Jun 13, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the New York Rangers in the second overtime period in game five of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Stanley Cup Returns To The Los Angeles Kings

The Los Angeles Kings are the 2014 Stanley Cup Champions. They beat the New York Rangers in double overtime, 3-2, in the longest game in Kings’ history. The Kings won the series on a goal by Alec Martinez which put the Stanley Cup back in their possession for the second time in three years. Los Angeles are once again Kings of the NHL!

Things got started six minutes in when two Kings were in front of Henrik Lundqvist, trying to jam the puck into the net. A bad rebound (for New York) bounced right to Justin Williams who slid it under the Ranger goalie. The Kings started their assault early, although through the game, the Kings were a bit undisciplined with several penalties, none more crucial than when Dwight King was called for high-sticking Mats Zuccarello. Chris Kreider tipped in the puck from Ryan McDonagh on the power play to tie it up at one. The game was just starting to get intense.

The Kings found themselves unlucky for stretches as they not only failed to capitalize on several power plays, but as soon as the penalty to Dominic Moore expired, Brian Boyle took the puck away for the Kings and went past the defenders and sent it past Jonathan Quick. The Rangers were up 2-1.

The Kings finally got a killer goal on a power play as Zuccarello got two in the box for tripping Jake Muzzin. Marian Gaborik grounded a shot from Dustin Brown and jammed the rebound between Lundqvist’s legs. The tie would take them into not one, but two overtimes. To get the feeling of how those remaining 34 minutes and 43 seconds, post-regulation, felt like…

But it all came to a head when Alec Martinez was open on the right side of Lunqvist and netted the game winner, the series winner and the Stanley Cup winner. The Los Angeles Kings are the Stanley Cup Champions for the second time in three seasons.To add, Justin Williams captured the Conn Smythe Trophy as the best player in the playoffs. Congratulations! Go Kings Go!


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