The Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils by a score of 6-1 in game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The victory clinched the franchises first Cup Championship in the organization’s history. The Kings won the series 4-2 as Jonathan Quick was named the winner of the Conn Smythe trophy. Michael Bedard called the series as it played out in his Cup Final Preview. Congratulations to the Kings organization & fans as they celebrate. Continue reading
I can only assume that part of the reason for this assignment is my residency in self-proclaimed Hockey Town. One would figure that the city is abuzz with hockey fans getting ready to crown a new champion. Truth be told though no one has said a word about hockey in Detroit since April 21st. And therein lies the most disappointing part about this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs – they feel like they’ve been going on forever.
In the West the glamor teams in Detroit and Chicago were dispatched with ease leading to a Nashville/Phoenix series that went 5 merciful quick games. The Los Angeles Kings finished the fairly meaningless regular season as an 8 seed but like a buzz-saw cut thru top seeded Vancouver, only to face a 5 day break followed by the 2 seed St. Louis Blues. The Blues fell even faster than Vancouver with the Kings sweeping a Blues team that looked utterly hapless for the series. You could have told me that L.A. won 5 games in the series and I would have believed it. And as a reward for dispatching the 1 and 2 seeds the Kings received another long break and a series against the 3 seed Coyotes. Again the Kings made it look easy, this time in 5 games dispatching the Coyotes leading to AN EIGHT DAY BREAK! As someone who watches an inordinate amount of hockey the scheduling for this off-season in the West was impossible. 1, 2, and 3 day breaks between series games meant that getting into a rhythm as an out-of-town follower was painful at best and severely adverse to living a normal life outside of Pacific Time . It only took 14 games for the Kings to get to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals – but those 14 games took over 7 weeks from the end of the regular season. Certainly the Canucks, Blues, and Coyotes struggled with the timing but for the Kings they seemed immune to the breaks.
The Los Angeles Kings will face the New Jersey Devils in the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals. The Kings represent the Western Conference as an eight seed, while the Devils a six seed took care of the Eastern Conference. Game one will get underway on Wednesday night May 30th. Look for more coverage in the coming days.
The road to the Stanley Cup Finals