The Stanley Cup barely had the Los Angeles Kings' fingerprints on it before Darryl Sutter suggested they should start preparing to win the NHL title again.
Kings savor first Stanley Cup
The Stanley Cup barely had the Los Angeles Kings’ fingerprints on it before Darryl Sutter suggested they should start preparing to win it again.
“The first thing you think about as a coach, these guys are all young enough, they’ve got to try it again,” the coach said Monday night, not long after raising the Cup for the first time himself.
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The Kings partied until well after midnight at a restaurant overlooking Staples Center ice, where Los Angeles completed its 16-4 rampage through the postseason to the franchise’s first NHL title. The Kings beat the New Jersey Devils in six games in the best-of-seven Final.
After 45 years without a Cup, after 4 ½ decades with one division title and one conference crown to show for their existence, and after eight seasons from 2002 to 2010 without making the playoffs, the Kings had earned every minute of celebration. They got the final postseason berth in the West and are the only No. 8 seed to win the Cup since the conference-based NHL playoff format was introduced in 1994.
Music boomed and drinks flowed for a few hundred friends, family members and Kings employees hanging out with the players.
A parade down Figueroa Street in Los Angeles is scheduled for Thursday.
“These guys, since March 1st, they’ve lost about six games,” said Sutter, who replaced the fired Terry Murray as coach in December. “They’ve taken a lot of public negativity towards them. Look what they’ve just done. Pretty awesome.”
Vancouver probe continues
Vancouver, B.C., police said last year’s Stanley Cup riot will lead to criminal charges against more than 300 people, a total Chief Constable Jim Chu said would be the biggest from one incident in Canadian history.
Vancouver Canucks fans broke windows, looted shops and set fires in the city June 15 after their team’s 4-0 home loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of last year’s Final.
Vancouver police said there have been 674 charges brought against 225 suspected rioters, with the Integrated Riot Investigation Team delivering 82 more charges against 25 suspected rioters Tuesday.
“For those rioters who think they’ve gotten away with it, investigators are still conducting active investigations and we expect to recommend charges on a further 100 individuals in the coming months,” Chu said in a statement. “By the time we are done, we expect that we will exceed 300 persons charged with over 900 criminal charges.”
Busch retains his ride
Driver Kurt Busch will return to the Phoenix Racing team when his one-week NASCAR suspension ends Wednesday.
Busch, 33, met with team owner James Finch and they agreed to stay together.
Busch’s status with Finch seemed shaky after his one-week suspension for verbally abusing a media member.
Mayweather ruling delayed
A judge in Las Vegas said she will decide later this week whether to ease jail conditions for Floyd Mayweather Jr., after his lawyers argued the undefeated champion is getting out of shape in solitary confinement and might never fight again.
Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa made no immediate ruling on an emergency motion asking the court to move Mayweather into the general jail population — something jail officials had avoided out of fear for his safety — or put him in house arrest for the rest of his three-month sentence.
Mayweather, 35, pleaded guilty in December to misdemeanor domestic battery and no contest to two harassment charges that stemmed from an attack on his ex-girlfriend while two of their children watched. He was sentenced to three months and entered the jail June 1.
Lawyers say Mayweather’s personal physician, Robert Voy, visited the jail Friday and was concerned the fighter appeared to have lost muscle tone. Voy estimated Mayweather was consuming fewer than 800 calories a day — a drop from his usual 3,000 or 4,000 calories — and wasn’t drinking enough because he isn’t allowed bottled water and doesn’t usually drink tap water.
Prosecutors argued Mayweather is “deconditioning” by choice and declining much of his food.
“He has the ability to exercise, he just chooses not to,” prosecutor Lisa Luzaich said. “It’s jail. Where did he think he was going? The Four Seasons?”
• Bob Arum, promoter for Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley, is asking Nevada officials for a full investigation into the controversial scoring of their welterweight-title fight Saturday in Las Vegas.
Challenger Bradley, a 5-1 underdog, won a split decision that was loudly booed by the crowd.
Arum said, “This is absurd and ridiculous, and everyone involved in boxing should be ashamed.”
• Doug O’Neill, trainer of I’ll Have Another, this year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, said he plans to contest a 45-day suspension issued by the California Horse Racing Board last month after one of his horses, Argenta, tested in excess of the permitted level of total carbon dioxide, Daily Racing Form reported.
“I’ll fight it until I can’t fight it anymore,” O’Neill told Daily Racing Form.
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