Kings Win Stanley Cup on Martinez’s Double Overtime Goal
(LOS ANGELES) -- Alec Martinez netted a game-winning goal in double overtime of Game 5 to win the Stanley Cup, 3-2, for the Los Angeles Kings. It is the second title in three years for the Kings who also won in 2012.
Los Angeles won the Cup on home ice in come-from-behind fashion, trailing the New York Rangers 2-1 after two periods. Brian Boyle scored a short-handed goal with less than thirty seconds remaining in the second period to put the Rangers on top.
Eight minutes into the third, the former Ranger Marian Gaborik tied the game with a power play goal of his own. Both teams battled through the rest of regulation and one overtime period before Martinez sent the Staples Center crowd into a frenzy.
After Tyler Toffoli had his shot saved by Henrik Lundqvist, the puck trickled its way to the stick of Martinez who was able to blast the game-winner into the back of the net. Lundqvist made 48 saves for New York, who was trying to become just the second team ever to win the Stanley Cup after losing the first three games of the series. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick stopped 28 shots in the Cup clinching win.
Justin Williams, who scored nine goals in the playoffs, was awarded the Conn Smythe trophy as the Final's Most Valuable Player.
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