LA Kings savor 1st Stanley Cup triumph
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Stanley Cup barely had the Los Angeles Kings' fingerprints on it Monday night before Darryl Sutter suggested they should start preparing to win it again.
That's just how the Kings' pragmatic coach thinks, and he didn't shy away from celebrating with his players. They partied until well after midnight at a restaurant in Staples Center, where Los Angeles completed its 16-4 rampage through the postseason to the franchise's first NHL title.
The eighth-seeded Kings' surge actually began in the regular season when a talented roster came together in the final 20 games or so.
Most of that roster is signed for next season, and the few free agents probably could be tied up by general manager Dean Lombardi if he wants the same players to attempt a repeat.
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