The City of Angels has a new star in town. The Kings last night defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-to-1 in Los Angeles in Game Six of the Finals. The first eighth seed to win the Cup, the Kings had held a 3-0 lead in this series after a pair of wins in New Jersey then one at home, but the Devils had won Games 4 and 5 to force a Game 6.
It was the first time since 1945 in which a team that was down 3-to-0 in the finals made it to a sixth game. That was the year the Red Wings rallied for three straight but lost a game seven to the Toronto Maple Leafs. But there would be no seventh game in this series in which King’s goalie Jonathan Quick became the third American born player to win the Conn Smythe Award as MVP of the playoffs.