A new king was crowned Monday night when the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup Championship for the first time in franchise history.
Seeded at number eight entering the playoffs, the LA Kings defeated the numer 6 seeded New Jersey Devils 6-1 and gave LA fans exactly what they came to see.
For 45 years fans have waited for this moment. The Kings came close to hoisting Lord Stanley during the Wayne Gretzky era, appearing in the Stanley Cup Finals only to come home empty handed. In their 45 year history, the Kings now have one Stanley Cup Championship, two Conference Championships and one Division Championship.
Jonathan Quick was awarded the Conn Smythe trophy after yielding just 29 goals in the Kings’ 20 playoff games along the way to their first title. He posted up three shutouts and led the league in just about every statistical category amongst goalies who started at least four games. Jonathan Quick was the second straight goalie to win the award, yet he had better numbers than the Boston Bruins’ Tim Thomas last season.
“It’s outstanding,” Quick commented. “I couldn’t be more proud of this group. We had to fight for everything. Nothing was given to us.”
At the end of the game, Jonathan Quick and New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur exchanged praises. Quick said that he told Brodeur the game “won’t be the same if he retires” and expressed what an honour it was to play against him at that stage in the game.
“He wanted to make sure I don’t retire,” Brodeur said of their conversation. “I guess he likes beating me.”
Jonathan Quick’s daughter steals the show during his post-game interview, check it out:
Check out the scene Monday night as the LA Kings won their first Stanley Cup Championship: