NHL season opener: L.A. Kings get rings, raise first Stanley Cup banner
Los Angeles • The Los Angeles Kings and their fans waited 45 years to raise a Stanley Cup banner to the rafters.
Then they waited three more months, thanks to the NHL lockout.
After all that waiting around, even the disappointment of the blowout loss that followed Saturday's ceremony couldn't completely ruin the Kings' first championship celebration.
The Kings recognized last June's Stanley Cup triumph in a joyous ceremony before their season opener, receiving their championship rings and showing off the Stanley Cup before their 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Although the defeat tempered the party, the Kings savored a day to enjoy their unlikely title.
"We enjoyed it, but we'll try to learn from it as well," captain Dustin Brown said.