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Stanley Cup: Kings win first title

LOS ANGELES -- Dustin Brown probably isn't going to remember much of the celebration after leading the Kings to their first Stanley Cup title in their 45-year history with a 6-1 win over the Devils. The euphoria was still sweeping through Staples Center, and Brown for the first time all season wasn't sure where to go or what to say.

He was virtually speechless while skating around the rink.

No, he wasn't skating. He was flying. 

And it was priceless.

"There are so many people behind this team," Brown said. "I don't know, man. Words can't explain it."

The Kings became the first team in NHL history to win the first three games, lose the next two and win in six. Los Angeles had won NBA titles, World Series and college football and basketball championships. Now, it can add the Stanley Cup.

Jonathan Quick was brilliant in the playoffs as he had been all season. His easiest game came Saturday. He faced only 18 shots and settled into his crease with a 3-0 lead in the first period. He walked away with the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the postseason.

"I think the attention the team is going to get is great," Quick said. "That's something we have been looking for in this market for so long, to get that attention toward hockey. It's just an honor to be on this team."

The Kings became the first team in NHL history to win the first three games, lose the next two and win in six. Brown had said before Game Six that the Kings' top players needed to perform if they were going to win it all. The game took a dramatic turn in the first period when former Sabres winger Steve Bernier took a major penalty for boarding Rob Scuderi.

"I didn't want to hurt our team," Bernier said. "I wanted to help them. This is extremely hard. It's been a long playoff run for us. To finish on that note, it's not fun for sure. But there's nothing I can do now."

Brown, a native of Ithaca and the Kings' captain had only one assist to show for the first five games before scoring the first goal of the game and adding two assists. Jeff Carter had two goals while Drew Doughty and Mike Richards each had two assists to help turn the clincher into a blowout.

"Your best players need to be your best players," Brown said. "We've had that all year. Today, there was an opportunity to do something special. Our big guys stepped up. It was a team effort. We had everyone playing. It's been the key to our success."

--- Bucky Gleason

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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