The LA Kings kept fans waiting for 45 years, but they are now Stanley Cup champions. In a convincing 6-1 win over the New Jersey Devils, the victory was all the sweeter in front of an elated and enthusiastic home crowd at the Staples Center.
The road wasn't as smooth as it could have been: three consecutive wins, followed by two defeats at the hands of the Devils raised the blood pressure of fans, but all worth it in the end. The win puts salve on the wound of the 1993 final - the only other time the Kings came close to lifting the Cup.
Kings fans still blame Marty McSorley for an illegal stick move in game two of the series, which they say handed the Cup to the Montreal Canadiens on a platter. Now, all forgotten.
If you watched last night’s victory match, what were the highlights? Who were the standout players from the Kings? Were you worried the previous two Devils wins would push the series to a Game 7 final? How do you think this series has changed how Los Angeles views hockey in a town dominated by basketball?
Bob Miller, television play-by-play voice of the Los Angeles Kings
Rich Hammond, Reporter for LAKings.com