Los Angeles, CA, United States (NewsBahn) – Alec Martinez scored with 5:43 remaining in the second overtime, lifting the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers Friday night at Staples Center.
The 4-1 series win marks the Kings second Stanley Cup title in the last three years and pushed the Blueshirts cup-less run to 20 years.
New York played hard in the series but couldn’t win any of the three overtime contests, ultimately sealing its fate.
Los Angeles took a 1-0 lead on Justin Williams’ goal in the opening period.
The Rangers took a 2-1 advantage on a Chris Kreider power play goal and a Brian Boyle shorthanded tally in the second period.
L.A. took advantage of a shaky penalty call for a Marian Gaborik power play goal at the 7:56 mark of the third to tie it at 2-2, leading to Martinez’ heroics.
The goalies were spectacular with Kings netminder Jonathan Quick stopping 28 shots. Henrik Lundqvist halted a barrage of shots as he did throughout the series in collecting 48 saves.