Posted: Jun 12, 2012 6:39 AM by CNN Wire Staff
Updated: Jun 12, 2012 10:51 AM
(CNN) -- At long last, the Kings reign supreme over the hockey world.
The Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 on Monday night to win the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup.
The win marks the first Stanley Cup for the Kings in franchise history.
Los Angeles has been defying the norm for much of the past few weeks, showing dominance despite squeezing into the playoffs as a No. 8 seed. The team's surge triggered a virulent case of hockey fever in sunny Southern California.
The last time the Kings garnered this much attention back home was in the late 1980s and early 1990s, propelled by the league's all-time top scorer, Wayne Gretzky.
This season's Kings were led in large part by goalie Jonathan Quick and center Anze Kopitar.
The Devils have been among the NHL's most consistent teams in recent decades. They've won three Stanley Cups, the most recent in 2003.
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