Los Angeles To The Hockey World: Here’s 250,000 Reasons Why This Is A Hockey Town

Confetti flies in the air as a truck carrying Los Angeles Kings players,
along with the Stanley Cup, passes by Staples Center and LA Live
during a parade honoring the 2012 Stanley Cup Champions, on
June 14, 2012, in Downtown Los Angeles.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — No matter what direction you looked, if you were on or around Figueroa Street in Downtown Los Angeles on the morning of June 14, from the Financial District on the north, to Staples Center on the south, all one could see was a massive sea of people.

The Los Angeles Police Department estimated that approximately 250,000 people attended the victory parade honoring the Los Angeles Kings, who won the National Hockey League’s 2012 Stanley Cup Championship on June 11, the first Stanley Cup in the 45-year history of the franchise.

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Los Angeles Kings Win 2012 Stanley Cup, Turning Dreams Into Reality, The Unthinkable Into Fact

The JW Marriott at LA Live, across the street from Staples Center, got into the spirit of things, displaying this message on their gigantic video display immediately after the Kings won the 2012 Stanley Cup on June 11.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — After the final horn sounded on Monday night, after a 6-1 score lit up the scoreboard at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the dreams became real, the unthinkable became fact…

…the Los Angeles Kings had won the 2012 Stanley Cup, the first championship in the team’s 45-year history, closing out the Eastern Conference Champion New Jersey Devils in six games.

As Kool and the Gang’s Celebration, and Queen’s We Are The Champions played in a loop over the arena’s PA system, Kings players, coaches and management, along with their families and Kings staff, shook hands, embraced, kissed, laughed—all in rather jubilant fashion, during an on-ice celebration.

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2012 Stanley Cup Final – Game 6: Scoring First Goal Will Be Crucial For Los Angeles Kings

Los Angeles Kings left wing Simon Gagne spoke to the media
at the team’s practice facility on June 12, 2012.
Photo: Gann Matsuda

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The bad news for the Los Angeles Kings is that their 3-0 lead in the 2012 Stanley Cup Final over the New Jersey Devils has shrunk to 3-2, after losses in Games 4 and 5. Just as bad is the fact that no team that has led in the Stanley Cup Final by a 3-0 margin has won the series in six games.

Game 6 is scheduled for tonight at Staples Center in Los Angeles (5:00 PM PDT, NBC).

Almost as bad for the Kings is the fact that teams that have led in the Stanley Cup Final by a 3-0 margin, are just 1-1, in a seven-game series.

The Devils’ strength late in a playoff series is also a factor in the series now. Indeed, with their win in Game 5 on June 9, the Devils are now 10-1 in Games 4-7 during this year’s playoffs, compared to their 4-8 record in Games 1-3. Read more of this post

2012 Stanley Cup Final: Los Angeles Kings Need To Settle Down, Play Their Game

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LOS ANGELES — After missing out on a chance to close out the New Jersey Devils in Game 4 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final on June 6 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Kings are back in Newark, New Jersey, preparing for Game 5 tonight (5:00 PM PDT, NBC), in front of a hostile crowd at the Prudential Center.

The Kings lead the series, 3-1, and would win the first Stanley Cup Championship in the 45-year history of the franchise with a victory.

The Devils played their best game of the series in Game 4, while the Kings were a bit too relaxed.

“We didn’t have our best game tonight, and they did,” defenseman Matt Greene said after Game 4. “They played well. We knew they were going to come out hard, and they did. We have to be tighter in the defensive zone, and tighter in our game if we want to win.” Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty’s Gann Matsuda Breaks Down 2012 Stanley Cup Final on STN Sports Report

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The morning after the Los Angeles Kings missed their chance to complete a four-game sweep of the New Jersey Devils in the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, I broke down the series to date on The STN Sports Report with Brad Kurtzberg.

Kurtzberg, who covers the New York Islanders, and has written a book, Shorthanded: The Untold Story of the California Golden Seals, can be heard, Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM PT (1:00 PM ET).

You can listen to the portion of the show I was on by clicking on the arrow below (18:30). Read more of this post

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