The Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 to win game six of the best-of-seven Stanley Cup finals. In the process, they ended a drought as old as the franchise itself—45 years.
The Kings also became the lowest-seeded playoff team ever to claim the Cup.
L.A. won tonight’s game six after failing to finish off New Jersey (sixth seed in the East) in games 4 and 5, despite having beaten them three games straight. That meant the sixth, and ultimately final game was played in front of a boisterous sellout home crowd.
A five-minute penalty against New Jersey in the first period provided an opportunity for 3 Kings goals, and the damage was done.
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick was awarded the Conn Smythe trophy for Most Valuable Player in the playoffs.