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Kings fans must be feeling pretty good Tuesday, as their team won its first Stanley Cup on Monday night. The Devils made a good effort to come back from a 3-0 hole, but putting yourself in that hole to begin with leads to things like losing 6-1 in Game 6. Eight-seeds don't usually win the Stanley Cup, but the Kings had a couple of aces in the hole -- perhaps most notably Conn Smythe winner Jonathan Quick, who shut down the Devils in grand fashion.
Reason for triumph?
A lot of things went right for the Kings this season, as they were definitely not a favorite going into the playoffs.
Both teams seem poised to make repeat runs in next season's playoffs, but the Cup has gone to nine different teams in the past nine seasons.
Should Brodeur return?
Martin Brodeur is getting up there in years, but he performed well in the playoffs (save for Game 6).
An awful lot of high seeds experienced disappointing results in the 2012 playoffs.
With a win over the Devils Wednesday night, the Kings will sweep their way to the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship in 44 seasons. It takes a team effort to fuel a run as stunning as Los Angeles' 15-2 playoff record entering Game of the finals, but some of the Kings have ruled the ice. Which L.A. player deserves the Conn Smythe Trophy, given to the NHL's playoff MVP?