Stanley Cup Finals 2012: Players Who Must Step Up for Kings to Claim First Title

The Los Angeles Kings have defied the odds and reached their second Stanley Cup Finals as the No. 8 seed. For the first time since The Great One wore a black and silver sweater, the Kings are on the brink of bringing the cup to Los Angeles. 

The Kings have shown how strong defensive play will put you in position to win a championship. This season, Los Angeles was second in the league with a 2.1 goals against average. With an increase in offense in the postseason and the continued success in their own end, the Kings are ready to make Southern California care about the NHL.

To win this series, Los Angeles will have to win on the road, a task they have completed in each attempt this postseason. This time, the Kings will travel to New Jersey to face the Eastern Conference champion Devils. 

To beat New Jersey, it will take some spectacular individual efforts from the Kings' stars. These players will need to have their best games of the year to bring the hardware to Hollywood:


Dustin Brown

Kings captain Dustin Brown has been lights out this postseason. The seven-year veteran leads the team in playoff points, goals and assists. We've seen him throw his body around and make key plays through the first three series. 



Against New Jersey, Brown will need to continue to lead by example for the younger players. Brown wears the 'C' on his jersey for a reason. He makes everyone around him better and is someone for the entire team to look up to.

Jonathan Quick

In the playoffs, goaltender Jonathan Quick has been spectacular, averaging only 1.54 goals per game. The Game 5 series-clinching win against Phoenix was only the second time this playoffs that an opponent scored more than two goals on the Kings goalie.

New Jersey has already faced, and defeated, quality goaltending in the form of Hart Trophy finalist Henrik Lun...

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