The Los Angeles Kings are now Kings of the hill after last night’s Stanley Cup game six clincher winning 6-1. Southern California was set to celebrate and the Staple Center tenants didn’t disappoint. After a five minute major boarding penalty against New Jersey, LA took full advantage. They scored three goals during that power play and went into the first intermission up 3-0.
The Kings added another goal in the second to go up 4-0. New Jersey gave Jonathon Quick his only blemish of the evening and scored late in the 2nd period. The Kings added an empty net goal and an even strength goal to put frosting on their victory cake with under five minutes left.
At the game’s conclusion the two teams shook hands and exchanged pleasantries. Marty Brodeur arguably one of the best goalies of all time showed what a class act he is by hugging Jonathon Quick. Quick became only the third American born player to win the Conn Smyth Trophy as the playoff MVP. He joins Brian Leach (New York Rangers/1994), and Tim Thomas (Boston Bruins/2011).
LA’s long painful drought is over after 45 years. To put this into perspective, when the Kings joined the league during the 1967-1968 season; Lyndon Johnson was president, the US was entangled in the Vietnam War, and Martin Luther King was still alive. This is the second cup for Southern California. The Anaheim Ducks won it in 2007.
LA’s victory parade will be Thursday at 12 noon PST.