New Jersey Devils 1, Los Angeles Kings 6 (LA wins the series, 4-2)
Those Who Shined
1. Dustin Brown, Right Wing, Los Angeles Kings
It seems fitting that the Los Angeles captain was the top offensive performer when the Stanley Cup was finally given to the Kings. After more than 40 years without a Championship, Dustin Brown scored a goal and added two assists, which ended the Devils heroic comeback effort. This breakout effort came after Brown was held scoreless in consecutive defeats — something that was unbelievably rare during this postseason run. Overall, he finished with 20 points in 20 playoff games, tying his unstoppable teammate Anze Kopitar for the most on the team. This two-headed monster was as dynamic as any over the last couple of weeks, so they were obviously deserving of this series victory.
2. Jonathan Quick, Goaltender, Los Angeles Kings
I figure this is my last chance to recognize this unbelievable goaltender until next season, so I’ll take advantage of it. Jonathan Quick was terrific again Monday night, as he stopped 17 of the 18 shots that he faced and won another game. The key word in the last sentence is again. Quick was spectacular during the entire postseason, which earned him the Conn Smythe Trophy — given to the most valuable player in the playoffs. His final numbers are 16-4 with a 1.41 goals against average, a save percentage near 95 percent, and three shutouts. There may be numerous great netminders in the NHL, but none are more deserving of such an honor. I would expect the Kings to remain relevant for many years to come with Quick leading the charge.
3. Jeff Carter, Center, Los Angeles Kings
Is there a player in the NHL that is happier about being traded then this guy? I mean, it isn’t even fair at this point. Jeff Carter goes from the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets to the eventual Stanley Cup Champions. And, while he wasn’t always consistent, he certainly played a big part in the hoisting of the cup — especially on this night. Carter tallied two of the six Los Angeles goals, which raised his postseason point total to a very respectable 13. Basically, he was just one of the many offensive puzzle pieces that fell into place as the Kings cruised through each series. Carter and the rest of the attackers went from a bottom-of-the-pack goal scoring unit to a legitimate threat every night. It was fun to watch.