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Saving the Best for Last

Posted By Mika Oehling On Jun 11 2012 @ 11:16 pm In NHL | No Comments

It’s the Queen’s Jubilee this year, but hockey royalty has just been crowned in LA. The LA Kings, after surrendering two odd games in a row to the New Jersey Devils, soundly beat them for the Cup 6-1 in a wild game. It wasn’t a beautiful game through and through, but the end result is always the same and you can’t help but feel the emotion. LA is ecstatic and it’s impossible not to feel proud and happy for them.

The game itself will no doubt be subject to controversy for years to come. But there are a few things that naysayers cannot deny the LA Kings of 2012: they are an 8th seed Western Conference team that has won the biggest prize in hockey, they are the first LA team to win it, they had the most amazing post-season record, they were road warriors and suffered one single road loss in their four rounds of the playoffs. They were relentless, physical, strong, united as a team and they had outstanding goaltending from their Conn Smythe recipient, Jonathon Quick.

The game itself was a bit of a disaster. Reffing will be the culprit and it’s something that New Jersey fans will no doubt be talking about, bitterly, over the summer. A five minute major on Bernier for a hit on Scuderi in the first period lost the Devils this game with three power play goals scored. The play was likely a minor, although blood on the ice pushed the issue. A missed call before the Scuderi hit will be the cause for complaint.

The hit ignited team Captain Dustin Brown and he picked up a goal and an assist in the ensuing power play. Doughty picked up 2 assists, as did Richards and this five minutes to glory won LA the game; the rest was gravy or bitter grapes if you’re from Newark. Carter’s second period goal put this game out of reach for good, although a fluke collision between a Devil and a ref made that goal possible. Carter just capitalized on what was an unfortunate turn of events.

There’s no excusing bad behavior, but it’s understandable that the Devils may feel hard done by in this one. Clarkson got 10 minutes for mouthing off, New Jersey’s Carter got a couple for diving on top of Quick and there was some serious frustration. Henrique capped off a great rookie season by not only keeping his cool, but getting one in for his team and giving the Devils a bit of a lifeline.

The LA Kings and the New Jersey Devils saved their best for last, playing the best of this series in game six. While the pace for game five was a vast improvement, it was nothing compared to the pace of this game, particularly when the goals started to come, fast and furious in a series that has been goals-challenged. Regardless of the quality of this final game, this series clearly belonged to LA and they deserve to win the Cup.

Congratulations LA Kings of 2012.

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