What a Stanley Cup Finals.
It was another unpredictable year in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the Los Angeles Kings became not only the lowest-seeded team to ever claim the greatest prize in sports (a record that can only be tied), but the ninth team to win the Stanley Cup over the last nine seasons.
Through the first three rounds of this year's playoffs, hockey fans were spoiled with 23 overtime games. The Stanley Cup Finals didn't disappoint either, when the first two games of the series were decided by overtime game-winners, including this timeless beauty from game 1.
Some groans were heard after the Kings went up 3-0, but the Devils won the next two and forced the decisive game six in L.A., which the Kings won in front of their home fans.
Though it surely wasn't intentional, it was worth it for the Kings to lose two in a row (for the first time all postseason), snapping their undefeated road winning streak in Newark. Those back-to-back losses brought the series back to the Staples Center, where Dustin Brown and company scored six goals and felt the weight of the Stanley Cup for the first time in this L.A. franchise's 45 years of existence.
Here are the five best players of the Stanley Cup Finals (spoiler alert), including Brown: