Bernier Makes Awful Decision, Kings Capitalize
Last night in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the only team that could win Lord Stanley's Cup did in convincing fashion. The Los Angeles Kings beat the New Jersey Devils 6-1, in what started out in quite a bit of controversy.
Steve Bernier of the Devils rode Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi face first into the boards, cutting Scuderi's face in multiple places. Unfortunately for the Devils and their fans, Bernier received a game misconduct for the check from behind, meaning Bernier was ejected and the Kings got a five minute power play. Not only is a power play for a game misconduct a five minute stretch, but the power play also does not get washed out when the Kings score a goal.
To say the least, Devils fans who did not know Bernier before last night, now might be haunted by his name. In the five minutes the Kings got on the power play, the Kings scored three goals. Kings captain, Dustin Brown got things going for his team with a tip-in power play goal. A little over a minute and a half later, Jeff Carter got on the scorecard with another tip-in goal. At the very end of the five minute power play, Dwight King made a great power move around a defenseman which was finished off by Trevor Lewis for the Kings 3rd goal on the power play.
Devils head coach Peter Deboer was expected to say a few things about the penalty on Bernier, but the young coach was very respectful. When asked about the penalty, Deboer responded "Tonight's about [Los Angeles] and letting them celebrate... If you want to ask me about [Bernier] in about a week, I'll give you my honest opinion on it."
The Kings were not done in the slightest after the first period finished 3-0. Within 1:30 of the start of the second period, the Kings were able to get yet another goal from Jeff Carter for his second of the game. The only other goal that was scored in the middle period came late. Adam Henrique, the rookie for the Devils had a great wrist shot that barely beat Jon Quick for the Devils lone goal in Game 6.
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The third period was mostly Devils, considering they outshot the Kings 8-4 in the final frame. However, down three goals in an elimination game, the Devils have a decision to make: When do they pull the goaltender? The Devils pulled their goaltender with a little under four minutes left, which is understandable considering the 4-1 lead the Kings had. Lewis was able to get his second goal of the game by putting the puck in the empty net.
After Lewis's empty net goal, the Kings defenseman Matt Greene was able to put in a wrist shot for the sixth goal for the Kings. In the first two periods, the Kings outshot the Devils 21-10. The Kings also were alright on the power play, only converting three goals on nine total opportunities.
This Stanley Cup winning team has a lot of story lines that achieved their ultimate goal last night. The Kings received their first Stanley Cup win in franchise history in their second appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals. Jon Quick, who went 16-4 with three shutouts in the postseason was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP.
The Kings captain, Brown became just the second American born captain to win the Stanley Cup. Kings head coach Darryl Sutter became the fifth mid-season replacement coach to ever win the Stanley Cup. In a franchise history spanning 45 years, the Kings and the city of Los Angeles not only will celebrate this win, but they will have plenty of great years to come. Anze Kopitar as well as Brown led the entire postseason in points with 20 apiece. Both players averaged a point a game.
By: Stephen London
ProHockey-fans.com Staff Writer