The Los Angeles Kings claimed their second Stanley Cup in three seasons on Friday night (June 13), beating the New York Rangers in the second overtime.
Star Alec Martinez put in the winning goal at 14:43 into the second overtime, ending in Game 5. “After it went in, I think I blacked out,” Martinez said. “I’m just so happy for these guys.”
Marian Gaborik scored a tying power-play goal in the third period for the Kings, as the team rallied from another deficit before finishing off the Rangers in the finals’ third overtime game at Staples Center.
Goalie Jonathan Quick made 28 saves, as Los Angeles brought home a second title following its 2012 championship, the first in the franchise’s 47-year history.
“We have a team that simply will not be denied,” said Smythe Trophy winner Justin Williams, who scored an early goal in the game. “Every Cup is special. What we went through in 2012 (versus) what we went through this year, huge difference, and we really earned it.
“I don’t know if we’re part of (a dynasty) yet, but hopefully we’re on our way to that,” added defenseman Drew Doughty said. “I believe this group could be at that point, but it’s going to take a lot of work.”