This is it! Moment, which many Gagne fans were hoping to see. Simon Gagne lifted the Stanley Cup above his head last night (though with a little bit of difficulties). I don’t think that writing a regular game recap is necessary at this point. What is important is knowing that the Kings did it. They managed to convert their third match-point into a victory and are now celebrating their first Cup championship in the history of the franchise. They beat the New Jersey Devils 6-1 and 4-2 in the series.
I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate the LA Kings but most importantly Simon Gagne. There is no denying I had tears in my eyes as I watched him with the Cup above his head, grinning from ear to ear like never before. Looking back to the first half of the season, to Simon’s injury and numerous rumors and speculations about the end of his playing career, that all made last night that more special and rewarding.
Simon did miss a big portion of the season and some might argue he didn’t really had much hand in the Kings’ success but I beg to differ. Despite missing a chunk of games he was and still is a part of the team as anyone else. He stayed around, he kept fighting through probably the most frustrating injury a hockey player can sustain, and he never gave up on the possibility of playing at least one more game in the 2011-2012 season. In the end, he played four and even though he didn’t record any points, he earned himself a place in the hockey history. And rightfully so.
Gagne has been in the league for 12 seasons and it wasn’t until now that he finally reached the peak and claimed the ultimate price. They say that “you don’t deserve the Cup, you earn it” but I have to believe than nobody will disagree with me when I say that Simon did deserve it, no matter how much (or how little) impact he might have had on this particular Stanley Cup win.