For a team that's gone from punchline to champion, Dustin Penner was the perfect player to send the Los Angeles Kings to the 2012 Stanley Cup Final. His goal at 17:42 of overtime gave the Kings a 4-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 5, and L.A. heads to the Cup Final for the first time since 1993.
But after the Kings' celebration, the real drama started: The most contentious, hostile handshake line in recent memory, as the Coyotes players verbally assailed Kings captain Dustin Brown, whose controversial hit took out defenseman Michal Rozsival moments before Penner's goal with no penalty called:
Here's another look at the handshake line:
Here's the Brown hit on Rozsival:
The Kings open the Final next Wednesday in either New York or New Jersey, having eliminated the 1, 2, and 3 seeds in the West and going 8-0 on the road.
We'll have much more on the Kings' win later.
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