Stanley Cup Finals: 3 Stars from the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals
Congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings on winning the 2011-12 Stanley Cup. The series between the Kings and the New Jersey Devils had tons of great moments but there were three players who really stood out and elevated their games. The Kings won the series 4-2 on the heels of a 6-1 Game 6 victory.
The Kings have a lot to be proud about and they had some amazing contributions from key players during the Stanley Cup Final.
There is little to no doubt that these three players were the definitive three stars of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals.
1. Jonathan Quick, 2012 Conn Smythe Winner
Quick was phenomenal for the Los Angeles Kings throughout the entire playoffs He posted a 16-4-0 record had a 1.41 goals against average, a .942 save percentage and he recorded three shutouts along the way.
Quick stepped his game up during the finals and backstopped the Kings to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. His rise to dominance definitely cements his status as one of the NHL's top goaltenders.
Quick has already captured two pieces of hardware but will he capture a third piece—the Vezina Trophy—in a few weeks at the NHL Awards ceremony in Las Vegas?
2. Anze Kopitar, Five Points in Six Games
Kopitar tied Dustin Brown for total points in the 2011-12 playoffs, but Kopitar had a solid Stanley Cup Final. Scoring between the two teams was kept to a minimum for the most part, but Kopitar's huge breakaway goal in Game 1 set the tone for the series.
If Los Angeles went down 1-0 in the series, the Devils could have really went on to change the outcome of this series. Kopitar shined on the largest stage possible, and there is no reason why he won't be a household name next season.
3. Drew Doughty, Six Points in Six Games
Doughty, as a defenseman, had a large offensive impact for the Kings. He was a continual threat on the power play, he had no problem joining the rush and Doughty made a few defensive stops along the way to the Kings' cup win.
Doughty and his contract were heavily criticized at the beginning of the season, but he earned every penny for his performance during the playoffs and more importantly, the Stanley Cup Final.
The Los Angeles Kings have a majority of their key players locked up for the foreseeable future, so is a repeat performance in their future? Jonathan Quick is going to only get better, and with the offensive fire power the Kings have, they could be a real threat next season.
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