LA Kings Win Second Cup in Three Years

Courtesy: CBS Sports

Courtesy: CBS Sports

CBS Sports- The longest postseason for the Los Angeles led into the longest game they had ever played. After 94 minutes of impossibly tense hockey, Alec Martinez could scarcely believe it when a rebound off Henrick Lundqvist’s pads came straight to his stick.

“After it went in, I think I blacked out,” Martinez said. “I’m just so happy for these guys.”

From their first elimination game seven weeks ago to Martinez’s championship-winning goal, these Kings were resilient, relentless and remarkable.

And now they have the Stanley Cup. Again.

Martinez scored 14:43 into the second overtime, and the Kings won the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years with a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangersmin Game 5 on Friday night.

Marian Gabrick scored a tying power-play goal in the third period for the Kings, who rallied from yet another deficit before finishing off the Rangers in the finals’ third overtime game at Staples Center.

Jonathan Quick made 28 saves and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Justin Williams scored an early goal as Los Angeles added a second title to its 2012 championship, the first in the franchise’s 47-year history.

Long an NHL afterthought in their warm-weather city, the Kings have turned into a burgeoning dynasty — and they’ve turned Hollywood into a hockey town with two titles, capped by this glamorous finish.

“We have a team that simply will not be denied,” said Williams, a three-time Cup champion after scoring 25 points. “Every Cup is special. What we went through in 2012 [versus] what we went through this year, huge difference, and we really earned it.”