- POSTED: 14 Jun 2014 13:29
The Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup on Friday, beating the New York Rangers 3-2 in double overtime to seize their second NHL championship in three seasons.
LOS ANGELES: The Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup on Friday, beating the New York Rangers 3-2 in double overtime to seize their second NHL championship in three seasons.
Alec Martinez scored the game-winner with 5:17 remaining in the second overtime to seal the victory.
The Kings won the best-of-seven title series four-games-to-one, adding the crown to the club's first championship captured in 2012.
The Kings had led the series 3-0, but were denied a four-game sweep when the Rangers won 2-1 at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday to send the series back to Los Angeles.
On Friday, Rangers forwards Chris Kreider and Brian Boyle scored second period goals to give New York a 2-1 lead -- Kreider scoring on a power play with 4:23 left in the period and Boyle notching a short-handed goal with 30 seconds left.
Justin Williams had scored 6:04 minutes into the first period to give the Kings a 1-0 lead.
And Los Angeles forward Marian Gaborik knotted the score at 2-2 with a power-play goal with 12:04 left in the third.
An action-packed first overtime period had fans at Staples Center on their feet, but neither team could break through.
With just over five minutes remaining in the second extra period, Kings left wing Kyle Clifford fired a shot from the top of the right circle that Tyler Toffoli tipped before Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist turned it aside with his right pad.
However, the rebound ricocheted to the low left side, where Martinez was waiting to fire it home.