Louis and Phoenix before defeating the sixth-seeded Devils from the East, would help re-ignite a love affair of ick hockey that hasn’t been seen in “The City of Angels” since the days of Wayne Gretzky.
After 44 years of being a mere afterthought in the Southern California sports scene, The Kings finally have a crown all it’s own to claim.
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