NHL Odds: Los Angeles Kings have Won the 2012 Stanley Cup
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
by Bovada Sportsbook
After struggling to clinch in the last two games, the Los Angeles Kings have won the 2012 Stanley Cup by exploding in Game 6 with a 6-1 win. The Kings won the series 4-2, starting as the eighth seed and dominating as underdogs versus NHL Playoff odds in the Western Conference.
The Kings ensured there would be no Game 7 with three first period, power-play goals, taking an early 3-0 lead which all-but ensured the franchise's first ever Stanley Cup.
Captain Dustin Brown had a goal and two assists as Los Angeles ended its dominant two-month playoff run in front of spirtited fans who waited 45 years for their first look at the Stanley Cup since the Kings' expansion in 1967. The Kings are also the first No. 8 seed to ever win the Cup.
The Kings started their improbable run versus the No. 1-seeded Vancouver Canucks, knocking off last year's Western Conference champs by winning four of five games. The Kings went 16-4 after barely making the playoffs. Including the Canucks they eliminated all top three seeds West in overwhelming fashion, matching the second-fastest run to the title in NHL history. Although the Devils gave them a little trouble, the Kings took down every opponent in their path after an inconsistent regular season.The key to that upset and their road to the Cup is due to the amazing performance of goaltender Jonathan Quick. Quick stopped 17 of 18 shots in Game 6.
Brown capped his own impressive playoff work by finishing with 20 points, tied for the postseason scoring lead with linemate Anze Kopitar.
''You never know. You get to the dance, you never know what's going to happen,'' Brown said. ''We calmed down after losing two. It was the first time we had done that all playoffs, and we finally got off to a good start.''
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