2012 Stanley Cup Finals

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2012 Stanley Cup Finals
2012 Stanley Cup Finals logo
Teams1*2*3456Games
Los Angeles Kings 2241164
New Jersey Devils 1103212
* – Denotes overtime period(s)
Location:Newark: Prudential Center (1,2,5)
Los Angeles: Staples Center (3,4,6)
Format:Best-of-seven
Coaches:Los Angeles: Darryl Sutter
New Jersey: Peter DeBoer
Captains:Los Angeles: Dustin Brown
New Jersey: Zach Parise
National anthem:Los Angeles: Pia Toscano
New Jersey: Arlette
Referees:Dan O'Halloran (1,3,5)
Dan O'Rourke (2,4,6)
Chris Rooney (2,4,6)
Brad Watson (1,3,5)
Dates:May 30 – June 11
MVP:Jonathan Quick
Series-winning
goal:
Jeff Carter (12:45, first, G6)
Networks:Canada (English): CBC
Canada (French): RDS
United States: NBC, NBC Sports Network
Announcers:(CBC) Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
(RDS) Pierre Houde, Marc Denis
(NBC/NBC Sports) Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
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2012 Stanley Cup Finals
2012 Stanley Cup Finals logo
Teams1*2*3456Games
Los Angeles Kings 2241164
New Jersey Devils 1103212
* – Denotes overtime period(s)
Location:Newark: Prudential Center (1,2,5)
Los Angeles: Staples Center (3,4,6)
Format:Best-of-seven
Coaches:Los Angeles: Darryl Sutter
New Jersey: Peter DeBoer
Captains:Los Angeles: Dustin Brown
New Jersey: Zach Parise
National anthem:Los Angeles: Pia Toscano
New Jersey: Arlette
Referees:Dan O'Halloran (1,3,5)
Dan O'Rourke (2,4,6)
Chris Rooney (2,4,6)
Brad Watson (1,3,5)
Dates:May 30 – June 11
MVP:Jonathan Quick
Series-winning
goal:
Jeff Carter (12:45, first, G6)
Networks:Canada (English): CBC
Canada (French): RDS
United States: NBC, NBC Sports Network
Announcers:(CBC) Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
(RDS) Pierre Houde, Marc Denis
(NBC/NBC Sports) Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
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The 2012 Stanley Cup Final was the championship series of the National Hockey League (NHL) 2011–12 season, and the culmination of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. This was the 119th year of the Stanley Cup's presentation. The Western Conference playoff champion Los Angeles Kings defeated the Eastern Conference playoff champion New Jersey Devils four games to two, capturing the first Stanley Cup title in the team's 45 year history, dealing the Devils just their second Stanley Cup Finals defeat in five tries and first since 2001. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the playoffs.

The 2012 Final ended a long Stanley Cup Final appearance drought for the Los Angeles Kings, who had appeared in the Finals only once in franchise history, in 1993, when the Wayne Gretzky–led Kings lost to the Montreal Canadiens in five games.[1] The New Jersey Devils last appeared in 2003 when winning the championship.[2] It was the first championship series since 2007 whose Stanley Cup-clinching game was played on the winning team's home ice.

The Eastern Conference winner had home ice advantage for the first time since 2006, since the Devils had a better regular season record than the Kings. The Devils were the lowest-seeded team to have home-ice advantage in the Stanley Cup Finals, a record previously held by the Devils when they won the Cup as a fourth seed in 2000. With the Devils entering the playoffs as the 9th seed of the 16 playoff teams by regular season record (no division titles) and the Kings as the 13th, their combined seed of 22 was the second highest of any playoff matchup (only trailing the 1991 Cup Finals with 23), and it was the first playoff matchup with no team seeded better than 9th.[3] The Kings became the first, as well as the last eighth-seeded team to win the Stanley Cup since the conference-based seedings were introduced in 1994.[4][5]

Road to the Final[edit]

Los Angeles Kings[edit]

The Los Angeles Kings historically have not fared well in the postseason, having only progressed beyond second round of the playoffs once in franchise history. There were some highlights in franchise history, such as the Miracle on Manchester in 1982 and against the defending Cup holders in 1989, where they upset the heavily favored Edmonton Oilers both times. The first time that they advanced to the Conference Finals was in 1993, where the Wayne Gretzky–led Kings defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs to reach their first Cup Finals in franchise history, where they lost to the Montreal Canadiens. From 1994 to 2011 the Kings won just one playoff series, during the 2001 postseason when they upset the Detroit Red Wings and pushed the eventual Cup champions Colorado Avalanche to seven games.

The Kings started the regular season at 13–12–4 before firing head coach Terry Murray on December 12, 2011. John Stevens served as interim coach before the team hired Darryl Sutter on December 20. Under Sutter, the Kings finished the season at 95 points, earning the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

The Kings then went on to become the second team to eliminate the first, second and thirds seeds from the playoffs in the same postseason (and the first team to do so in that order), after the 2003–04 Calgary Flames, also coached by Darryl Sutter,[6] eliminating the Vancouver Canucks in five games, the St. Louis Blues in four games, and the Phoenix Coyotes in five games. In addition, the Kings went a perfect 8–0 on the road in these playoff games and the first team to go undefeated while en route to the Final.[7]

The Kings' 2012 Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Los Angeles.

The Kings are the second eighth seed to reach the Final, following the Edmonton Oilers in 2006. (The Oilers lost out to the Carolina Hurricanes in seven games.) Kings players Jarret Stoll and Matt Greene were part of that Oilers team in 2006, while teammate Justin Williams played for the Cup-winning Hurricanes.[8]

New Jersey Devils[edit]

The Devils started the season having missed the playoffs in the 2010-2011 season for the first time since 1995-1996 season, breaking a 13 consecutive post-season appearance streak. This was the Devils' first season under head coach Peter DeBoer, who replaced the retiring Jacques Lemaire during the offseason. Under DeBoer, New Jersey finished the regular season with 102 points, but ended up with the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

The Devils eliminated DeBoer's former team, the Southeast division-winning Florida Panthers, in seven games, and two of their division rivals, first the fifth-seeded Philadelphia Flyers in five games, and the first-seeded New York Rangers in six games.

The series[edit]

Game one[edit]


Los Angeles scored first on Colin Fraser's goal at 09:56 of the first period.[9] The Kings then held the Devils without a shot on goal for the first 14 minutes of the second period, but could not increase their lead.[10] The Devils tied the game at 18:48 of the second period when Anton Volchenkov's shot bounced off of Kings defenseman Slava Voynov and into the Los Angeles net.[11] At 3:58 of the third period, a Devils goal was waved off when Zach Parise illegally pushed the puck with his hand over the Kings goal line. Anze Kopitar beat Martin Brodeur on a breakaway goal 8:13 into overtime to give the Kings a 2–1 win in game one.[9] The Kings' Jonathan Quick made 17 out of 18 saves, while Brodeur made 23 out of 25.

With the win, the Kings became the first team to win their first nine road games in a single postseason.[9]

Scoring summary
PeriodTeamGoalAssist(s)TimeScore
1stLAColin Fraser (1)Jordan Nolan (1)09:561–0 LA
2ndNJAnton Volchenkov (1)Patrik Elias (3) and David Clarkson (8)18:481–1
3rdNone
OTLAAnze Kopitar (7)Justin Williams (10) and Drew Doughty (9)08:132–1 LA
Penalty summary
PeriodTeamPlayerPenaltyTimePIM
1stLADustin BrownGoaltender interference12:192:00
2ndLAJarret StollTripping08:312:00
NJDainius ZubrusElbowing13:232:00
3rdNone
OTNone
Shots by period
Team123OTTotal
Los Angeles598325
New Jersey547218

Game two[edit]


The Kings extended their 2012 playoff road winning streak to ten with another 2–1 overtime victory. This time, it was Jeff Carter who scored at 13:42 of the extra period. After Carter's initial shot from the right side was stopped, he then went around the net to grab the puck on the other side and then made a shot through traffic that beat Martin Brodeur. Los Angeles scored first on Drew Doughty's unassisted goal at 7:49 of the first period. The Devils tied the game at 2:59 of the third period when Ryan Carter deflected Marek Zidlicky's shot into the Kings' net. Neither team could take advantage of their power plays, nor on a 4-on-4 late in the third period. Both teams had more shots than game one; Jonathan Quick made 32 out of 33 saves, while Brodeur made 30 out of 32.[12]

Scoring summary
PeriodTeamGoalAssist(s)TimeScore
1stLADrew Doughty (3)Unassisted07:491–0 LA
2ndNone
3rdNJRyan Carter (5)Marek Zidlicky (8) and Steve Bernier (5)02:591–1
OTLAJeff Carter (5)Dustin Penner (8) and Alec Martinez (2)13:422–1 LA
Penalty summary
PeriodTeamPlayerPenaltyTimePIM
1stLAMatt GreeneCross Checking02:542:00
LAWillie MitchellCross Checking07:562:00
2ndNJAndy GreeneTripping09:292:00
LADwight KingHigh-sticking13:382:00
3rdNJDainius ZubrusInterference16:552:00
LADrew DoughtyHooking17:462:00
OTNone
Shots by period
Team123OTTotal
Los Angeles6961132
New Jersey11910333

Game three[edit]


Los Angeles scored four goals, and Jonathan Quick stopped all 22 New Jersey shots, as the Kings defeated the Devils 4–0. The Kings' first goal at 5:58 of the second period was controversial. Dwight King's original shot against Martin Brodeur was stopped, but King kept on swiping the puck until Alec Martinez finally pushed it across the goal line. Brodeur argued that he had the puck covered up just before Martinez's shot, but the officials did not blow the play dead and the goal stood.[13] The Kings' scored their second goal at 15:07 of the third period when Justin Williams sent a pass near the boards to Dustin Brown, who then passed to Anze Kopitar on the other side, who then lifted the puck over Brodeur. In the third period, two New Jersey penalties led to two Los Angeles power play goals. Meanwhile, New Jersey could not score off of Los Angeles' five penalties during the game, including Jeff Carter's high-sticking double-minor in the first period that led to a Devils 5 on 3 for about a minute.[13]

This contest also saw the return of Kings' left winger Simon Gagne, who had been out of the Los Angeles lineup since December 26, 2011, due to a head injury. Gagne, who is playing in the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in three years, took Brad Richardson's spot in the lineup. In 2010, Gagne, along with current Kings teammates Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, were members of the Philadelphia Flyers that lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.[14]

With the win, the Kings became the first team in NHL history to take a 3–0 series lead in each of the four rounds of the playoffs.[15]

Scoring summary
PeriodTeamGoalAssist(s)TimeScore
1stNone
2ndLAAlec Martinez (1)Dwight King (1) and Trevor Lewis (6)05:401–0 LA
LAAnze Kopitar (8)Dustin Brown (10) and Justin Williams (11)15:072–0 LA
3rdLAJeff Carter (6) – ppMike Richards (8) and Willie Mitchell (2)04:153–0 LA
LAJustin Williams (3) – ppDrew Doughty (10) and Anze Kopitar (10)06:474–0 LA
Penalty summary
PeriodTeamPlayerPenaltyTimePIM
1stLAMike RichardsElbowing14:352:00
LAJeff CarterHigh-sticking - double minor15:364:00
NJMarek ZidlickyTripping16:572:00
2ndLAAnze KopitarHolding06:162:00
LADustin PennerGoaltender Intererence09:412:00
LASimon GagneSlashing18:302:00
3rdNJMark FayneCross Checking03:292:00
NJMarek ZidlickyHigh-sticking05:302:00
Shots by period
Team123Total
New Jersey79622
Los Angeles69621

Game four[edit]


New Jersey avoided being swept for the first time in team history when Adam Henrique scored at 15:29 of the third period to break a 1–1 tie, and Ilya Kovalchuk added an empty-netter with 19.1 seconds left, defeating the Kings 3–1, and forcing a fifth game. This marked the third time in this playoffs that the Kings failed to close out a series in game four after winning the first three games. The game remained scoreless until 7:56 of the third period when Patrik Elias shot a rebound into the Los Angeles net, giving New Jersey their first lead of the series. This lead was cut short a minute later, as David Clarkson was called for boarding at 8:52, and four seconds later Drew Doughty tied the game with a power play goal for the Kings. With the loss, the Kings failed to match the record set by the Edmonton Oilers, who was the last team to lose only two games in their 1988 championship run with at least 16 required games played in a four-round format.

Scoring summary
PeriodTeamGoalAssist(s)TimeScore
1stNone
2ndNone
3rdNJPatrik Elias (5)Bryce Salvador (9) and Dainius Zubrus (7)07:561–0 NJ
LADrew Doughty (4) – ppMike Richards (9) and Anze Kopitar (11)08:561–1
NJAdam Henrique (4)David Clarkson (9) and Alexei Ponikarovsky (6)15:292–1 NJ
NJIlya Kovalchuk (8) – enUnassisted19:403–1 NJ
Penalty summary
PeriodTeamPlayerPenaltyTimePIM
1stNJZach PariseTripping03:022:00
LAJarret StollHooking05:532:00
LADustin BrownTripping07:582:00
NJBryce SalvadorInterference19:152:00
2ndNJBryce SalvadorInterference08:192:00
3rdNJDavid ClarksonBoarding08:522:00
LAWillie MitchellHigh-sticking17:102:00
Shots by period
Team123Total
New Jersey831223
Los Angeles77822

Game five[edit]


The Devils gave the Kings their only playoff road loss with a 2-1 victory, ending their 10-game road-winning streak, and became the first club since the Detroit Red Wings in 1945 to come back from a 3-0 deficit in the Cup Finals to force a game six.[16] New Jersey scored first at 12:45 of the first period, their first power play goal of the series, after Jonathan Quick misplayed the puck and Zach Parise found an open net on the other side before the Los Angeles goalie could recover. The Kings tied the game at 3:26 of the second when Justin Williams took a pass from Matt Greene, skated into the New Jersey zone and beat Martin Brodeur. But the Devils took the lead for good at 9:05 of the second when Bryce Salvador's shot deflected off of Kings defenseman Slava Voynov into the Los Angeles net. Jarret Stoll's goal at 11:16 of the second period, which would have tied the game, was waved off because he shot it with a high-stick. The Devils later held on for the final minute of the game on a 4-on-4 and the Kings pulling their goalie for the extra attacker on what became essentially a 5-on-4 advantage.[16]

Scoring summary
PeriodTeamGoalAssist(s)TimeScore
1stNJZach Parise (8) - ppUnassisted12:451–0 NJ
2ndLAJustin Williams (4)Matt Greene (4)03:261–1
NJBryce Salvador (4)Alexei Ponikarovsky (7) and Mark Fayne (4)09:052–1 NJ
3rdNone
Penalty summary
PeriodTeamPlayerPenaltyTimePIM
1stLAWillie MitchellInterference11:002:00
2ndNJMark FayneDelay of game - Puck over glass09:332:00
NJBryce SalvadorHigh-sticking18:382:00
3rdLADustin BrownHolding the stick05:512:00
LADustin PennerRoughing18:242:00
NJAlexei PonikarovskyRoughing18:242:00
Shots by period
Team123Total
Los Angeles79926
New Jersey412319

Game six[edit]


The Kings defeated the Devils 6–1 to capture the series and win their first Stanley Cup in team history. This was the most lopsided Cup-clinching game since 1991, when the Pittsburgh Penguins won game six by beating the Minnesota North Stars 8–0.[17] At 10:10 of the first period, New Jersey's Steve Bernier was assessed a major boarding penalty and a game misconduct on a hit to Los Angeles' Rob Scuderi.[18][19] The Kings then put the game out of reach by scoring three goals on the ensuing five-minute power play (when a major penalty is assessed, the full five-minute penalty must be served)—the first by Dustin Brown, the second by Jeff Carter, and the third by Trevor Lewis.[19]

Carter then beat Martin Brodeur to score his second goal of the game at 1:50 of the second period after Anton Volchenkov collided with a linesman while trying to defend Brown, who was carrying the puck into the New Jersey Zone. Unimpeded after Volchenkov was screened from the play, Brown easily got the pass off to Carter.[18] Adam Henrique got the Devils' lone goal at 18:45 of the second period after getting the rebound off of a shot by Petr Sykora. Lewis added an empty net goal at 16:15 of the third period after Brodeur was pulled for an extra attacker. With Brodeur back in the net, Matt Greene scored the Kings' sixth goal of the game 15 seconds later.[20]

Regarding Bernier's game-changing penalty, Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger wrote that it was "the most devastating call in the Stanley Cup finals since the illegal curve on Marty McSorley's stick in 1993".[21] Several Devils fans and other observers believed that there was inconsistency with the officials' calls, and that they missed a couple of calls on the Kings at the time of that hit, such as one Jarret Stoll made on the Devils' Stephen Gionta.[22] But James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail gave credit to the referees for making the hard call, stating that "Scuderi had his back to Bernier much of the play ... It's also the type of play the league showcased at the GM meetings as one where more and more players had been 'letting up' rather than plowing a vulnerable opponent from behind. The NHL, in other words, wants these hits out of the game."[23] With the win, the Kings became only the second California-based NHL team to win the Stanley Cup, following the Anaheim Ducks, who beat Ottawa in 2007, the 12th expansion team to win it, and the second to last of the surviving 1967 expansion teams to do so.

Scoring summary
PeriodTeamGoalAssist(s)TimeScore
1stLADustin Brown (8) - ppDrew Doughty (11) and Mike Richards (10)11:031–0 LA
LAJeff Carter (7) - ppDustin Brown (11) and Mike Richards (11)12:452–0 LA
LATrevor Lewis (2) - ppDwight King (2) and Drew Doughty (12)15:013–0 LA
2ndLAJeff Carter (8)Dustin Brown (12) and Anze Kopitar (12)01:504–0 LA
NJAdam Henrique (5)Petr Sykora (3) and Alexei Ponikarovsky (8)18:454–1 LA
3rdLATrevor Lewis (3) - enDwight King (3) and Jarret Stoll (3)16:155–1 LA
LAMatt Greene (2)Unassisted16:306–1 LA
Penalty summary
PeriodTeamPlayerPenaltyTimePIM
1stNJAnton VolchenkovHooking03:012:00
NJSteve Bernier (Served by Petr Sykora)Boarding - Major10:105:00
NJSteve BernierGame misconduct10:1010:00
2ndNJBryce SalvadorHigh-sticking06:004:00
NJRyan Carter (Served by Petr Sykora)Roughing14:232:00
NJRyan CarterMisconduct14:2310:00
NJDavid ClarksonMisconduct18:1910:00
LADustin PennerRoughing19:432:00
3rdLADustin Brown (Served by Justin Williams)Roughing06:552:00
NJPetr SykoraRoughing06:552:00
LADustin BrownCharging06:552:00
NJMarek ZidlickyTripping08:062:00
Shots by period
Team123Total
New Jersey46818
Los Angeles138324

Series quotes[edit]

Ten seconds left. Puck behind the Kings' net, centered by Parise. The long wait is over! After 45 years, the Kings can wear their crown! The Los Angeles Kings have won the Stanley Cup!

Nick Nickson, calling the final seconds of Game 6.[24]

The toughest trophy in all of sports. It takes hard work and determination and great fans. It starts at the top of any organization. Phil Anschutz, Tim Leiweke, Dean Lombardi, Luc Robitaille, Darryl Sutter, and most importantly these great players. 16–4 through a playoff run, one road loss, knocking off the top three seeds in the West. An amazing performance. It's my honor to present the Stanley Cup to captain Dustin Brown.

—NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, presenting the Stanley Cup.[25]

An improbable but inspiring run. For the first time in their 45 year history, the Stanley Cup to Los Angeles. The Kings... are the Kings!

Mike Emrick, final call made on NBC.

Notes[edit]

The 2012 Stanley Cup Finals marked the first time two American-born captains faced off in the championship series of the NHL as Dustin Brown of Los Angeles battled against Zach Parise of New Jersey.[26] This scenario ensured a second time in league history of an American-born captain leading his team to the Stanley Cup championship. Derian Hatcher of the Dallas Stars was the first American-born captain to do so, leading his team over the Buffalo Sabres in 1999.[27]

These finals guaranteed the lowest-seeded Stanley Cup champion in history. New Jersey, as a fifth seed, won the Stanley Cup in 1995.[28] With the Kings' victory, they became the first team ever to win the Stanley Cup as the eighth seed. They are also the second team to win the Stanley Cup without having home ice advantage in any of the four rounds of the playoffs, also after the Devils in 1995.

For the second consecutive Finals, both participating teams' arenas (New Jersey's Prudential Center and Los Angeles' Staples Center) served as host to their first Stanley Cup Finals. The Prudential Center opened prior to the 2007–08 season, while the Staples Center opened in time for the 1999–2000 season. (In 2011, the Boston Bruins' TD Garden and Vancouver Canucks' Rogers Arena, which both opened within days of one another in September 1995, were the two venues that had the honors.)

The Kings are the fourth consecutive team to win the Stanley Cup after opening the season in Europe as part of the NHL Premiere Series. Previous NHL Premiere participants (Pittsburgh2009, Chicago2010, Boston2011) went on to win the Cup.[29]

Jonathan Quick became the third American Conn Smythe Trophy winner, following previous winners Brian Leetch (1994) and Tim Thomas (2011).[30][31]

Rosters[edit]

Years indicated in boldface under the "Finals appearance" column signify that the player won the Stanley Cup in the given year.

Los Angeles Kings[edit]

#NatPlayerPositionHandAcquiredPlace of birthFinals appearance
45CanadaJonathan BernierGL2006Laval, Quebecfirst
23United StatesDustin BrownCRWR2003Ithaca, New Yorkfirst
77CanadaJeff CarterC/RWR2012London, Ontariosecond (2010)
13CanadaKyle CliffordLWR2009Ayr, Ontariofirst
8CanadaDrew DoughtyDR2008London, Ontariofirst
44United StatesDavis DrewiskeDL2008Hudson, Wisconsin
24CanadaColin FraserCL2011Sicamous, British Columbiasecond (2010)
12CanadaSimon GagneLWL2011Sainte-Foy, Quebecsecond (2010)
2United StatesMatt GreeneDR2008Grand Ledge, Michigansecond (2006)
74CanadaDwight KingLWL2007Meadow Lake, Saskatchewanfirst
11SloveniaAnze KopitarCL2005Jesenice, Yugoslaviafirst
22United StatesTrevor LewisRW/CR2006Salt Lake City, Utahfirst
27United StatesAlec MartinezDL2007Rochester Hills, Michiganfirst
33CanadaWillie MitchellDL2010Port McNeill, British Columbiafirst
71CanadaJordan NolanRW/CL2009St. Catharines, Ontariofirst
25CanadaDustin PennerLWL2011Winkler, Manitobasecond (2007)
32United StatesJonathan QuickGL2005Milford, Connecticutfirst
10CanadaMike RichardsCL2011Kenora, Ontariosecond (2010)
15CanadaBrad RichardsonC/LWL2008Belleville, Ontariofirst
7United StatesRob ScuderiDL2009Syosset, New Yorkthird (2008, 2009)
28CanadaJarret StollCR2008Melville, Saskatchewansecond (2006)
26RussiaSlava VoynovDR2008Chelyabinsk, Soviet Unionfirst
19CanadaKevin WestgarthRWR2007Amherstburg, Ontario
14CanadaJustin WilliamsRWR2009Cobourg, Ontariosecond (2006)

New Jersey Devils[edit]

#NatPlayerPositionHandAcquiredPlace of birthFinals appearance
18CanadaSteve BernierRWR2012Quebec City, Quebecfirst
22CanadaEric BoultonLWL2011Halifax, Nova Scotiafirst (did not play)
30CanadaMartin BrodeurGL1990Montreal, Quebecfifth (1995, 2000, 2001, 2003)
20United StatesRyan CarterCL2011White Bear Lake, Minnesotasecond (2007)
23CanadaDavid ClarksonRWR2005Toronto, Ontariofirst
26Czech RepublicPatrik EliasLWL1994Třebíč, Czechoslovakiafourth (2000, 2001, 2003)
29United StatesMark FayneDR2005Nashua, New Hampshirefirst
11United StatesStephen GiontaCR2010Rochester, New Yorkfirst
6United StatesAndy GreeneDL2006Trenton, Michiganfirst
10United StatesPeter HarroldDR2011Kirtland Hills, Ohiofirst
1SwedenJohan HedbergGL2010Leksand, Swedenfirst
14CanadaAdam HenriqueCL2008Brantford, Ontariofirst
25United StatesCam JanssenRWR2011St. Louis, Missourifirst (did not play)
16SwedenJacob JosefsonCL2009Stockholm, Swedenfirst
17RussiaIlya KovalchukLWR2010Kalinin, Soviet Unionfirst
5SwedenAdam LarssonDR2011Skelleftea, Swedenfirst
9United StatesZach PariseCLWL2003Minneapolis, Minnesotafirst
12UkraineAlexei PonikarovskyLWL2012Kiev, Soviet Unionfirst
24CanadaBryce SalvadorDL2008Brandon, Manitobafirst
15Czech RepublicPetr SykoraRWL2011Plzeň, Czechoslovakiasixth (2000, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2009)
7SwedenHenrik TallinderDL2010Stockholm, Swedenfirst
28RussiaAnton VolchenkovDL2010Moscow, Soviet Unionsecond (2007)
19CanadaTravis ZajacCR2004Winnipeg, Manitobafirst
2Czech RepublicMarek ZidlickyDR2012Most, Czechoslovakiafirst
8LithuaniaDainius ZubrusC/RWL2007Elektrėnai, Soviet Unionsecond (1997)

Officials[edit]

The following officials were chosen for the Stanley Cup Finals:[32]

Television[edit]

In Canada, the series was televised in English on CBC and in French on the cable network RDS. In the United States, NBC broadcast the first two and the final two games, while the NBC Sports Network televised games three and four.[33]

GameAmerican audience
(in millions)
Canadian audience
(in millions)
12.90[34]2.13[35]
22.94[34]2.57[35]
31.74[34]2.16[36]
42.07[34]3.01[36]
53.33[34]3.11[36]
64.93[34]3.13[37]

Los Angeles Kings - 2012 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

The 2012 Stanley Cup was presented to Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, following the Kings 6-1 win over the New Jersey Devils in the sixth game of the finals.

Coaching and Administrative Staff:
Engraving notes:[38][39]

Included on team picture, but Left off the Stanley Cup

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