Kings crowned Cup champs

Kings captain Dustin Brown hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Devils in Game 6 of the...

Kings captain Dustin Brown hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Devils in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., June 11, 2012. (LUCY NICHOLSON/Reuters)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:38 AM ET

LOS ANGELES - One thought it was light.

One thought it was heavy.

But Los Angeles Kings defencemen Drew Doughty and Rob Scuderi agreed there is no feeling for a hockey player like lifting the Stanley Cup.

“It still feels light as a feather,” said Scuderi, who won the Cup for the second time Monday night, his first being with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009. “I think it’s the hardest trophy to win in sports. It’s great to be part of a group of guys that came together and worked together and was able to pull it off.”

Doughty, a first-time winner, was asked how the reality measured up to all those times as a kid he imagined lifting the Cup.

“It was heavy,” said Doughty, who can add some silver to the Olympic gold medal he won with Team Canada in 2010, “but it was the best feeling ever to kiss that thing.”

The Kings became the first No. 8 seed to go all the way and win the Cup, aided by a five-minute boarding penalty to New Jersey Devils forward Stever Bernier, during which the Kings scored three times on their way to a 6-1 victory that clinched a 4-2 series win. It's the Kings’ first championship in their 45-year history.

Bernier barrelled into Scuderi, crunching him into the endboards 10 minutes into a goalless first period.

Scuderi turned into the hit a little bit, exposing his back, but Bernier was hurtling in there like a freight train and was likely going to get at least a boarding minor simply for the force of the check.

Scuderi’s face looked like it bounced off the dasher and he was cut on the play, resulting in the major penalty and a game misconduct.

The Kings' power play got goals from captain Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter (his first of two on the night) and Trevor Lewis (also his first of two) to put them in control of the game and help them keep their date with destiny.

It was just the kind of opportunity the Kings, who had looked nervous in its two previous attempts to close out the series, needed to get over the hump.

The Devils were upset, because seconds before that penalty, the Kings’ Jarret Stoll had hit Devils forward Stephen Gionta from behind and was not penalized.

“We were aware of that,” said Devils captain Zach Parise. “Trust me, I’d love to sound off on that right now, but I’m not going to.”

Devils coach Peter DeBoer, a class act throughout the post-season, opted to take the high road when asked about the Bernier hit.

“You know what, tonight is about L.A. and letting them celebrate. If you want to ask me about that in about a week, I’ll give you my honest opinion on it.”

Parise, who faces free agency this summer, said he was proud of a Devils team that fell behind 3-0 and was able to make a series out of it.

“We played our asses off. We could have quit when we were down 3-0,” he said. “We fought back and tried to get ourselves back in this thing. It’s disappointing when it’s over.”

The win capped a remarkable and unlikely story for a Kings team that came into the season with high expectations but struggled offensively (winding up 29th in the league).

It was a season of bold and dramatic moves by general manager Dean Lombardi. Coach Terry Murray was fired in December and replaced by Darryl Sutter. It was a move that was second guessed because of Sutter’s reputation for being a taskmaster, but he proved to be just what the Kings needed.

Lombardi also made a controversial trade in February to acquire Carter, reuniting him with centre Mike Richards, his old running mate from the Philadelphia Flyers.

The addition of Carter, who had eight goals in the post-season, gave the Kings some offensive depth.

So, the Cup will come to Southern California for the second time in five years (the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim won it in 2007) and for a little while, maybe they will call it Hockeywood.


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