Kings are Kings and I Don’t Care…
The Stanley Cup Finals finally came to an end last night. The Los Angeles Kings, behind the play of goaltender Jonathan Quick and captain Dustin Brown became the first #8 seed in the history of the NHL playoffs to win the cup. The Kings had an improbable run, steamrolling the Western Conference before handling the Devils in the finals.For Los Angeles, the question during the finals was never really if they were going to win, but rather when would they win. The Kings had a chance to clinch in both Games 4 and 5, but were unable to seal the deal. However, last night in Game 6, they were able to jump out to a 3-0 lead with 3 power play goals on the same penalty after Steve Bernier cost the Devs by taking a 5 minute major penalty in the first. All the life the Devils had garnered in winning the last two games was quickly extinguished, and the Kings went on to win a 6-1 game.
As a Ranger and hockey fan, as soon as the Devils beat the Rangers and then lost the first 2 games of the finals in New Jersey, there was very little for me to follow. I have very little respect for fake fans of any sports, especially hockey. Though the fans of Los Angeles celebrated hard last night as if they understood the tradition of winning the Stanley Cup, I’m pretty sure that the major interest of the city has already shifted towards the Lakers offseason. The Kings went on a magical run and I don’t want to take anything away from the players on the team, but the Kings fans who have emerged in the past few weeks certainly don’t deserve it. As a Ranger fan, listening to the fans in the Staples Center chanting MAAAARTY, after Brodeur gave up a goal was down right disrespectful. Kings fans who know shit about hockey have no right to mock the greatest goaltender of all time.
Overall, the postseason was really terrific this year and I’m hopeful that it will spark the nation’s interest of hockey. However, to say that I’m not disappointed with the how it concluded would be a lie. If the Devils had taken the title I would be satisfied, as New Jersey fans appreciate hockey and the Devils would have earned it. Also, if there was a team in Canada that was competitive and gave their entire nation a reason to celebrate, the league would have benefited. However, to see a fair weathered city like Los Angeles, where the celebrities and entitled citizens act as if they give a shit about hockey was hard to watch. The Rangers have renewed my faith this season and even if I can’t wait for the puck to drop next season, watching this season finally end does not sadden me.