June 14, 2014

Hollywood Ending: Kings Win 2014 Stanley Cup!

Congratulations to the 2014 Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.

Alec Martinez scored 14:43 into double overtime of Game 5 to give the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 victory against the New York Rangers at Staples Center.

The game, the longest game in Kings' history, was cautiously play and almost dull through regulation. The Rangers held a 2-1 lead after two periods and left it up goalie Henrik Lundqvist to make countless spectacular saves in the third period and throughout out over time. Lundqvist made 48 saves, proving to be the King of Kings. But with the relentless pressure by the Kings it was only a matter of time.

The Kings dominated the third period and much of the overtime. Marian Gaborik forced overtime before Martinez finally beat Lundqvist.

Kings forward Justin Williams, who scored the first goal in Game 5, was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player of the playoffs. "Mr. Game Seven" was "Justin Credible" all spring. He finished with 9 goals and 16 assists for 25 points in the playoffs - tying him with teammate Jeff Carter with the 2nd most points in these playoffs. (Teammate Anze Kopitar finished with 26.) Williams led all players with seven points in the finals, including a dramatic overtime goal in the series opener last week. He had three assists in the Kings' double-overtime win in Game 2, and he added another assist in Game 3.

This is the second time in three years that Los Angeles has been crowned as Stanley Cup champions. They had to work harder for it this time around.

Los Angeles became the first team in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup after playing the maximum 21 games in the first three rounds. The Kings are the first team to win the Stanley Cup after playing as many as 26 games in the playoffs.

The Kings unthinkably erased a 3-0 series deficit to beat the San Jose Sharks in the first round. They won Games 6 and 7 against the Anaheim Ducks in the second round, and held on against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final to win Game 7 in overtime, when Martinez scored the winning goal there, too.

The Kings needed five games to defeat the Rangers but had to win coming from behind in three of them, all at home, all in overtime. They erased four two-goal deficits to win Games 1 and 2, and came back from a one-goal deficit to clinch the Cup in Game 5.

1 comment:

Bruno said...

Game 5 was just amazing. The Kings deserved with all glories the Stanley Cup, they found a way to finish it better than in 2012.