FTHN Playoff Report: LA Kings Reclaim Throne; Beat Rangers In Double-OT To Win Stanley Cup
It took almost two full overtime periods in Game 5 to finally get the job done, but the Los Angeles Kings are your 2014 Stanley Cup champions after defeating the New York Rangers in just five games.
GAME 5: KINGS – 3 VS. RANGERS – 2 (LAK WIN IN 5)
After quite the fanfare on the ice before the game, Game 5 started a little sloppy before Kings forward and soon-to-be-named Conn Smythe winner, Justin Williams got Los Angeles on the board with a backhander about six minutes into the first period. The goal seemed to wake the Rangers up a bit and the game sped up, but no one did much of anything until the second period was almost over.
Chris Kreider was able to break the ice for the Rangers when he tied the game at the 15:37 mark of the second period. It gave New York some life and about three minutes later Brian Boyle put the Rangers up 2-1 headed into the third period.
As has been the case almost the entire playoffs, the longer the game went on, the stronger the Kings got and they once again dominated the third period while outshooting the Rangers 12-3 in the third. Marian Gaborik eventually tied the game while on the power play for Los Angeles about halfway through the period and the score would stay tied at 2-2 for quite some time.
The teams safely made it through the first overtime and while the Rangers got a few more shots on net, I still felt like the Kings were in control the whole time and it seemed as though it was only a matter of time before Los Angeles ended the game and the series.
Eventually the Kings did just that, at the 14:43 mark of the second overtime, Alec Martinez was able to play hero once again for Los Angeles when he buried a Tyler Toffoli rebound past an outstretched Henrik Lundqvist and into the back of the Rangers net. I’ve never seen gloves and sticks thrown so high as the Kings took to the ice to celebrate their second Stanley Cup championship in just three years.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Has to be Martinez’s OT-winner as it was a textbook example of how to score a goal in the playoffs, get the puck on net and then crash the hell out of the net. It’s not always pretty but its effective and for Martinez it was his second series ending goal of the playoffs as he was the one who scored in OT of Game 7 in the Western Conference Finals to get the Kings past the defending champs, the Chicago Blackhawks.
— NHL (@NHL) June 14, 2014
FTHN PLAYER OF THE GAME
Even though Williams won the Conn Smythe, Martinez was the star in Game 5. He saw a little over 19-minutes of ice time and finished the game a +1 while scoring the Stanley Cup clinching goal and he even chipped in five shots and two hits.
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