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Kings Win Stanley Cup on Martinez’s Double Overtime Goal

Kings Win Stanley Cup on Martinez’s Double Overtime Goal

Harry How/Getty Images(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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Kings Dominate to Take 3-0 Series Lead

Kings Dominate to Take 3-0 Series Lead

Paul Bereswill/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Following three straight overtime games in the playoffs, the Los Angeles Kings made sure there would not be a fourth by defeating New York 3-0 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Kings are now one win away from their second title in three years.

"We did a lot of things the right way," said Jonathan Quick, who stopped 32 shots in the win. "Now we get ready for the next one. The fourth one is always the most difficult."

Los Angeles had not led once during the first two games of the Final, winning both games in overtime. That changed 0.7 seconds left in the first when Jeff Carter's shot knocked off the skate of a diving Dan Girardi and hit the back of the net.

The Kings then added to their advantage in the second period with goals from Jake Muzzin and Mike Richards. Los Angeles has scored 11 goals in the Cup Final, all of which were scored by a different player.

New York looked for a comeback but were stonewalled each time they made an attempt on Quick. Chris Kreider had a breakaway chance just eight seconds into the third, but was stopped by the Kings goalie. Henrik Lundqvist made 12 saves for the Rangers in net.

Only four teams have ever overcome a 3-0 series deficit in NHL Playoff history. The Kings did it in the first round, rallying against San Jose. The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs are the only team to complete the feat in a Stanley Cup Final.

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Kings Down Rangers in Overtime Again

Kings Down Rangers in Overtime Again

Harry How/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Kings rallied from multiple two-goal deficits before ultimately beating the New York Rangers in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final by a 5-4 final in double overtime. Los Angeles now owns a 2-0 series lead at the Final shifts to New York.

Dustin Brown deflected Willie Mitchell's shot just over halfway through the second overtime period, completing another rally by the Kings. Much like Game 1, New York jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period with goals from Ryan McDonagh and Mats Zuccarello.

Despite a pair of Kings goals in the second, the Rangers held a 4-2 advantage heading into the final frame. Dwight King scored just two minutes in the third before Marian Gaborik, a former Ranger, tied the contest at 4-4 with 12:26 to play in regulation.

Both teams had chances in the first overtime, but the goaltenders stood tall and forced a second extra session. Derrick Brassard, who scored New York's fourth goal of the night, had a chance with time expiring in the first OT but was stopped by Jonathan Quick.

Quick finished the game with 34 saves while Henrik Lundqvist stopped 39 in the loss. Game 3 will be played at Madison Square Garden on Monday night.

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Alain Vigneault: “Like Our Chances” Against Kings

Alain Vigneault: “Like Our Chances” Against Kings

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(GREENBURGH, N.Y.) -- The New York Rangers will play in their first Stanley Cup Finals since 1994, and coach Alain Vigneault has faith that his team can get the job done against the Los Angeles Kings.

The Kings beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago on Sunday in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals and are looking for their second Stanley Cup in the last three years.

"Even though a lot of people aren't going to give us a chance, I like our chances," Vigneault said on Monday. "I like our group. I like our focus. I like the way we compete."

If the Rangers are going to take home the Cup, they'll have to do it without home ice.

"I know L.A.'s been there before," Vigneault continued.  "I know they've won before [in 2012]. I know they've gone to three Game 7's [this postseason] and won them, and they just beat the defending Stanley Cup champions. I get that....But we've really rallied around ourselves and the opportunity [to play for the title]."

New York's road to the finals has not been an easy one; they beat the Penguins in seven games, came back from a 3-1 deficit to the Philadelphia Flyers, and took six games to close out the Candiens in the East finals.

"I think going into Philly [in the first round], people were probably 50/50 that we'd get through that," Vigneault said. "Going into Pittsburgh [in the Eastern Conference semifinals], I would probably say a lot more experts were picking Pittsburgh than the Rangers. And then against Montreal [in the conference finals], other than a few New York reporters, I think everybody across Canada was picking Montreal in four or five."

Game 1 will be at the Staples Center on Wednesday night.

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Martinez’s OT Goal Lifts Kings into Stanley Cup Final

Martinez’s OT Goal Lifts Kings into Stanley Cup Final

Justin Heiman/Getty Images(CHICAGO, Ill.) -- The Los Angeles Kings trailed the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 in the first period but battled back to force overtime in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals. Less than six minutes into the extra frame, Alec Martinez scored, giving the Kings a 5-4 win and sending them to their second Stanley Cup Final in three seasons.

"We've battled back so many times this year and so many times in these playoffs, we said, 'Why not again today?'" said winger Justin Williams. "It was a total team effort, every single guy here giving everything they've got."

Williams tied the game at 2-2 in the first period and later assisted on the game-winner, giving him 14 career points in Game 7's, the most all-time. Los Angeles never led until Martinez's tally in overtime. The Blackhawks took a 3-2 lead into the first intermission thanks to Patrick Sharp and again led 4-3 after two periods, courtesy of Sharp's power play goal. Marion Gaborik knotted things up in the third with his 12th goal of the postseason.

The Kings will now face the New York Rangers, the team that traded Gaborik at the deadline in the 2012-13 season, in the Stanley Cup Final. Los Angeles won the title in 2012, their only championship in franchise history.

Corey Crawford made 27 saves in the loss, as the defending champs were ousted on home ice. 

Jonathan Quick stopped 37 shots, including one in the final seconds of regulation. Los Angeles improves to 7-0 in elimination games in the playoffs and become the first team to ever reach the Stanley Cup Final by winning three Game 7's. The Kings and Rangers play Game 1 on Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

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Tyler Seguin Traded to Stars in Seven Player Deal

Tyler Seguin Traded to Stars in Seven Player DealLen Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images (NEW YORK) --  After falling short in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Boston Bruins decided to shake things up a bit. The team traded forward Tyler Seguin, center Rich Peverly, and defenseman Ryan Button to the Dalla...

Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks Honored with Parade

Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks Honored with ParadeScott Olson/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Lord Stanley's Cup has returned to Chicago. Millions of Chicago Blackhawks fans lined the streets of downtown Chicago to celebrate the team's second Stanley Cup title in four years.  The team knocked off the Bo...

Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup in Thrilling Fashion

Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup in Thrilling FashionHarry How/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- With two-minutes to go in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final it looked like we'd be heading back to Chicago for a Game 7, but then the Blackhawks put on a show. With 1:16 remaining, Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland scored 1...

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/24/13

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/24/13Jim Rogash/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL Stanley Cup Finals:  Chicago Blackhawks 3 - Boston Bruins 2 (Blackhawks win series, 4-2) MLB:  Tampa Bay Rays 4 (40-37) - Toronto Blue Jays 1 (38-37) Cleveland Indians 5 (39-36) - Baltimore Orioles 2 (...

Blackhawks “Optimistic” Toews Will Play in Game 6

Blackhawks “Optimistic” Toews Will Play in Game 6Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images(BOSTON) --  Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville is "optimistic" team captain Jonathan Toews will play in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins Monday night. Toews missed the ...

Patrice Bergeron Is “Day-to-Day”

Patrice Bergeron Is “Day-to-Day” Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Some hopeful news for Boston Bruins fans. Center Patrice Bergeron, who was injured and sent to a Chicago area hospital with a undisclosed body injury during Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final Saturday, ...

Kane Propels Chicago Past Boston in Game 5 of Stanley Cup Final

Kane Propels Chicago Past Boston in Game 5 of Stanley Cup FinalJonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Patrick Kane scored twice, and Corey Crawford made 24 saves as the Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Boston Bruins in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final Saturday night, 3-1. Chicago now leads the series 3-2. The loss c...

Blackhawks Edge Bruins 6-5 in OT Thriller

Blackhawks Edge Bruins 6-5 in OT ThrillerBruce Bennett/Getty Images(BOSTON) --  The Chicago Blackhawks had the final say in yet another overtime classic. Brent Seabrook scored the game-winning goal 9:51 into overtime to give the Blackhawks a thrilling 6-5 win over the Boston Bruins to ev...

Marian Hossa Likely to Play in Game Four

Marian Hossa Likely to Play in Game FourLen Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images (BOSTON) -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa is likely to play in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night after missing Game 3 with an undisclosed injury. "Not going to go ...

Rask Stones Blackhawks, Bruins Take Game 3

Rask Stones Blackhawks, Bruins Take Game 3Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Tuukka Rask continued his hot play stopping all 28 shots the Chicago Blackhawks fired on him, as the Boston Bruins blank the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals Monday night, 2-...

Bruins Answer Back, Top Blackhawks in Overtime of Game 2

Bruins Answer Back, Top Blackhawks in Overtime of Game 2Harry How/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Daniel Paille scored with 6:12 left in overtime, giving the Boston Bruins a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Saturday night. The series is now tied at a game a piece. Althou...

Bruins Winger Nathan Horton Considered “Day-to-Day”

Bruins Winger Nathan Horton Considered “Day-to-Day” Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien described winger Nathan Horton as "day-to-day" one day after Horton left Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals with an upper-body injury. Horton left the ice in ...

Edmonton Oilers Name Dallas Eakins Head Coach

Edmonton Oilers Name Dallas Eakins Head CoachLen Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images (EDMONTON, Alberta)  --  The Edmonton Oilers have hired Dallas Eakins to be their new head coach. The 46-year-old Eakins replaces Ralph Krueger, who was fired at the end of the season. "This isn't about winn...

Bruins Shut Out Penguins, 1-0, Advance to Stanley Cup Finals

Bruins Shut Out Penguins, 1-0, Advance to Stanley Cup FinalsLen Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Pure domination.  The Boston Bruins swept away the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night with a 1-0 win to punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals. Defenseman Adam McQuaid scored the lone goal of th...

Quick Wins the Conn Smythe

Quick Wins the Conn SmytheDave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Stanley Cup wasn't the only award handed out Monday night. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick won the Conn Smythe award, which is chosen by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, and is given...
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