The Los Angeles Kings now will have bragging rights in the NHL for the next year, as they become this year's Stanley Cup Champions. They have won their first Cup in Franchise history, and, as I predicted in my Stanley Cup preview, they did it in 6 games.
It's sad to say, but this game was over in the first period. Steve Bernier boarded Rob Scuderi in that period, and received a 5 minute major penalty that resulted in 3 power play goals, by Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter, and Trevor Lewis. Jeff Carter would score again in the second period to widen the lead to 4-0. Just when it looked like there was no hope, Adam Henrique scored in the second to give the Devils a glisten of hope. With about 4 minutes left in the third period, Marty Brodeur was pulled to attempt to make a comeback, but it backfired as Trevor Lewis scored on the empty net. Matt Greene scored 15 seconds later to rub some salt in the wound to make it 6-1, which would be the final score. The Conn Smythe trophy was awarded to goaltender Jonathan Quick, and the team took their turns hoisting the Cup.
Who would've predicted in the beginning of the playoffs that the Kings would meet the Devils in the Stanley Cup Finals? Certainly not me. The fact that the Kings took out the first, second and third seeds was phenomenal. They proved to have a top three goaltender, and proved they can score goals and play defense. Their team played with a lot of poise and determination.
The New Jersey Devils played very well, and they batted extremely hard to get to a game 6. Marty Brodeur proved that he still has something in the tank, and Kovalchuk proved to be a more dangerous two way player. But could this be the last time we see Marty Brodeur and Zach Parise in Devils' uniforms? It's hard to say, but I think we'll see at least one, if not both, back in Devils red.
So now, with the happiest point of the NHL season for most, comes the saddest for all- the realization that there will be no regular season games until October. We will start anew, and every team, even my lowly Islanders, will have a chance to do what we all just witnessed the Kings do. All fans from all corners of the globe can hope to see their captain hoist the cup over their heads. It's what keeps us going as fans- hope. Hope to be as jubilant as Kings fans are right now. Hope that their favorite team will leave their mark in sports history. Hope that, for even just once, they can be on top of the world.
So hockey fans, my hope is that you enjoyed my coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals. I won't be leaving you over the summer, as I will continue to cover hockey and other sports as well. I enjoyed bringing you my analysis and opinions after every game, and I hope to keep you all entertained in the future as well.
Congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings, the 2011-2012 Stanley Cup Champions!