After winning the first three games of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, then losing the next two, Darryl Sutter's Kings laid down the law in Game 6, and finished off the Devils at the Staples Center with an emphatic 6-1 win.
It took the Kings 45 years to do it, but they finally brought the city of Los Angeles its first Stanley Cup trophy.
Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter and Trevor Lewis all scored power-play goals in the first period that were sparked by Steve Bernier's five-minute boarding penalty and game misconduct.
Jeff Carter scored another 1:30 into the second period.
It turned into a laugher when Lewis added an empty-netter at the 16:15 mark and Matt Greene scored 15 seconds later to make it a five-goal advantage.
This one quickly fell apart for the Devils, as they lost their composure early on and couldn't muster much of anything, let alone a comeback.
What a performance by the Kings to cap a dominant playoff run that saw them compile a 16-4 record and breeze through some of the best teams in the National Hockey League.
Not surprisingly, Jonathan Quick was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
Los Angeles won't be forgetting this for a long time.
Tweets of the Night
The fake John Madden account is almost as funny as the real John Madden.
Two of the three Pacquiao-Bradley judges have the Devils on top of the Kings 8-1.— Faux John Madden (@FauxJohnMadden) June 12, 2012
An 8-seed is about to win the Cup. If the NHL had the BCS system, the Kings would have played in the Kraft Fight Hunger Hockey Bowl.— SportsPickle (@sportspickle) June 12, 2012
This hockey fan didn't find it hard to tell that Quick was having an easy night between the pipes.
Jim Rome knows what's next for the Kings, and even added a little jab at Martin Brodeur.
Be careful out there tonight, Kings fans.
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Grades for Key Kings Players
Jonathan Quick: A
Quick didn't face many shots in this one, as has been the case for the majority of the series, but he stonewalled the ones that did come at him.
He was the best goaltender of the postseason and put his team on his back. Sure, the offense did its job, but when a goalie allows just eight goals through six games in the Stanley Cup Final, he has to be seen as the hero.
It was a storybook postseason for the 26-year-old netminder, and one that will be solidified in Kings' lore forever.
Dustin Brown: A
Brown was only able to tally one point in the first five games of this series, but that changed in Game 6. The captain notched three points in this one, scoring the opening power-play goal at the 11:03 mark, then grabbing an assist on the Kings' second and fourth goals of the night.
The 27-year-old right winger registered 20 points in 20 postseason games, a feat that he won't forget any time soon.
Grades for Key Devils Players
Martin Brodeur: D
Brodeur can't get an "F" here, simply because the Devils were absolutely terrible in front of him in the series-clinching loss.
While we've seen him single-handedly keep his team in the game on countless occasions over the course of his career, he didn't put on one of his signature shows in Game 6.
We won't know whether he wants to come back for another season or hang up his skates until sometime in the near future.
Zach Parise: F
Parise deserves an "F" for his play. He's New Jersey's captain and considered one of the best American players in the league, but he hardly played that way in Game 6.
He finished the series with just one goal, and along with Ilya Kovalchuk, was one of the biggest let-downs for New Jersey in the finals.
Deciding Factor: Steve Bernier's Boarding Penalty
Bernier was given a five-minute boarding penalty at the 10:10 mark in the opening frame after he hit Rob Scuderi into the boards from behind, also receiving a game misconduct in the process.
The floodgates opened soon thereafter for the Kings.
Dustin Brown tipped a perfect pass from Drew Doughty through Brodeur's five hole. Less than two minutes later, he ripped a shot that was deflected into the net by Jeff Carter.
Nearing the end of the man advantage, Trevor Lewis hammered the third goal of the power play into the back of the net after Brodeur failed to cover up the puck in the crease.
Had Bernier never hit Scuderi, we could have seen a totally different outcome in this game.
Game MVP: Dustin Brown
Brown put up three points on a night where the Kings desperately needed his presence to put an exclamation point on this series.
He was fantastic the entire postseason, so it's fitting that he had one of his best games in the clincher.
The Kings head to some club in Los Angeles to celebrate their victory while the Devils hop on a plane back to New Jersey left to think about what could have been.
The CBA expires this offseason, so hopefully we'll get to see the Kings defend Lord Stanley's Cup, but only time will tell.
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