Not surprisingly, goaltender Jonathan Quick was rewarded for his cumulative 20-game playoff performance in the form of the Conn Smythe Trophy after his Los Angeles Kings clinched the Stanley Cup Monday night.
But in the 60 minutes of action that preceded the distribution of hardware, Quick’s skating mates rewarded him by pouncing on the New Jersey Devils’ lack of discipline and stole the show in Game 6. They outshot their visitors 25-18 and outscored them 6-1 to thwart an epic comeback and deliver their franchise’s first title in 45 years of existence.
At one point, namely the 1:30 mark of the second period, the host Kings had as many goals (four) against Martin Brodeur as the Devils had shots against Quick. And they owed it most heavily to their captain and a couple of offseason and midseason acquisitions.
It’s hard to resist the temptation to lend honorable mentions to the likes of Dwight King, Jarret Stoll, Trevor Lewis and Drew Doughty for their self-explanatory contributions. But in the spirit of selectiveness, the three most outstanding players in the Kings’ romp to the title are detailed as follows.