BY CHRIS FOSTER Los Angeles Times
10:55 AM EDT, June 12, 2012
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings, born as one of six expansion teams for the 1967-68 season, ended 45 years of wandering in the NHL wilderness Monday night. Captain Dustin Brown re-emerged in the Stanley Cup Final series with a goal and two assists, getting the Kings started on a 6-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils at Staples Center. Brown is the second Americanborn captain to be presented with the Stanley Cup.
The Devils, who had won back-to-back games after falling behind 3-0 in the series, were out of Game 6 fast.
Forward Steve Bernier all but put the Cup in the Kings’ hands with a five-minute major penalty for boarding 11 minutes into the game. The Kings scored three power-play goals during the penalty, the first by Brown.
Jeff Carter and Trevor Lewis scored two goals and Matt Greene added another for the Kings, who are the first eighth-seeded team to win the Stanley Cup.
The early 3-0 lead took pressure off the Kings, who had been peppered with questions about whether they would join the 1942 Detroit Red Wings as the only team to blow a 3-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final.
The Kings had been close to the Cup once before. They won Game 1 against the Montreal Canadiens in 1993 and were leading late in Game 2 when Marty McSorley was caught with an illegal stick. The Canadiens tied the score in regulation and then won in overtime before capturing the series.