2012 Stanley Cup Finals

2012 Stanley Cup Finals

L.A. Kings' Success Was Built off the Back of the Philadelphia Flyers' Failures

As a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers, I recall Bobby Holik as an unsmiling man/machine of a player, a hard-nosed grinder with a square head. I recall remarking on more than one occasion that he somewhat reminded me of Frankenstein, but underneath all the snide comments and the vitriol was a begrudging respect for the man who wore a New Jersey Devils sweater. I may have hated Holik as a Devils’ player, but I would have loved to have him throw on the orange and black of the Flyers.

Stanley Cup Finals 2012: The 5 Best Players of the Kings vs. Devils Series

What a Stanley Cup Finals. 

It was another unpredictable year in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the Los Angeles Kings became not only the lowest-seeded team to ever claim the greatest prize in sports (a record that can only be tied), but the ninth team to win the Stanley Cup over the last nine seasons.

NHL Stanley Cup Finals: LA Kings Make History Amid Controversy

Posted 06/12/2012 - 13:16 by HockeyPolls

The 45-year wait for the Kings finally ended after a 6-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils in the deciding game of the Stanley Cup Finals.

It has been a historic postseason run for the Kings of Los Angeles, setting records for NHL hockey and in all major sports in North America.

L.A. Kings' Jonathan Quick and His Record Setting Run to the Conn Smythe and Cup

On Monday night it came as no surprise when Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the 2012 NHL playoffs.

Sure, some commentators would tell you that Dustin Brown or Anze Kopitar or even perhaps Martin Brodeur warranted some consideration, but that's their job to tell you those things.

Don't think for a minute that anyone really believed that the Smythe was going to anyone other than Quick.

Darryl Sutter: The Best Holiday Present the Los Angeles Kings Ever Got

It was three days before Christmas and the night before the beginning of Hanukkah when Darryl Sutter first stepped behind the Los Angeles Kings bench this past season.

And all that the Hollywood hockey faithful could reasonably request was a New Year’s resolution from their franchise to promptly get back to playoff contention.

Stanley Cup Finals: Players That Will Lead L.A. Kings to Back-to-Back Titles

The Los Angeles Kings lifted the Stanley Cup trophy for the first time in franchise history in 2012, and with a young, talented team, will do the same thing next year. 

Winning back-to-back titles will be extremely difficult and has not been done since the Detroit Red Wings accomplished the feat in 1997 and 1998.

LA Kings Parade 2012: Thursday's Event Culmination of Truly Special Postseason

Posted 06/12/2012 - 10:19 by HockeyPolls

After 45 years, the Stanley Cup finally belongs to the Los Angeles Kings.

And while earning the trophy on Monday night was an incredible achievement and carting it around Los Angeles at the parade on Thursday will be truly memorable, they are but the cherries on top of what was a truly special run in this year's postseason.

LA Kings Parade 2012: Date, Route and Time for Kings' Stanley Cup Celebration

Posted 06/12/2012 - 09:59 by HockeyPolls

The city of Los Angeles will celebrate the Kings' first Stanley Cup championship with a fantastic parade that is set for Thursday, June 14, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Martin Brodeur: NJ Devils G Confirms He'll Play Next Year, Is This a Good Thing?

The New Jersey Devils were not even two hours removed from a mortifying Stanley Cup Finals downfall when franchise face Martin Brodeur declared his intention to return for the 2012-13 season.

Stanley Cup Finals 2012: Can the Kings Close out the Devils in Game 5?

The New Jersey Devils finally found a way to get past Kings goalie Jon Quick in Game 4, defeating L.A. 3-1 and avoiding a finals sweep.  Nevertheless, with the series heading back to New Jersey, the Kings have played some of their best hockey on the road, and they'll look to end their nearly 45-year championship drought tonight. 

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