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 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.