They were the five minutes that changed 45 years.
Five minutes responsible for finally releasing and unleashing 41/2 decades of franchise frustration. The five minutes that helped lift the
And so, it will be
Turning point would be an understatement. On the ensuing five-minute major, the Kings scored three times. This was the same team that scored six power-play goals in the first three rounds of the playoffs.
"Heavier than I thought," said Brown, who also had two assists. "Knocking knees. There's no words to describe, lifting that thing."
This was career-defining moment for the longest-serving King, the baby-faced father of three boys. On the day before the Final, Brown had spoken about dreaming of hoisting the Cup as a 4-year-old.
"It's one of those things you dream all your life for as a player," Brown said. "The city of Los Angeles has been dreaming of this for 45 years. There were about 20 million dreams coming true tonight."
He took the Cup from Brown and then it turned into a blur. Mitchell then handed the Cup to
"I don't know, I was in shock," Mitchell said. "I was thinking about my family, my wife and my friends -- and how they supported me on this journey. To be honest, I was looking up for them and showing it off because I knew where they were sitting, and then I forgot to kiss the thing.
"So get that thing back here somehow because everyone else is kissing it and I forgot."
Mitchell summoned his childhood memories of hockey and fashioning a mock Stanley Cup.
"You get a little green garbage can and pose with it," he said. "We just did it for real, baby. It was so awesome, so cool?. We faced a lot of adversity this year. We had one of our coaches fired. We found a way to dig ourselves out of a hole, after that and get to this point. It's pretty unique."
The coaching change was a turning point in the season.
"Dog [Duane] and Brent got their name on it six times," Sutter said of his brothers, who played for the
For Sutter to speak about next season was vintage Sutter. So was his description of winning the Cup, saying: "It was pretty awesome."
Sitting next to Sutter on the podium was Kings goalie
"These guys can stay in the moment," Sutter said. "They could get there and stay there, be resilient. They've pretty much heard it all, right?
"Now they can just soak it all in."