The party was Friday night. What took part Monday was just another part of the celebration.
The L.A. Kings held their Stanley Cup parade and rally on Monday, a way to celebrate the club’s second championship in the last three years with their fans. According to NHL.com, more than 300,000 fans took to the streets near Staples Center to cheer on their team once again.
“It was an emotional, exhausting ride,” Justin Williams said, as per NHL.com. “For us to come out on top after you poured everything that you had into it, and it was good enough, words can’t describe it.”
Well, one man found some words to describe it. Just used some colorful language, was all. L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti, showing his enthusiasm, dropped an F-bomb during his speech to the masses.
Perhaps more impressive than the championship itself was just how the Kings won it. They played in three Game 7s – all on the road. They were down 3-0 in the first round to the San Jose Sharks. Down 3-2 to the Anaheim Ducks in the second round. Down a pair of goals early to the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, in Game 7 of the conference final.
Their brushes with elimination were numerous, yet they found ways to win time and time again.
“You see this baby, right here?” said head coach Darryl Sutter. “She’s been gone for a couple of years, and we’re happy she’s home.”
Controversy just seems to find the Pittsburgh Penguins. Credit Sidney Crosby & Co. for responding with a win on Wednesday.
Crosby generated two pretty goals, including this slam-dunk slapper:
… While Evgeni Malkin‘s overtime-winner stood as the Penguins managed a 4-3 overtime win against the St. Louis Blues tonight.
(You can see Malkin’s OT-clincher in the video above this post.)
Will this win and strong performance from Crosby silence murmurs about his relationship with Mario Lemieux? Probably not, yet it likely turns the volume down in some ways, including killing the “Is he struggling because of distractions” storyline.
You know, at least for a little while. Maybe.
Claude Giroux isn’t the nastiest, most physical captain the Philadelphia Flyers have employed. Even so, he can be feisty at times.
Wednesday showed that, as he clearly wasn’t happy with an earlier Nick Leddy hit, and eventually got the New York Islanders defenseman to drop his gloves.
You can see the fight and the check that inspired that scrap in the video above.
It’s the fourth fight Giroux has been a part of, with his most recent adversary being may his most bitter rival.
Not a heavyweight bout between Giroux and Leddy, mind you, but sometimes it’s amusing to soak in such a rare sight.
Carter Hutton is getting something that might make fellow Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne jealous: goal support.
Still, there was at least one moment where Rinne was likely happy to be on the bench, as Hutton was left flipping during this collision with Buffalo Sabres forward Marcus Foligno:
Remarkably, Hutton remained in the game.
If you’re the type who loves adding to your “hockey players are tough” files, put this under the goalies section.
Check out this incredible shot of that moment:
Update: The Predators held off the Buffalo Sabres to win 3-2.
Tonight was supposed to be about a clash of two Eastern Conference titans who sport arguably the two best goalies in the NHL. That mattered to Montreal Canadiens fans for about half the game against the New York Rangers, give or take a few minutes.
Priorities are now shifting to calling upon higher powers/etc. in hopes that Carey Price is OK.
Mike Condon replaced Price in the third period and … well, people are concerned.
Again, people are pretty worried right now.
Price being replaced isn’t the greatest sign, yet it’s early, so stay tuned for updates. Maybe it will merely be a matter of playing it safe?
Update: The good news is that Montreal won by a significant 5-1 margin.
Yes, that probably isn’t much solace for Habs fans. Agreed.
It sounds like Price re-aggravated his previous injury.