Kings Of The World
There were a couple of riots in New Jersey last night. But then again, there’s always riots in Jersey. The L.A. Kings won the Stanley Cup last night with an easy 6-1 win over the Devils. And they can thank Steve Bernier. He got dinged with that five minute boarding major on Rob Scuderi and the Kings erupted for three. Game. Set. Match.
Even though Jonathan Quick won the Conn Smythe thanks to a 16-4 post season record, Jeff Carter—to steal a phrase from soccer—was the man of the match. He scored twice, including a laser one timer from the very high slot that faked Brodeur out of his jock.
The Bernier hit did warrant a penalty, but I don’t know about a major and game misconduct in game six of the Stanley Cup finals. Just moments before, Stoll hit Gionta from behind and there was no penalty. If the Devils had reason to complain, they certainly didn’t after the game. That’s because they knew they were lucky to extend this thing two extra games. L.A. got the jump early and they became the league’s favorite. The Cup finally gets hoisted in L.A. Their long suffering fans—and Gary Bettman are happy campers today.