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L.A. Kings, the 2012 Stanley Cup Champions

11 Jun

After 45 years of waiting, the L.A. Kings have finally done it. They have finally won the Stanley Cup! They won the precious and beautiful Lord Stanley 6-1. I have a headache because I was screaming my head off. I’m so unbelievably happy for them! The L.A. Kings were definitely, by far, the best team this post season and they’ve earned what they worked so freaking hard for!

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I became a fan of the Los Angeles Kings a few weeks before the 2012 All Star Game. I was so shocked at how good Jonathan Quick, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner, was and how powerful the Kings played. I don’t know exactly why I chose them from the beginning to win in the Western Conference. They were the 8th seed. They had a rocky season. But they had heart and they had Jonathan Quick. I know now how right I was to choose them.

One of the best things about the Stanley Cup Finals is how happy everyone is. Even Coach Darryl Sutter cracked up a few smiles every once in a while. But I don’t think anyone was happier than Jonathan Quick. I’m proud of Quick. He’s got so much talent for a guy who is only 26. His fantastic skills all through the Playoffs has shown that anyone can be a star. He’s definitely been the hero of Los Angeles. Jonathan Quick is the Conn Smythe Winner for a reason: because he’s so damn good.

I’m extremely excited for a few special players on the L.A. Kings. First off, I’m super happy for Dustin Brown. The second American Captain to hoist Lord Stanley. Ever. How freaking impressive. He scored a goal and got two assists in this huge game. He’s definitely the #1 star for a reason. Secondly, I’d like to share how much Drew Doughty has impressed me this entire Playoff run. He’s created plays and has definitely been the best defenseman by far. He even got two assists in the game. Another player that impressed was definitely Jarret Stoll. He was the best King during Game 5, creating plays constantly. Even though he got an assist, I wish he did get a goal. Others I would like to point out include the leading goal scorer of the game, Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, Simon Gagne and Anze Kopitar.

I guess it’s my turn to talk about the New Jersey Devils. I really don’t like them. Granted, my personal opinion of certain players on the Devils overrides my entire opinion about the team in general. In particular, I really dislike Mr. Marty Brodeur. However, as much as I dislike him, I feel extremely bad for him. He has played extremely well the entire post season, not including tonight’s 6-1 loss. The team’s biggest downfall was the hit on L.A.’s Rob Scuderi by New Jersey’s Steve Bernier. This 5 minute major penalty caused the first three goals, shifting the momentum to the Kings, where it stayed. There’s only two sad moments in the Stanley Cup Finals: it’s the end of the season and one team has to lose. New Jersey, although good almost the entire post season, lost the last game tonight and I honestly do feel very bad for them.

There’s nothing better than to see somebody hold the Stanley Cup. There’s nothing better than to hear the crowd screaming. There’s nothing better than to watch a team celebrate their tremendous victory. There’s nothing better than to watch a team go from almost not getting into the Playoffs to winning the Stanley Cup. The L.A. Kings are the 2012 Stanley Cup Champions. And I don’t think I’ve ever been happier.

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L.A. Kings win Game 3!

5 Jun

The L.A. Kings have thankfully won Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, leading the series 3-0. They won last night’s game 4-0, with goals by Martinez, Kopitar, Carter and Williams.

I started liking the L.A. Kings when I discovered the amazingness that is Jonathan Quick. It was, I believe, January or February. I was sitting in the middle of the couch watching the L.A. Kings face off against the San Jose Sharks, I think. I was just sitting there, mouth open like a fish, not believing how good a goalie could be. Jonathan Quick deserves every single award. He’s a machine with one goal in mind: the Stanley Cup. And now look! He, along with the L.A. Kings, are one game away, hopefully, to winning the cup!

I’m so glad they’ve made it this far. Whatever happens on Wednesday, whether they win or lose, I’m proud of how far they’ve come. They haven’t lost one away game. They’ve breezed through Round 1, 2, and 3. They’re the true underdogs. They have proven they belong in the Stanley Cup Finals.

But there is still the New Jersey Devils. They have proven to be a team with a solid goaltender, solid forwards and a solid defensive line. I’m not a fan of the Devils myself but they’re a worthy opponent and they’ve made it this far. Nobody should count them out. With the experienced Marty Brodeur in between the posts, the Devils have an edge. They also have some of the biggest and most underrated players in the league including Kovalchuk and Parise. The Devils can do it. If they forget about the loss from yesterday’s game, they have the ability to win the series.

 

And Then There Were Two…

26 May

It’s now officially decided. The Stanley Cup Finals are going to be between two teams that have worked so hard this post season to get here: the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils. Did I see it coming? No, I honestly didn’t but it’s going to be good, I know that for sure.

Lets talk about the New Jersey Devils. Let’s be honest: nobody would have ever thought they would beat the Florida Panthers, the Philadelphia Flyers and then the New York Rangers. Nobody. You’re lying if you say you thought they would. Even I am surprised! But don’t undermine them now! They’ve proven they can do it and hey, maybe they will win the precious Lord Stanley this year! They’ve got some of the biggest and most underrated players. First, they have Zach Parise, one of the most underrated Captains in NHL history. They have some of the best players like Ilya Kovalchuk, Patrik Eliáš and Adam Henrique, the hero in Game 6 yesterday night. And don’t forget the goaltender that helped them get here in the first place: Marty Brodeur. The Devils will prove to be difficult to beat.

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But then there’s the L.A. Kings. They’re probably the most surprising team this post season. They’ve lost literally two games this post season and have only lost by, at most, 2 goals. They had a rocky season but when they got into the Playoffs, they proved they belonged there! And now, look, they’re in the Stanley Cup Finals with only 2 losses behind them! Who would have thought that the 8th seed would make it all the way to the top and win the Western Conference Finals? They’ve got some of the most talented and underrated forwards in the league including Captain Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and Mike Richard as well as incredible defencemen like Drew Doughty and Matt Greene! And don’t forget the guy who has dominated every NHL goalie, Jonathan Quick!

I don’t know who will win this year. I don’t know who will take the Stanley Cup. I don’t know who deserves to win the most. I guess I’ll find out. I do know a few things though: I know whether or not the L.A. Kings win or lose, I’m glad they made it this far. I do know whether or not the New Jersey Devils win or lose, this season was incredible. I do know that I’ll be proud of the team that wins, even though I’ll definitely be rooting for the Kings. May the best team win.