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Kings' Cup filled with perseverance

In many ways, this team epitomized the franchise: Nothing came easily

Updated: June 13, 2012, 2:38 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- It was sweeter this way, even if it wasn't as swift.

The Stanley Cup is heavy for a reason. And there's a reason the few who earn the privilege of lifting it above their heads at the end of a season always say almost the same thing:

"It's really heavy," Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar said after his turn with the Cup on Monday night. "Really heavy."

Most accounts peg it at around 35 pounds of silver and nickel. But, of course, no one ...

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