June 17: Conn Smythe Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist makes a huge last-second save on Daniel Sedin to preserve the Rangers’ second Stanley Cup victory since 1940.
Madison Square Garden is the scene of the craziest post-game celebration ever. Fans hand beer to players over the glass, Tortorella brings his beloved dogs on-ice to skate with the Cup and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg makes a citizen’s arrest when Glen Sather lights a victory cigar in smoke-free Manhattan.
Not a bad double for the business of the sport to have Los Angeles and New York win the Stanley Cup in back-to-back seasons. Good thing the owners and players were able to avoid a lockout.
I thought this was very funny, especially the part about Torts bringing the dogs on the ice
October 12: The lights go dark at the Staples Center. The video screen replays the last moments of the Kings' Stanley Cup victory over New Jersey (called by Bob Miller and Jim Fox, of course). After a few shots of the celebration, the crowd is stunned into silence by the face of Dodgers legend Sandy Koufax. "I'm proud to see LA's hockey team join the list of this city's champions," he says in a video message. Then, we switch to a grinning Kobe Bryant, who adds, "It's about time."
The crowd goes absolutely berserk, and the banner is raised. When the lights come back on, it's noticed that night's visitors, the Rangers, came out to watch the ceremony. "I wanted them to see what it's like," John Tortorella says.