Kings Crowned in Cali

It was a night of firsts for these kings.  45 years in the making, the Los Angeles Kings shared not only their first championship in franchise history, but are the first team ever coming up from 8th seed to win the Stanley Cup.  As the Kings were in God’s good graces, they could not be stopped and reigned down on the Devils with a mighty victory of 6-1.

The first team since 2007 to win on home ice, the advantageous Kings had the Devils biting the dust hard. Getting shut down across the board, it was a game of keep-away from the Devils as the Kings claimed their territory early in the first. As Volchenkov caught a tripping penalty in the first 3 minutes, the danger continued to follow the Devils until the clock ran out.

But the adversity did not cease for New Jersey. As the Devils hoped to lay it on the line and possibly a reverse sweep to show California who is boss, they continued to come up short –way short! Though Zajac put in good face time on the face off’s, the King were a force to be reckoned with as they continued to sink and slap the goals in.

Hoping for a reverse sweep- it would not be done last night! Almost impossible to come back from being down 3-0 in the first due to the 5 minute penalty on Steve Bernier for a check on Anton Scuderi, the Kings bucked on.  A remorseful Bernier discussed the hit on Scuderi , which ultimately cost the game admits “it was unfortunate and just bad luck and timing”.

Though it is hard to beat the rap; for fans that want to blame the Canadian right winger for the Devils loss, keep in mind that hit could have come from any one player. When you are going 90 mph down the ice; just completing the hit – who’s to expect Scuderi would not be looking, and go down like that. It was a fateful 5 minute penalty, and in one fell swoop ended the chances of a Devils win. But that’s just the way the cookie crumbled at the Staple Centre.

It came down to a resilient Jonathan quick, who last night, was the 5th goalie to win the Conn Smythe Trophy. And with class and dignity he spoke about preparing for the determined devils and never letting his guard down at any time. And that he didn’t.  With only 1 goal in, this proud American is no doubt the gusto that got the Kings to their cup.

Along with Quick, it was Dustin brown, only the 2nd American captain to hoist the cup. As Brown finally stepped up last night – with 1 goal 2 assists and now a ring on his finger – 20 pts in 20 games, this essential forward dominated the ice. Drew doughty, with 6 pts in 6 games answered each call to action; also helped his team secure the crown. And big time and an ecstatic Mike Richards, with 15 pts in 20 games, said he’s been “thinking about this point a million times in my life.  We really wanted this and really wanted to give it to them (LA) at home”.  LA couldn’t have had a happier ending. Now with a line-up of champion players not going anywhere, they are the team to beat.

But we cannot forget that it was Darryl Sutter that had taken this team from ground zero to Champions in just 7 short months. Whether it was making huge moves like benching the captain for 5 minutes, refusal for line changes, or pairing Richards and Carter, the strategic tactics and determination of Sutter led the LA Kings to their victory of the cup.

Both teams putting in a valiant effort throughout the finals, but in the end it was the Kings that blew out the Devils – no contest! I wonder if they’ll be contenders next year?

Congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings our new Stanley Cup Champions!

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With a Rhetoric and Communications Major combined with English Lit degree from U of Winnipeg, I like getting down to business and work hard at what I do. A passion for writing and the Jets has me loving my job. Any down time I have includes working on music, my friends and family and my adorable puppy.
  • Frankmash

    nom nom nom nom nom

  • Frankmash

    I’m gonna be a contender…nom nom nom

  • Seanbrown

    Nice job Ali Cat. RRRRRr

  • EricReimer

    Where can I read more of your articles?  Well written with an edge.  #NICEJOB

  • JamesMcNabb

    TSN could use some of your writing skills by the way.  Love the guys, but they need more female hotness/smartness over there. 

  • C Higgins

    As a player it is nice to finally read a well written article based on truth, not tabloid junk. 

  • Mason_Raymond

    Agreed Chris… totally agree with you buddy.  Nice job!

  • Dbeard25

    what’s with the frankmash freak^^%%$#&  This isn’t a zoo, it’s hockey talk so use your gorilla jargon elsewhere

    Kings got cup!!! deal with it!

  • Amyjanelle1995

    is that frankmash person on some kind of drugs?

    as a girl I like that girls can write about hockey too.

  • RAF(1)

    me too amyjanelle1995!  

  • Seanarnery

    Great Job Alison.  You should be on TV. #gosportreportersgo

  • Bri

    It’s just as exciting reading your article as it was watching the game. You never forget to include anything in your articles so I always feel informed!!! You are gifted Miss Ali!!!!

  • Legend28

    So Duffy will you be at draft party? Come. 

  • K2001

    Best read yet! good stuff for being in the know duffmeister

  • Lbrogrey

    gokingsgo – maybe jets can pull one out next season now that they have the best players signed!!! Go GST! Go

  • Jakeysnakey

    Good call on the devils they got shmammered by the kings but good thing we could represent from the peg in the cup.

    you got skills girl

  • Abe

    Thanks for a great season of spots writing Alison.  Kings definitely got the cup and it was a fantastic finish to the season….despite the fact that the Devils should have taken it.   

  • Abe

    Hope the Jets can get to the playoffs and the cup next year…..just imagine what this town would be like!! We support our team like no other city, and we should be proud of that.  We should also be proud of our sports writers, with you leading the pack Alison.  Look forward to what comes next for you.

  • Big Dog

    Looks like you’ve learnt a thing or two during your quest to a Rhetoric and Communications Major. Well done Ali! The below comments speak for themselves about your ability. Good to see you keep your stick on the ice. See you next year!

    • Micky mike

      I like posting favorable things about my own column
      I need a real job

  • Denise Dempsey

    You look 40
    Why dd it take you almost 10 years to get a bachelor of arts?
    You’re idea of a crappy site will not get you a TV job
    You never will but you will keep trying till your 60, hey 20 years to go.

  • Ricochet Ronny

    In my opinion you are a joke
    Get a job waitressing its familiar for you.
    God bless, but stop copying your sister.
    It gets old quickly and please stop leaving fake comments for yourself.
    We are not that stupid.
    Oh and begging for a Toronto job on you tube was lame.

  • Wise guys

    Just because you banged one players must make you an expert

  • Wise guys

    Why did it take you 10 years to get a bachelors
    You look old

  • Defcom

    Why are you deleting my post?
    You did take almost 10 years to graduate from u of w

  • Presit Clinton

    The quotes you have left are so transparent Allison
    Did your dad teach you this
    He is a rock star too
    I know he was a great role model huh?
    It runs in the family

  • Joe the plumber

    This is lame, no credentials other than dreaming of being on tv