Saturday, June 14, 2014
KINGS CROWNED AGAIN
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The hockey season is over, but the celebrating has just begun in Los Angeles.
The Kings are the Stanley Cup champions for the second time in three years following their third overtime victory of the finals. Alec Martinez scored on a rebound at 14:43 of double-OT to give the Kings a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers in Game 5.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped a shot by Tyler Toffoli, but the rebound went directly onto the stick of Martinez for his second straight series-clinching goal. Martinez also scored the game-winner in overtime to push Los Angeles past Chicago in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals.
Lundvist was brilliant for the second straight game, turning back 48 shots after stopping 40 in the Rangers' Game-4 victory. He performed well while the Kings were outshooting the Blueshirts 12-3 in the third period, but Los Angeles managed to force overtime on Marian Gaborik's power-play goal with 12:04 left in regulation.
Jonathan Quick stopped 28 shots for the Kings, 15 coming in overtime. Quick blanked the Rangers after Chris Kreider scored a power-play goal and Brian Boyle added a short-handed tally over the final 4:23 of the second period.
Kings right wing Justin Williams received the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the playoffs. Williams had nine goals and 25 points in 26 games, including the Kings' first goal early in the clincher.