June 11, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA
Leave it to a New Jersey sports columnist and Devils fan to make a comparison between the Los Angeles Kings – New Jersey Devils Stanley Cup finals and the 2004 New York Yankees – Boston Red Sox American League playoffs, where the Yankees infamously imploded and lost four straight games after winning the first three.
As it turned out, the comparison was better made between the New Jersey Devils in Game 6 and the 2011 Boston Red Sox, in which the Red Sox infamously imploded over the course of a month, from first place to missing the playoffs.
The Los Angeles Kings demolished the New Jersey Devils 6-1, thanks to a five-minute major penalty for boarding on forward Steve Bernier in the first period. During that time, the Kings scored three power-play goals, essentially putting the game out of reach.
While September 2011 will be remembered for beer, fried chicken and video games in the Red Sox clubhouse, this particular night will be a night the Devils will never forget; a giant sucking sound that accompanied the ejection of Bernier for flying towards the end of the ice at full speed and and slamming defenseman Rob Scudieri into the boards, opening a cut in the process.
Drew Doughty sent a shot at Marty Brodeur that Captain Dustin Brown redirected for the first goal. Two minutes later, Brown sent the puck towards the net that Jeff Carter redirected past Brodeur for the second goal. Finally, Dwight King had the puck at the net and in the scramble, Trevor Lewis backhanded it into the net. In less than five minutes, the Kings put the Devils on the precipice of a long slide down to the flames of defeat.
In the opening minutes of the second period, the bludgeoning continued as Jeff Carter’s wrist shot beat Brodeur to make it 4-0. The Devils finally showed up on the scoreboard at the end of the second period on an Adam Henrique wrist shot off a rebound by a Petr Sykora shot on goal.
Towards the end of the third period, the Kings put the game on ice with two more goals, first by Trevor Lewis on a wrist shot into an empty goal, then by Matt Greene on a wrist shot 15 seconds later with Brodeur back on the ice.
The Kings celebrate their first Stanley Cup victory in team history, and Los Angeles finally celebrates a championship as their basketball teams (Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers) could not.
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