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Empty Netter Assists - 06-12-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Playoff Stuff
Devils - Kings

-A goal and two assists by captain Dustin Brown led the Kings to a 6-1 series-clinching win against the Devils in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. Jeff Carter and Trevor Lewis each scored two goals for Los Angeles while teammates Drew Doughty, Dwight King and Mike Richards each recorded two assists. Jonathan Quick made 17 saves in the victory for the Kings who won the series, 4-2, and claimed the first Stanley Cup title in franchise history.

-The final two and half minutes of the game, the handshake line and the Conn Smythe Trophy and Stanley Cup presentations:

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-Happy times for the Kings:

-Exulting times for Brown:

-Kissy times for Brown with the Cup:

-And with his son:

-Brown the family man:

-Former Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi is a Stanley Cup champion for the second time in his career:

-Bright times for Brown:

-And Carter:

-Kings coach Darryl Sutter raised the Cup for the first time in his career:

-Uplifting times for Los Angeles' Mike Richards and Anze Kopitar (with a crown):

-Kings executive and former Penguins forward Luc Robitaille is a champion once again as well:

-Thirsty times for Scuderi:

-Three former Flyers, from left to right, Carter, Simon Gagne and Richard doing what the couldn't do in Philadelphia:

-Wet and wild times for Los Angeles' Matt Greene:

-Quick and New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur exchange pleasantries:

-The turning point of the game was this boarding major in the first period assessed to New Jersey's Steve Bernier for this hit against Scuderi. The Kings scored three power-play goals on the major and never looked back:

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-Painful times for Scuderi:

-Scuderi bore some damage to his face afterwards:

-“It’s hard enough to get a penalty. Knowing they scored three goals and it’s on your penalty is very, very hard. It’s extremely hard.” - Bernier on the penalty.

-“Tonight’s about L.A. and letting them celebrate. If you want to ask me about that in a week, I’ll give you my honest opinion on it.” - Devils coach Peter DeBoer on the penalty.

-Scuderi left the game momentarily but eventually returned.

-This goal by Carter on the ensuing power play proved to be the Cup clincher:

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-Hit of the Night: Los Angeles' Alec Martinez on New Jersey's Travis Zajac:

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-Happy times for Quick:

-Quick won the Conn Smythe Trophy.

-Quick with the hardware:

-Quick's daughter stole the show during his postgame press conference:

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-Quick and his daughter inspect their new toy:

-Everyone had issues here:

-New Jersey's David Clarkson > Los Angeles' Trevor Lewis:

-The Kings taking the ice:

-“It still feels light as a feather." - Scuderi on the Stanley Cup.

-"There’s no other feeling like it. It’s what you dream of as a kid. To raise that over my head is the best thing that ever happened." - Doughty on the Stanley Cup.

-"I played only four games but it means so much to me that guys gave me the Cup that early." - Kings forward Simon Gagne on being given the Cup early in the Kings' postgame celebration. Gagne, a 12-year veteran, won the Stanley Cup for the first time in his career. He was limited to four games in the postseason due to a concussion.

-"A lot of people doubted me. I proved 'em wrong." - Carter.

-Kings assistant general manager Ron Hextall said he e-mailed former coach Terry Murray to thank him for helping build this team.

-Los Angeles general manager Dean Lombardi gave credit to his predecessor, Dave Taylor, for drafting several of the Kings' players.

-"We didn’t quit and I think we can all look at each other and say we gave our best. We really did. We just came up short.” - Devils captain Zach Parise.

-The Kings became the first eighth seed to win the Stanley Cup.

-Sutter joined his brothers Duane and Brent in getting his name on the Stanley Cup.

-The victory parade will be held Thursday.

-Happy times for Kings fans:

-“I want to play. I’ll talk to my little girl and see what she thinks. I’m sure she’s going to want to see me play. The Devils is what I am. It’s what I believe in." - Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur on his future.

-“They need to try to lock him in and lure him into staying. He’s a franchise player and a guy the fans love. As a captain, he’s a great leader and he did a great job first year as a captain to bring a team counted out early in the season to what we accomplished.” - Brodeur on the future of Parise who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

-According to an e-mail accidentally sent out to media members, the Kings public relations staff intentionally withheld statistics to the Devils' coaches during intermissions.

-With the Kings winning the first Stanley Cup title in franchise history, the Blues are the only exisiting team from the 1967 expansion which has yet to win the Cup.

-Hockey Night in Canada's "hockey cards" segment with players and coaches from the winning team:

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-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

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-Note: Hockey Night in Canada's annual postseason montage has been blocked on YouTube on account of a Coldplay song being used. The only place it can be found is on HNiC's Web site at the 10:00 mark. If it ends up on YouTube, we'll have it on EN as soon as possible.

Penguins

-There have been preliminary talks in advance of negotiations between the Penguins and Sidney Crosby's agent. (PG+)

-"He's [Crosby]. You know, it's a risk, but it's a risk you take. I'm sure his injuries are a sensitive subject, but the Penguins have the medical reports. They know him better than anyone else." - An anonymous NHL general manager on the potential of signing Crosby (right) to a long-term deal despite his injury history.

-Former Penguins defenseman Martin Strbak has joined Rögle of Sweden's Elitserien.

-Happy 48th birthday to former Penguins forward Doug Brown. A free agent signing in the 1993 offseason, Brown's only season in Pittsburgh saw him appear in 77 games and score 55 points for 1993-94 Northeast Division champions. Early in the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season, he was claimed off waivers by the Red Wings.

Northeast Division

-The Bruins re-signed forwards Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell. Kelly signed a four-year contract worth a total of 12 million and will have a salary cap hit of $4 million. In 82 games this past season, Kelly, 31, scored 39 points (20 goals, 19 assists). Campbell signed three-year contract worth a total of $4.8 million and will have a salary cap hit of $1.6 million. In 78 games this past season, Campbell, 28, scored 16 points (eight goals, eight assists).

-EN Says: Kelly's (right) contract seems a bit high, especially for a player who has only hit 20 goals once in his career. And he's clearly on the back nine of his career. But Kelly's value extends far beyond his scoring abilities. He's a good third-line defensive type. Campbell is a fourth-line energy type who will throw his body around and drop the gloves within his weight class. His cap hit is about what it should be. Both players are vital to Boston's penalty kill.

Northwest Division

-Craig MacTavish resigned as head coach of the Chicago Wolves, the Canucks' AHL affiliate, and took a position with the Oilers as senior vice-president of hockey operations. MacTavish is a former captain and coach with the Oilers.

Patrick Division

-Former Rangers goaltender Steve Valiquette has joined Djurgården of Sweden's Allsvenskan.

(Photos: Devils/Kings-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Jonathan Gibby/Getty Images, Harry How/Getty Images, Christian Petersen/Getty Images, Dave Sandford/Getty Images, Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press and Noel Vasquez/Getty Images; Crosby-Paul Bereswill/Getty Images; Kelly-Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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