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Kings take the Crown - Quick the MVP

(6/12/12) Didn't it seem a bit surreal watching the Kings hoist the Stanley Cup?  We almost knew it was coming, but it still felt a little strange to actually witness it happen.  Regardless, the Kings are the champions, and deservedly so.  They knocked off the #1, 2, and 3 seeds on the way to winning the Western Conference, and they went on to handle the Devils in six games during a series in which they were never in any real danger.  If you were one of the few fantasy owners who believed in L.A. prior to the playoffs, kudos, you probably won your pool.

As for the final stats, Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar tied for the playoff scoring lead, with 20 points respectively.  It's a notably low total for the top scorer - only once since 1970 has the leading playoff scorer tallied fewer points (2003 Langenbrunner, Neidermeyer tied with 18).  

Meanwhile, Jonathan Quick was named the Conn Smythe winner as MVP, earning 16 wins and 3 shutouts along the way.  He also posted a brilliant save percentage of .946, and a GAA of 1.41 over 20 starts.  Looking at those stats, we'll declare him the fantasy playoff MVP as well.

 

 

 Name Team GP   G   A   Pts   +/-   PIM   Hits   BkS   PPG   PPA   SHG   SHA   GW   SOG   Pct  
 Dustin Brown LOS 20   8   12   20   16   34   93   12   1   3   2   3   3   59   .136  
 Anze Kopitar LOS 20   8   12   20   16   9   31   15   0   6   2   1   1   56   .143  
 Ilya Kovalchuk NJD 23   8   11   19   -7   6   20   7   5   3   0   0   0   70   .114  
 Claude Giroux PHI 10   8   9   17   2   13   7   9   3   4   2   2   0   36   .222  
 Drew Doughty LOS 20   4   12   16   11   14   44   25   1   5   0   1   0   44   .091  
 Brad Richards NYR 20   6   9   15   -2   8   17   17   2   6   0   0   0   71   .085  
 Justin Williams LOS 20   4   11   15   8   12   10   6   1   3   0   0   0   58   .069  
 Zach Parise NJD 24   8   7   15   -8   4   56   15   3   3   0   0   1   87   .092  
 Mike Richards LOS 20   4   11   15   1   17   37   15   2   4   0   0   1   41   .098  
 Bryce Salvador NJD 24   4   10   14   9   26   54   34   0   1   1   0   1   30   .133  
 Travis Zajac NJD 24   7   7   14   -6   4   35   5   1   3   0   0   2   49   .143