Crown 'Em Again: Kings win the Cup for second time in three years with Alec Martinez's goal in double-OT
Let the Black and Silver reign on.
Champs again: the Kings win the Stanley Cup on home-ice yet again after their win in double-overtime (photo via ESPN.com)
The Los Angeles Kings, winners of the Stanley Cup just two seasons ago, completed their march to another title, prevailing in double-overtime over the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Final through way of Alec Martinez's Cup-clinching goal in double-overtime. Martinez slammed home the rebound off of Henrik Lundqvist's right pad and into an open net to kick off the raucous celebrations at Staples Center.
Justin "Mr. Everything/Mr. Game 7/Mr. 3-time-Cup Champ" Williams took home the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the playoffs.
The Kings had an incredible run to the championship, winning three Game-7's on the road before steamrolling the Rangers in five games. Los Angeles did the impossible in coming back from an 0-3 deficit in Round 1 vs the San Jose Sharks, beat their crosstown rivals the Anaheim Ducks in Round 2 and knocked off the defending Cup champs in the Western Final.
The Kings jumped out to a 3-0 series lead vs the Rangers in the Final, and save for an incredible performance from Lundqvist in Game 4 (and a whole lot of help from snow buildup in the crease) the Rangers were able to get one back.
But after skating through 60 minutes and nearly two periods of overtime, it was the Kings who rightly found the winner to seal the deal and win the Cup.
Congratulations to the Kings on an amazing season. Enjoy your time with the Cup, LA, because the Bruins will be ready to bring it back home come next year.
New York Rangers @ Los Angeles Kings: 2 - 3, Los Angeles wins the series 4-1