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Cup champion Kings win Best Upset at ESPYS

Wednesday, 07.11.2012 / 11:57 PM / News

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Cup champion Kings win Best Upset at ESPYS
The Los Angeles Kings added to their trophy case at the ESPYS on Wednesday night.

The Los Angeles Kings added to their trophy case at the ESPYS on Wednesday night.

After winning their first Stanley Cup last month, the Kings received two awards at the annual ESPN show -- Best Upset and Best NHL Player (goalie Jonathan Quick).

The Kings became the first No. 8 seed to win the Cup in NHL history, eliminating the top three seeds in the Western Conference (Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues, Phoenix Coyotes) before defeating the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Kings' championship run was named over Iowa State's win over Oklahoma State in college football; Lehigh's win over Duke in the NCAA basketball tournament; and Norfolk State's win over Missouri in the NCAA basketball tournament.

Captain Dustin Brown accepted the award, determined by fan voting, with teammates Matt Greene and Dustin Penner. Brown also was a presenter at the event, which was held in Los Angeles.

"It's a nice piece of hardware," Brown said on stage holding the award. "My second favorite I won this year."

He then said, "It really just takes 25 guys to do something truly special. Being an underdog, it's your belief system within the room that allows you to do something like not only our team but all the other nominees did."

Quick was named Best NHL Player over Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers, Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Kings were one of the seven nominees for Best Team, which was won by the Miami Heat.

Quick, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner, was a nominee for Best Championship Performance, awarded to LeBron James of the Heat.

New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin won Best Coach/Manager over Kings coach Darryl Sutter.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford won Best Comeback Athlete over Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.

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