5 stories, including Kings lift the Stanley Cup
The top five stories from Monday night were all about the biggest prize in hockey being handed out in Los Angeles:
1. After a 45-year drought (and 62 days of playoff hockey), the Los Angeles Kings captured their very first Stanley Cup win in franchise history. Their 6-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils in Game 6 helped captain Dustin Brown get his mitts on the Cup, before handing it off to veteran defenceman Willie Mitchell. Click here to see the full Cup presentation.
2. There was another piece of hardware carted out onto the ice at the Staple Center, besides the ultimate prize in hockey. Jonathan Quick was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner, and the goaltender was arguably the team's regular season as well as their playoff MVP.
3. They pushed the Stanley Cup final from a possible sweep to a sixth game, but it was a five-minute power play that seemed to derail the New Jersey Devils. The major penalty levied against Steve Bernier for this hit on the Kings' Rob Scuderi led to three straight L.A. goals from which the Devils could not recover. Senior writer Tim Wharnsby chatted with the Devils fourth-line grinder, who felt remorse for the hit.
4. The hit on Scuderi was the hot topic on the latest installment of Coach's Corner. Don Cherry reiterated that he both picked the Kings to hoist the Cup and featured the excellent play of the Kings' defenceman, but said he had no idea why Scuderi took the hit from Bernier the way he did.
5. The Twitterverse was also tuned into Game 6, and we've provided you with their blow-by-blow account of the Kings' big win, from puck drop all the way to captain Dustin Brown lifting Lord Stanley's mug.