NHL: LA Kings Win Cup On Martinez Goal in Double Overtime
The Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup Final Friday night, marking its second Cup victory in three years and longest game in franchise history.
It was double overtime, both teams were fatigued, and the contest was tied at two.
Alec Martinez made a rebound goal 14:43 into the second overtime to give the Kings a 3-2 win against the Rangers. Tyler Toffoli made the first shot, which was saved by Henrik Lundqvist, to give Martinez the game winning rebound opportunity.
The Kings were first to score in game five to give themselves a 1-0 lead 6:04 into the first period. Justin Williams’ backhand shot was sent into the net, but what followed after the game was even more impressive for 32-year-old Williams. He was the Conn Smythe Trophy winner serving as the NHL’s postseason most valuable player.
New York took advantage of the second period to tie the game and take the lead. Chris Kreider managed to score during a power play and minutes later Brian Boyle came up with a shorthanded goal, giving the Rangers a 2-1 lead.
The Rangers were able to take the lead often throughout the series, but the Kings always managed to come back and earn a victory.
In the third period the Kings earned a crucial power play opportunity to put themselves back in the game. Mats Zuccarello was penalized for tripping against Jake Muzzin, and Marian Gaborik’s wrist shot tied the game at two, forcing two overtime periods.
After a back-and-forth scoreless first period, both teams entered the second tied at two. The Rangers came close to winning the game during a power play opportunity in the second overtime. Kyle Clifford was called for boarding Derek Dorsett, and Dan Girardi’s shot was inches from giving New York a victory, only to be unsuccessful as the puck hit off the post.
The Rangers were outshot 51-30, and a total of 61-25 in third periods throughout the series.
The Kings had to fight through many elimination games to reach the Stanley Cup Finals, beginning with a 3-0 series deficit against San Jose. Eventually, they made their way to the Finals and claimed the Cup after a 4-1 series victory.