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June 11: LA Kings win first Stanley Cup

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: June 11

2012: After 45 years, the Los Angeles Kings reign as Stanley Cup champions.

The Kings, who entered the NHL during the first expansion in 1967, defeat the New Jersey Devils 6-1 in Game 6 of the Final at Staples Center to cap one of the most dominant runs to the Cup in NHL history. They become the first No. 8 seed to win the championship, the first team to defeat the top three teams in its conference, and the first team, regardless of seeding, to win the first three games in each of its four playoff series.

"They've been waiting longer than I have, this city," says Kings captain Dustin Brown, who receives the Cup from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. "You dream of winning the Cup, and you know what, I'm glad I was the first King to ever lift it."

The Kings blow the game open in the first period by scoring three times during a five-minute power play after New Jersey's Steve Bernier is assessed a boarding major and a game misconduct for a hit on Los Angeles defenseman Rob Scuderi.

Goaltender Jonathan Quick wins the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP after going 16-4 with a 1.41 goals-against average and .946 save percentage.

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

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