The Los Angeles Kings won their first Stanley Cup in their 45-year history in style Monday night with a 6-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on home ice. Captain Dustin Brown, who had a goal and two assists, became only the second American-born captain to lift the cup—in front of a wildly delirious Staples Center crowd which included dozens of fans who have been rink-side since the team's creation in 1967, reports AP.
The Devils had scored back-to-back wins after going 3-0 down, raising fears that the Kings would be the first team since 1942 to blow a 3-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup final, but the first period changed everything, the Los Angeles Times reports. Devils forward Steve Bernier was slapped with a five-minute penalty for boarding, and the Kings were 3-0 up by the end of the power play. Jeff Carter and Trevor Lewis scored two goals apiece for the Kings. Matt Greene added another, and playoff MVP Jonathan Quick stopped 17 shots, helping make the Kings the first eighth-seeded team ever to lift the Cup. (Read more Los Angeles Kings stories.)