The Los Angeles Kings started the championship series 3-0 and had two chances to put out the New Jersey Devils last week and failed on both occasions. But they never gave up, and yesterday they finally took the series and the Stanley Cup.
The game was one sided for the Kings, who scored 3 goals in a row off the power play and kept pouring it on for the 6-1 victory. Jeff Carter and Trevor Lewis scored two goals a piece, and MVP Jonathan Quick made 17 saves. This is the first Stanley Cup victory for the Kings, who have been a team for 45 years. Barely even making the playoffs to begin with, they are the first 8th seeded team to win the title.
Continuing the celebration, and giving one last chance for L.A. to see their newly championed Kings, the team will hold a parade and "Championship rally" in downtown Los Angeles Thursday. Players and coaches will ride on a double decker bus through downtown in a 45 minute long parade. This wil be followed by the championship rally at the Staples Center, which will include video highlights, presentations and speeches from players.
Fans have taken to Twitter to express their joy and astonishment at the Kings first ever Stanley cup victory. Here is a collection of the best/funniest/most interesting of the lot, including an ecstatic celebration from die hard Kings fan Wil Wheaton. He is almost brought to tears after throwing his arms in the air and running around his house screaming in celebration... It's all done to a kazoo rendition of The Final Countdown, so it's pretty fun to watch.
The #LAKings are your 2012 Stanley Cup Champions!
Please celebrate responsibly, thank you Los Angeles! Congratulations Kings! #LAPD
LA Kings win Stanley Cup. Canadians count the number of Canadians on the team to see if they can call it a stealth victory for the nation.
#LAKings trailed for just 14.6% of their games during the Stanley Cup playoffs.
29 very jealous teams right now. Hoping one day it will be our turn. Congrats to the LA Kings on their 1st ever Stanley Cup.
Another year goes by without LeBron winning a Stanley Cup. #unclutch
Congrats to @lewkay + the Kings fans, that 3-goal power play was something else. What a way to win the Cup.
If you see Vegeta on the street flipping cars, it’s not because he’s celebrating the Kings victory. It’s because we ran out of Sweet’N Low.
Congrats 2 the LA Kings.I remember I couldn't wear Kings gear as a kid cause it was "gang related" now All of LA will be in Black & Silver.
Congratulations to Kevin Smith's shirt #Kings
I don't follow sports but this guy walking down the street in a Kings jersey high-fiving everyone feels telling