The Los Angeles Kings win the franchise’s first Stanley Cup in its 45 year history, after defeating the New Jersey Devils 6-1 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals on June 11th in the Staples Center.
The Kings won the series four games to two, after winning the first three games to lead the the series before losing Game 4 and Game 5 to the Devils.
The loss to the Devils in Game 5 was the Kings only road loss of the postseason.
The Kings finish the postseason with a 16-4 record.
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was named the final’s MVP and was awarded the Conn Smythe trophy after the game before the Stanley Cup was presented to the team.
Quick had three shutout games in the playoffs.
The Kings victory also added more content to the NHL history books as captain Dustin Brown became only the 2nd American-born team captain to lead his team to win the Stanley Cup.
Due to some ups and downs in the early part of the season, the Kings had to make a coaching change in which Darryl Sutter became the head coach.
Sutter is the 5th midseason coaching replacement to win the Stanley Cup in NHL history.
The team also became the first No. 8 seed in either NHL conference to win the Stanley Cup.
The Kings are 1-1 in Stanley Cup Finals appearances.
For the Devils, goalie Marty Brodeur has no plans to retire and will likely return to the team next season to make another run for the Stanley Cup.
Brodeur has been with the Devils for his entire 21-year career since the team drafted him in 1990.