Kings defeat Devils to claim Stanley Cup
Kings defeat Devils to claim Stanley Cup

The Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 on Monday to win the Stanley Cup, completing their improbable run to the first NHL championship in the club's history.

The Kings, who had led the best-of-seven championship series 3-0 before dropping two straight games, completed a four-games-to-two triumph.

After grabbing the last playoff spot in the Western Conference, they became the first eighth-seeded team in NHL history to raise the Cup.

Dustin Brown had a goal and two assists, Trevor Lewis and Jeff Carter scored two goals apiece and goaltender Jonathan Quick made 17 saves en route to earning the Conn Smythe trophy as the playoffs' most valuable player.

The Devils had become the first team since 1945 to go down 0-3 in the finals and hold on to force a sixth game, and their two wins had raised the question of whether the Kings would join the 1942 Detroit Red Wings as the only team to blow a 3-0 Stanley Cup Finals lead.

That fear was virtually over by the end of the first period on Monday.

Thanks to a five-minute major penalty handed out to New Jersey forward Steve Bernier for boarding 11 minutes into the game, the Kings scored three power-play goals to seize control.

Brown scored the first, charging the net and re-directing Drew Doughty's shot for a 1-0 lead at 11:03 of the first.

He then assisted on a goal by Carter, coming from behind the net and firing toward Devils goalie Martin Brodeur a shot that Carter directed into the net at 12:45. Lewis made it 3-0 at 15.01 of the first.

Carter added another 1:30 into the second period, beating Brodeur with a wrist shot before the Devils' Adam Henrique got New Jersey on the board at 18:45 of the second.

Lewis added another goal at 16:15 of the third, and Matt Greene tacked on one more less than a minute later against the stunned Devils.

The Kings' triumph comes after a stuttering regular season that saw them replace coach Terry Murray with Darryl Sutter in mid-campaign.

But Los Angeles stormed to the Western Conference crown. They needed just 14 games -- matching an NHL record -- to reach the championship series for the just the second time in their 45-year history, the first coming back in 1993.

They ousted top-seeded Vancouver in five games in the first round, swept St. Louis then eliminated Phoenix in five games.

The West Australian

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