Published June 11, 2012
The Los Angeles Kings were crowned National Hockey League champions after a convincing 6-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday that landed the 45-year old franchise its first Stanley Cup.
After failing to clinch their maiden championship in the previous two games of the series, the Kings settled any nerves with three first period goals while Steve Bernier was serving a game-misconduct penalty for a hit that left Rob Scuderi with blood pouring from his mouth.
Los Angeles made the Devils pay for their sins with captain Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter and Trevor Lewis all scoring in a span of less than four minutes to leave New Jersey in a 3-0 hole.
The Kings kept their foot on the Devils' throats as Jeff Carter scored his second goal of the game 90 seconds into an ill-tempered second period that saw New Jersey's frustrations result in a string of penalties.
Rookie forward Adam Henrique gave the Devils some hope at forcing a decisive seventh game in the series when he scored with 75 seconds to play in the second period to spoil Jonathan Quick's shutout bid.
The goal, however, could not spoil the party as the Kings added two more goals in the third period to clinch the series 4-3, touching off a raucous celebration for the home crowd that spilled onto the streets surrounding the Staples Center.
(Editing by Frank Pingue)