You knew it wasn’t the New Jersey Devils’ night in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals when, at the start of the second period, with the Devils already down 3-0, a linesman inadvertently set a pick on a Devils defender, thereby allowing the Los Angeles Kings to go up 4-0.
It was all over but the shooting from there, ending in a 6-1 Kings victory and the franchise’s first drink from Lord Stanley’s Cup.
Via the Los Angeles Times:
The Kings overcame adversity all season before zooming through the first three playoff rounds, then finishing off the Devils in Game 6 to win their first title.
No one saw this coming. Not this way, certainly, if there was any fuzzy vision of it happening at all.
The Los Angeles Kings, who ranked next-to-last in the NHL in scoring, who went through the turmoil of a mid-December coaching change and weren’t assured of a playoff spot until the last weekend of the season, zoomed through the first three rounds of the playoffs before running into resistance from the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Final.
Slowed but not stopped, the Kings prevailed Monday on their third try, skating off with a 6-1 victory at Staples Center and the first Stanley Cup championship since the franchise was born in 1967.
This was a great Cinderfella story that saw the eighth-seeded Kings dispatch “the No. 1-seeded Vancouver Canucks, No. 2-seeded St. Louis Blues and No. 3 Phoenix Coyotes before wrestling with the Devils, the best the East had to offer.”
In the end, it was the Kings who were the best.