Dustin Brown stood on a flatbed truck and raised the big silver trophy above his head once again. The air in downtown Los Angeles filled with a blizzard of silver-and-black confetti.
The Los Angeles Kings have completed one of the most improbable playoff runs in NHL history, beating the New Jersey Devils 6-1 to capture their first Stanley Cup in team history.
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick has won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP after yielding just 29 goals in Los Angeles’ 20 playoff games on the way to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup title.
Adam Henrique scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:29 to play, Martin Brodeur made 21 saves, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Wednesday night to avoid a sweep in the Stanley Cup finals.
The Los Angeles Kings are just one win away from claiming the franchise’s first Stanley Cup title and ending 45 years of hockey futility, after crushing the New Jersey Devils 4-0 on Monday night to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final.
Jonathan Quick sat with a hat on his head, and a hoodie pulled over it as he faced probably the biggest throng of reporters in his five NHL seasons.
Jeff Carter scored three goals, Jonathan Quick stopped 24 shots and the Los Angeles Kings matched an NHL record with their seventh straight road playoff victory, beating the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0 Tuesday night to take control of Western Conference finals.
Jonathan Quick’s lateral movement is undeniably impressive. Just ask the reporters and team employees who approached his locker for an interview earlier this week, only to watch the Los Angeles Kings’ All-Star goalie quickly pivot and back out of the room with remarkable agility.
For 65 scoreless minutes on March 22, the Los Angeles Kings matched powerful St. Louis in a tight-checking, furiously paced game. When the Blues’ bus rolled away from Staples Center that night after a shootout loss, coach Ken Hitchcock remembers sharing a portentous thought with his assistants.
The talk of the St. Louis Blues locker room was this tongue-in-cheek prediction of a final score for the opener of their second-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings: Zero to minus-1.
Since the NHL switched the current playoff format in 1994 — seeding teams 1-8 in a conference format — the #8 seed has upset the #1 seed nine times, with the most recent in 2010 when the Montreal Canadiens beat the Washington Capitals in seven games. All of these series went at least six games.
Jonathan Quick made 41 saves, Dustin Brown scored on a long rebound with 13:30 to play, and the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings pushed the Vancouver Canucks to the brink of elimination with a 1-0 victory in Game 3 on Sunday night.
Jaroslav Halak stopped 21 shots and Jamie Langenbrunner scored in the second period to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.
Jonathan Quick made 40 saves, and the Los Angeles Kings got goals from Dustin Brown and defenseman Jack Johnson to beat the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Thursday night.
Jonathan Quick earned his NHL-leading fourth shutout in his 200th regular-season game, Ethan Moreau ended a 58-game goal drought with his first since October 2009, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the San Jose Sharks 2-0 on Monday night.