The Slovenia Times

Kopitar and Kingmates Capture Hockey Crown


Some thought the team was skating on thin ice after going up three games to zero only to drop the next two, but from the moment the puck dropped on center ice, a ravenous sellout crowd of 18,858 hungry for that crown spurred on their team with chants of  "Go Kings Go!" and "We Want the Cup!"

It all came in a rush early.

New Jersey Devil Steve Bernier was called for a five-minute major penalty for boarding Rob Scuderi just 11 minutes into the game. The Kings scored three power-play goals during the penalty.

In the route, captain Dustin Brown has a goal and two assists while Jeff Carter and Trevor Lewis each score twice.

Anze Kopitar, who scored an assist which tied him for the team post-season lead with captain Brown, explains how the Kings produced such a large number on the scoreboard tonight.

Kopitar: "(We) just stayed with it, really. We've had some good chances. We've hit the post quite a bit of times, the last couple games. So, it is just creating chances. We got off to a great start and never looked back. We were determined to finish it off right here, right now".

And finish them off they did, Los Angeles was the first No. 8 seed to ever win the Stanley Cup. They also tied an NHL record for road wins, going 10-1.
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was given the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP. He was largely impenetrable in the finals, stopping 125 of 132 shots - and two of New Jersey's seven goals against him deflected off Quick's teammate, Slava Voynov. Yielding just 29 goals in Los Angeles' 20 playoff games on the way to the franchise's first NHL title, Quick allowed just seven goals in six games in the Stanley Cup finals.

"He (Quick) came up huge for us, "says Kopitar. "I can't really put into words how important our goalie was to this title, but I think him winning the Most Valuable Player trophy really says it all".

And when it is all said and done, now a young boy growing up in Slovenia dreaming of winning the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup has fulfilled a lifelong pursuit.

"We (Kings) have been on the bottom of the league and now for us to be at the top and win it all and to achieve my dream with great teammates in front of our home crowd and my family and friends here to share it with me, it is an unbelievable feeling, even better than I imagined it would be. I am hoping my grandparents are watching back in Slovenia".


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