Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hollywood Ending: LA Kings Win First Stanley Cup Title in Team History: LA Kings Bring Stanley Cup to Tinseltown

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hollywood Ending: LA Kings Win First Stanley Cup Title in Team History: LA Kings Bring Stanley Cup to Tinseltown

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Stanley Cup has gone Hollywood.

The Los Angeles Kings finished an impressive run to their first ever NHL title with a 6-1 win over the New Jersey Devils in Game 6 of the Cup final Monday.

The Devils had the momentum going into Game 6 after winning two straight games, but ran into penalty trouble and the Kings made them pay. Los Angeles scored three times on a five-minute power play in the first period and the game was essentially over.

"These guys, you know what, since March 1, they've lost about six games," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "They've taken a lot of public negativity towards them. Look what they've just done. Pretty awesome. Tells you what type of players they are."

In the capital of the world's entertainment industry, the Kings' ascent to hockey supremacy read like a movie script for a classic underdog story. They became the first eighth seed to ever hoist the iconic trophy over their heads.

Barely sneaking into the playoffs and considered an afterthought by many, the Kings surprised almost everyone by beating the heavily favoured Vancouver Canucks in just five games in the first round. The top-ranked Canucks won the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's top team in the regular season and made it to the Cup final last season.

The Kings quickly showed they weren't a one-hit wonder. They swept the St. Louis Blues -- the second-ranked team in the Western Conference -- in the second round before dispatching the Phoenix Coyotes in five games in the conference final.

The Devils gave the Kings their toughest challenge, extending the championship series to six games after losing the first three. …

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