Let Lord Stanley’s Wild Rumpus . . . Conclude! (Crowning The Kings Edition)

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:

L.A.’s new royalty, Kings turn tumult into Stanley Cup triumph

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.

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3 Responses to Let Lord Stanley’s Wild Rumpus . . . Conclude! (Crowning The Kings Edition)

  1. In truth, a lot of hockey people saw it coming, especially after the coaching change. With Quick, Richards, Carter, and Kopitar — and Sutter driving the bus — they were taken very seriously by pretty much everyone.

  2. Laurence Glavin says:

    Never mind gaffes by politicians; gaffes by reporters and anchors on TV who had no more knowledge about ice hockey than a novice in a nunnery (Gilbert & Sullivan reference for the uninitiated) confused these particular “Kings” with an identically-yclept NBA team in Sacramento, CA, even displaying their logo. And this was IN California. The fellow whose name is Jonathan Quick was called Jonathan Swift by another clueless anchor: http://www.mediabistro.com/tvspy/video-confused-la-anchor-calls-kings-goalie-jonathan-quick-jonathan-swift_b51101 (If you do click on this video, then scroll down to the comments, you’ll note that I mentioned that a WBZ-TV anchor referred to a mother living in the Town of Somerset, MA as a “Somerset mom”.

  3. Laurence Glavin says: “Worst episode ever.”

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