Even though Los Angeles Kingswasn’t able to sweep the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Finals, a championship is still a fitting ending for the spectacular season they had. The Stanley Cup title is the first one for the franchise after appearing in their second Finals series this year, the first one being in 1993. Owners of Los Angeles Kings tickets were really rocking in Game 6 of the Finals since they have waited for almost five decades just to have a taste of a title.
A lot of hockey fans were expecting a sweep but New Jersey played their hearts out in Games 4 and 5 to extend the series. In Game 4, it seemed that Los Angeles took their eyes off the puck which prevented them from sweeping the Finals and a place in the history books. What they set was a record for taking a 3-0 record in all its playoff series but failed three times to end the series in Game 4. New Jersey, on the other hand, became the sixth team to force Game 5 after falling 3-0 in the series.
Los Angeles entered Game 5 with a perfect record on the road in the playoffs going 10-0 but New Jersey tarnished it. They ended the road winning streak of Los Angeles and moved halfway to matching a feat no other team has done in the last seven decades. Showing hard work throughout the game, New Jersey derailed the coronation of the Kings for the second straight time. It was definitely the work of the Devils’ goalie Martin Brodeur that helped them stay alive in the series and move a win away from tying it.
New Jersey entered Game 6 with high hopes of extending the series to a deciding Game 7 and do the improbable but the players of Los Angeles already had enough. The Kings started out strong leading 3-0 in the first period, which basically sealed the championship to them. In the succeeding periods, New Jersey managed to score only one goal as compared to another three goals for Los Angeles. After the buzzer made its final sound for the season, the Kings ended its 45-year quest for a Stanley Cup title.
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick won the Conn Smythe Trophy for his outstanding play throughout the playoffs. The playoff MVP yielded only 29 goals during the 20 playoff games played by Los Angeles. For the playoffs, he had a 1.41 goals-against average and a .946 saves percentage, which is a record for goalies who played at least 15 games. In the Finals series, he only allowed 7 goals in six games. With his playoff performance, the 26-year-old goalie put himself into the list of the world’s best.
Quick is certainly one of the reasons for the success of Los Angeles this season. He’s been their best player as well as backbone all season and was often the carrying the team through rough stretches. This was awarded with an All-Start berth, his first in his career.
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