Happy anniversary, Los Angeles Kings.
A stick-tap of appreciation for a night that changed local hockey history a year ago. The men of winter worked into June and captured the franchise’s first Stanley Cup, completing the journey on home ice at Staples Center.
What they did a year ago now seems more impressive, coming close to running the table, going 16-4 in the playoffs and losing just once on the road during the run.
Here’s a couple of excerpts from The Times from that special night in Los Angeles:
“They were the five minutes that changed 45 years.
“Five minutes responsible for finally releasing and unleashing 4 1/2 decades of franchise frustration. The five minutes that helped lift the Kings to their first Stanley Cup as they defeated the New Jersey Devils, 6-1, on Monday night in Game 6, winning the best-of-seven series, four games to two.