Kings fans must be feeling pretty good Tuesday, as their team won its first Stanley Cup on Monday night. The Devils made a good effort to come back from a 3-0 hole, but putting yourself in that hole to begin with leads to things like losing 6-1 in Game 6. Eight-seeds don't usually win the Stanley Cup, but the Kings had a couple of aces in the hole -- perhaps most notably Conn Smythe winner Jonathan Quick, who shut down the Devils in grand fashion.


Reason for triumph?

A lot of things went right for the Kings this season, as they were definitely not a favorite going into the playoffs.

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What was the key to the Kings' playoff success?

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Repeat performance?

Both teams seem poised to make repeat runs in next season's playoffs, but the Cup has gone to nine different teams in the past nine seasons.

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Which team is more likely to make it back to the Stanley Cup finals next season?

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Should Brodeur return?

Martin Brodeur is getting up there in years, but he performed well in the playoffs (save for Game 6).

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Should Devils goalie Martin Brodeur retire before next season?

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2013 favorite?

An awful lot of high seeds experienced disappointing results in the 2012 playoffs.

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Which of these high seeds that fell in the 2011-12 playoffs has the best chance of winning the Stanley Cup next season?

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