For the 2nd time in the last 3 years, the Los Angeles Kings have won the Stanley Cup.
Alec Martinez scored 14:43 into the 2nd overtime, and the Kings dispatched the New York Rangers 4 games to 1 with a thrilling 3-2 Stanley Cup clinching win.
Martinez’s goal ends what was a wild and crazy run to the title. Los Angeles fell behind 3 games to none to the San Jose Sharks in the first round before coming back to win 4 straight, got by the Anaheim Ducks in 7 games, and then the Chicago Blackhawks in 7 after overcoming a 2-goal deficit in the decisive game on the road.
The Kings got the first goal of the game when Justin Williams put a rebound past Henrik Lundqvist less than 6 minutes in. When all was set and done, it was Williams who won the Conn Smythe trophy for the post-season’s MVP. The Rangers though, would not go quietly.
Chris Kreider tied the game 15:37 into the 2nd off an unbelievable pass from Ryan McDonagh. All Kreider had to do was put the puck in the open net and he did.
A few minutes later, the Rangers took the lead shorthanded. Carl Hagelin forced a turnover, and Brian Boyle did the rest going top shelf to beat Jonathan Quick.
When it looked as though New York might steal one in LA, the former Ranger Marian Gaborik struck again putting in a loose puck to tie the game at 2.
The game went to overtime, and both teams would have their share of excellent chances. Ryan McDonagh was denied by the post, Chris Kreider missed again on a potential game winning breakaway goal, and Rick Nash’s shot at an open net was sticked away by Slava Voynov.
For the Kings, Tyler Toffoli’s slap shot went off the post with 7:15 left in the first overtime, and Jeff Carter’s deflection rang off the post in the first minute of the 2nd overtime.
But it was Alec Martinez who finally ended what was an amazing hockey game.
LA out-shot New York 50-31 on the night, and once again controlled large portions of the 3rd period.
The Rangers losing this series hurts after going 20 years between Stanley Cup Final appearances. New York blew 2-goal leads in each of the first 2 games, but the resilient Kings proved to be too much.