Last night in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Los Angeles Kings tried to close out the New York Rangers in the NHL Stanley Cup Final in Los Angeles.
New York Rangers – 2 Los Angeles Kings – 3 (2OT) (Kings win series 4-1)
*For the second time in three years, the Los Angeles Kings raised Lord Stanley’s Cup. In an exciting back and forth game, Alec Martinez clinched the Cup for the Kings in double overtime. Henrik Lundqvist made the inital save on Tyler Toffoli, but kicked the rebound right to Martniez, who made no mistake with the puck, putting it behind Lundqvist and into the net at 14:43 of double overtime. The Kings got on the board first on a goal by Justin Williams at 6:04 in the first period. The Rangers answered in the second period though, scoring two goals. First, Chris Kreider pocketed a power play goal and then Brian Boyle scored a shorthanded goal with just 30 seconds remaining in the period. Trailing entering the third period for third time in the series, the Kings managed to tie it up on a power play goal by Marian Gaborik, his league leading 14th goal of the playoffs. The Kings dominated the third period, outshooting the Rangers 12-3. The Kings outshot the Rangers 22-15 in both overtimes and 51-30 in the game. Lundqvist was spectacular for most of the game, making 48 saves but once again failing to stop the Kings in overtime. The Kings won three of the four games in this series in overtime. Jonathan Quick made 28 saves in victory. Justin Williams took home the Conn Smythe trophy as the playoff MVP.