LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 14: Jordan Nolan #71 of the Los Angeles Kings waves to fans in the midst of confetti falling down during the Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup Victory Parade on June 14, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Kings celebrate Cup run with downtown Los Angeles parade


If you had said back in March that there would be a victory parade this summer in downtown Los Angeles, odds are it wouldn’t have been too hard to find people that agreed with you. If you had then insisted that it would be the Los Angeles Kings that were doing the celebrating, all you’d be met with is rolled eyes and maybe a polite, but dismissive, “sure.”

Nevertheless, that’s the situation we had on Thursday as the Kings capped off their improbable and stunning playoff run with confetti and cheering fans.

Even compared to other Stanley Cup winning teams, the 2011-12 Kings were special.

In order to make this day possible, they had to become the first eighth-seed team in the history of the NHL to win the Stanley Cup. Not only did they accomplish that, but they steamrolled through the competition with a 16-4 playoff record.

They also became the first team to claim a 3-0 series lead in all four rounds.

So it’s fair to say that the Kings have earned the right to celebrate today. The question is, will there be another parade in 2013?


Kings bring Cup to Dodger Stadium

Video: Flyers, Bolts confirm 3-on-3 OT is pretty much the greatest thing ever

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Well, the NHL’s two new initiatives for ’15-16 seem to be going swimmingly.

Not long after Ottawa successfully made the second-ever coach’s challenge, fans got their first look at 3-on-3 overtime.

And what a look it was.

In the span of 137 seconds, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers combined for eight shots on goal, a few breakaways, some tremendous saves — including one on a penalty shot — and, finally, Jason Garrison‘s game-winning goal on a breakaway from center, giving the Bolts a 3-2 win.

It was, in a word, fun.

Lots of fun.

A quick sampling of reviews:

Of course, not everybody was a fan:

Now, to temper things a bit — this was the first time we’ve seen 3-on-3 with something on the line, so there was a novelty factor at play. There’s also no guaranteeing future OT sessions will be as exciting as this.

But none of that takes away from the fact 3-on-3 made for appointment viewing, and immense entertainment value. The prospect of future games like this? That’s pretty exciting.

In Jets return, Burmistrov delivers headshot to Bergeron (Updated)


Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.

Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:

Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).

The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.

Update: Bergeron stayed in the game, but B’s head coach Claude Julien was none too pleased with the hit. Following the game, he called for the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to look at it…