LOS ANGELES The moment was more than seven months in the making, but it still felt right on time. When the Stanley Cup championship banner rose above the ice and into the rafters at Staples Center on Saturday, Los Angeles Kings players watched it admiringly. They had made it happen.
This was their day, their achievement. An NHL-imposed lockout forced them and the rest of the league to wait three months to begin their season, but it didnt steal the joy and celebration of the franchises first Stanley Cup.
Every detail had been carefully planned and orchestrated, from the presentation of the Tiffany-designed rings to Kings players to the escorting of the Stanley Cup trophy through the stands and onto center ice.
A perfect day except for the long-awaited opener. Perhaps it was the result of all the pregame excitement, but the Kings offered a coldly disappointing performance against the Chicago Blackhawks, who scored the first four goals and won easily, 5-2.
It was awesome, defen...