NHL Stanley Cup Finals: LA Kings Make History Amid Controversy
It has been a historic postseason run for the Kings of Los Angeles, setting records for NHL hockey and in all major sports in North America.
After losing the previous two games to the Devils—who were the first team since 1945 to force a Game 6 in the Stanley Cup Finals after trailing 3-0—the Kings rallied to win in Game 6.
The controversial penalty may have reminded LA fans about the Marty McSorely penalty in the 1993 Stanley Cup Final.
Just over 10 minutes into the first period, Devils forward Steve Bernier hit Rob Scuderi from behind, bloodying the Kings player and getting a five-minute major and game misconduct in the process.
During that penalty, the Kings scored three times and essentially won the game.
The Devils could have managed a comeback, but were unable to get shots on net in Game 6. They only managed to find the net 18 times during three periods of play.
The Kings on the other hand, found the back of the net another three times to put the game out of reach for New Jersey.
It had only been a few days previous when some were wondering if fatigue would stop the Kings from winning the Stanley Cup.
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With the odds in their favor, the Kings rallied from their first back-to-back losses this postseason.
LA silenced the naysayers, and proved that they deserved to win the Stanley Cup.
Looking back over their run to the Finals, they kept making a good case to be the favorite to win the Cup.
They were the second team (and the first No. 8 seed) to defeat the top three teams in their conference en route to the Finals.
The Calgary Flames defeated the top three seeds as they headed on to the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals, but they entered as the sixth seed.
The Kings also have the distinction of being the lowest seed to win its sport's respected championship in North America, according to TSN.
With a number of players still signed to long-term deals with the Kings, LA is poised to be the next real hockey dynasty.
Their 6-1 victory in Game 6 was just the exclamation point on an historic playoff run, and the signal that this could be just the beginning.
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