Five things to know about the Kings' win
June, 12, 2012
By ESPN Stats and Information, Elias Sports Bureau | ESPN.com
1. The Kings won their first Stanley Cup title in the franchise’s 44th season. That’s the longest wait in NHL history for a franchise’s first Cup title, eclipsing the mark of 32 seasons set by the Minnesota/Dallas franchise. The North Stars entered the NHL in 1967-68 and won the Cup in 1999 as the Dallas Stars.
2. The Kings defeated the Canucks (No. 1 seed), Blues (No. 2), Coyotes (No. 3) and Devils (No. 6 in East) en route to the title. They went 16-4 in the postseason, tying for the second-best record since all four rounds went to a best-of-seven format in 1987. The Kings became the first No. 8 seed to win the Stanley Cup since the conference-based playoff format began in 1994.
3. After dropping two straight games for the first time in this year’s playoffs, the Kings defeated the Devils 6-1 in Game 6 Monday night. That tied for the second-largest winning margin ever in a Cup clincher.
4. Goaltender Jonathan Quick won the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the playoffs. Quick is the third American-born player to win the award, joining Brian Leetch (1994 Rangers) and Tim Thomas (2011 Bruins).
5. Dustin Brown (Ithaca, N.Y.) joins Derian Hatcher of the 1999 Dallas Stars as the only U.S.-born players in history to captain a Stanley Cup-winning squad.