NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 12, 2012.

The Los Angeles Kings defeat the New Jersey Devils in six games to win their first Stanley Cup.  Read on for the details.

 

Los Angeles Kings: 2012 Stanley Cup champions.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Three first period power-play goals paved the way to a 6-1 victory for the Los Angeles Kings, as they defeated the New Jersey Devils in six games to claim their first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Captain Dustin Brown (1 goal, 2 assists), Jeff Carter and Trevor Lewis (two goals each) powered the Kings to their Game Six victory.

PHILLY.COM: Former Flyers Carter, Mike Richards, Simon Gagne and assistant GM Ron Hextall helped the Kings win their first Cup championship.

NEW YORK TIMES: Only minor disturbances were reported around the Staples Center in the wake of the Kings championship victory.

KABC: The Kings parade and rally is scheduled for downtown LA on Thursday beginning at noon local time.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: The Devils players stood behind forward Steve Bernier, whose five minute major and game misconduct for boarding Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi midway through the first period was the game’s turning point, allowing the Kings to score three power-play goals in that period. Devils fans, however, aren’t likely to forget this penalty.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bernier’s penalty was compared to the infamous illegal stick penalty on then-Kings defenseman Marty McSorley in the 1993 Cup Final, which was also a series turning point.

NJ.COM: Devils goalie Martin Brodeur cast aside any doubts over his future, saying he intends to return with the club next season. Teammate Zach Parise, however, declined to discuss his future following the game. He’s eligible for UFA status on July 1.

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues are now the only existing team from the 1967 expansion not to win the Stanley Cup.

7 Comments

  1. Congrats to the Kings! They were built similarly to last year’s cup champs Boston.

    1. Great goaltending.
    2. Very solid on D, althought the Kings’ D is more mobile than Boston’s.
    3. Excellent strength down the middle at centre ice.
    4. Big strong wingers.
    5. Excellent depth on the 4th line.

  2. now that the playoffs are over the NHL needs to work on settling the CBA and fixing the Major flaws in the game. chief amongst these flaws would be the inconsistent officiating and the completely dull hockey that prevaded this years playoffs. with the amount of blocked shots in the playoffs it has to occur to the people in charge that 5 players surrounding the goalie allows for virtually no offence and turns even the most hardcore fans away. the inconsistency in the officiating was never more apparent than in last nights game when Stoll boarded Henrique with no call and then Bernier got a pivotal 5 minute major for a similar play, you can argue that Bernier’s was more aggressive but it wouldn’t have happened had Stoll been in the box for his play. there were a lot of calls missed in every game that favoured the team of size just like in last years playoff and eliminated most of the exciting teams that favoured skill over size in the first round.

  3. gameon63-

    so are players suppsoed to step out of the shooting lanes? if players have the guts to pay the price and block shots, isnt that what winning is all about? if anyone took anything from this years playoffs, especially hardcore fans, it’s every team has a chance to win when the playoffs start. finals featuring a 6th seed vs 8th seed(probably not an 8th seed if they have sutter and carter all year) is great for the sport. the playoffs are a grind and are always going to favor the bigger, stronger, deeper and better conditioned teams.

  4. Congratlations to the Kings on a well deserved Cup victory.
    Contratulations also to the Devils who had an excellent season. it is too bad a deciding game was blown open due to a 5 minute major. it was a deserved penalty, but just the wrong time and place for it. In my opinion, it ruined what would have been a very close game.

    Anyone know how hurt Kovalchuk is? When the game was out of hand he played sparingly and looked like Bambi.

  5. I’m not one who agrees that these playoffs were dull. I saw plenty of fast paced hockey. Having no favorite to root for after the first round, I still enjoyed this postseason. If blocked shots and low scores equal boring hockey then the Phi-Pitt series was the antithesis, and that series was anything but good hockey. As far as Bernier penalty, it was deserved. When you start adding if to the equation, there is no end. If Marty hadn’t let in an OT goal, the Devs would have won. If Quick didn’t misplay the puck in game 5, the Kings would have won. Where do you stop? Congrats to the KIngs, enjoy you’re Cup LA, you had an incredible run.

  6. The playoffs favor the teams with size (Anaheim, Boston, LA) because the playoffs are such a long grind. These teams also had great depth. The Rangers lacked the depth on D and it cost them. Your team gets worn out.

    The officiating is inconsistent because the league emphasizes that referees “manage” the game rather than “referee” it. Instead of instinctively reacting to each situation, they think too much and referee the scoreboard.

    The big difference between the two boarding hits last night was that there was no glass where the NJ player was hit and therefore it wasn’t as dangerous; it was a hit from behind. Violently being thrown into the glass–not the boards–injured Scuderi. The call on Bernier was correct; the lack of a call on the LA player depended on your point of view.

  7. NYR84 size should not negate skill and what the NHL needs to understand is they’re in the entertainment business first. you missed the point entirely when you asked if players should step out of shooting lanes, the Kings were surrounding the net not allowing any shots which equates with DULL hockey. the size of the net has never changed but the average size of players has, not to mention the size of their equipment (some might call it armor at this point) and there’s less room than ever on the ice. with the increased size of equipment it doesn’t take much “guts” to block a shot you don’t even feel. we’re not that far removed from the point where there were more people watching “Texas Holdem poker” and that was because hockey got DULL and changes were needed. this block every shot tactic drags hockey back towards that point and allowing skill and exciting play to flourish is the way out.