After a long and grueling season, the NHL Stanley Cup was presented last night to the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings knocked off the Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers in five games, winning three of them in overtime. Last night they defeated the Rangers in Los Angeles in double overtime on a goal by Alec Martinez. Justin Williams won the Conn Smythe trophy as the playoff MVP. Williams finished the postseason with 25 points, 9 goals, and a +13 rating.
The Kings finished the regular season third in the Pacific Division and sixth in the Western Conference. They were down 0-3 to the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the playoffs before winning four straight and ousting the Sharks in game seven. In the second round, they went up against the top seeded Anaheim Ducks. After taking a 2-0 lead, the Ducks won three straight but the Kings won the next two, defeating the Ducks in seven games. In a rematch of last years Western Conference Final, the Kings squared off against the defending Stanley Cup Champions and the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year. The Kings went up 3-1, but the Blackhawks won two straight to force another game seven for the Kings. Once again, Los Angeles picked up the “do or die” victory to move on to the Stanley Cup Final. It only took the Kings five games to win their second Stanley Cup in three years. The Kings went 3-0 in game seven and 7-0 in elimination games.
We here at Mile High Sticking would like to congratulate the Los Angeles Kings, their fans, and our partners at Rink Royalty on their Stanley Cup victory.