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The Kings captured their second Stanley Cup in three seasons in a double-overtime thriller, edging the Rangers 3-2 on a goal by Alec Martinez 14:43 into the second extra period of Game 5.

The dramatic win completed an epic playoff run in which the Kings achieved several notable feats in postseason play:

* The Kings clinched the Stanley Cup in their 26th game of the postseason, the most ever by a Stanley Cup champion and tied for the most by any playoff team. The previous teams to play 26 games in one postseason: the 1987 Flyers and 2004 Flames, who both dropped seven-game series in the Stanley Cup Final.

* The Kings became the first team in NHL history to play the maximum 21 games en route to advancing to the Stanley Cup Final.

* The Kings went 7-0 when facing elimination in the postseason, the most ever by a Stanley Cup champion. Only one team in NHL history posted more such wins in a single playoff year: the 1975 Islanders (eight), who were eliminated in the Semifinals.

* The Kings won Game 7s on the road in each of the first three rounds – at San Jose in the First Round (5-1), at Anaheim in the Second Round (6-2) and at Chicago in the Western Conference Final (5-4 OT). They became the second team in NHL history to win three Game 7s in one playoff year (following the Bruins in 2011) and the first to win three such games on the road.

* The Kings recorded four multi-goal comeback victories in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time any team posted as many such wins in one playoff year was in 1987, when the Flyers earned five such victories.

* The Kings became the first team in NHL history to win three consecutive playoff games it trailed by two goals. They trailed the Blackhawks 2-0 in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final (5-4 OT win), the Rangers 2-0 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final (3-2 OT win) and rebounded from deficits of 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2 in Game 2 of the Final (5-4 2OT win).

* In the First Round, the Kings became the fourth team in Stanley Cup Playoffs history to overcome a 3-0 series deficit when they rallied to beat San Jose.

* The Kings also overcame a 3-2 series deficit in the Second Round vs. Anaheim and battled back from 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 deficits in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final at Chicago. The Kings became the first team in NHL history to advance to the Stanley Cup Final with a Game 7 overtime victory on the road.

* The Kings have played 64 postseason games dating to 2012, breaking the NHL record for most such games over a three-year span (Dallas: 1998-00, Detroit: 2007-09).

Kings defenseman Alec Martinez tallied the Stanley Cup-winning goal at 14:43 of double overtime. It marked Martinez's second consecutive series-clinching overtime goal; his goal at 5:47 of extra time in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final eliminated the Chicago Blackhawks at Chicago on June 1.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Martinez became the third player in NHL history to score two series-clinching overtime goals in one postseason. He joins Martin Gelinas (Calgary, 2004) and Adam Henrique (New Jersey, 2012).

* Martinez tallied the 17th Stanley Cup-clinching overtime goal in NHL history; the first since Chicago's Patrick Kane in 2010 (Game 6 at Philadelphia); the first by a defenseman since Colorado's Uwe Krupp in 1996 (Game 4 at Florida); and the first scored on home ice since the New York Islanders' Bobby Nystrom in 1980 (Game 6 vs. Philadelphia).

Los Angeles forward Justin Williams won the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to “the most valuable player to his team in the playoffs.” The winner is selected in a vote by a panel of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

* Williams tallied 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) in 26 games of a playoff run full of clutch performances, leading all players in multi-point games (seven) and plus-minus (+13). He set career highs for goals, assists and points in a single playoff year.

* Williams led all scorers in the Stanley Cup Final, notching seven points (two goals, five assists) in five games. He tallied points in four of the five games, including the overtime goal in Game 1 and a three-assist effort in Game 2.

* Williams tallied 1-1—2, including the primary assist on Alec Martinez’s overtime winner, in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final. He increased his career totals to 7-7—14 in seven Game 7s, all victories. With his performance, Williams passed Doug Gilmour (13) for the most points in Game 7 history and also tied Glenn Anderson for the most goals in Game 7s.

Justin Williams Series-By-Series Statistics in 2014 Playoffs
First Round vs. San Jose: 4-2--6, +4 in 7 games
Second Round vs. Anaheim: 1-4--5, +3 in 7 games
Western Conference Final vs. Chicago: 2-5--7, +4 in 7 games
Stanley Cup Final vs. NY Rangers: 2-5--7, +2 in 5 games
TOTAL: 9-16--25, +13 in 26 games

* Four of the five games were decided by one goal, including three in overtime.

* The teams were tied or separated by one goal for 85% of the playing time.

* The Stanley Cup Final featured three overtime goals for the second consecutive season. Prior to 2013, it had been 20 years since the Final had as many as three overtimes decided in extra time (1993, Montreal won all three against Los Angeles).

* Two of the games required multiple overtimes (Games 2 and 5). The last Stanley Cup Final that had two multiple-OT games was in 2000 (New Jersey vs. Dallas, Games 5 and 6).

Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and forward Jeff Carter, who represented Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in February, have achieved the acclaimed double of winning an Olympic gold medal and the Stanley Cup in the same season. The Kings' pair joins the New York Islanders' Ken Morrow (USA, 1980), Detroit's Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan (Canada, 2002) and Chicago's Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews (Canada, 2010) in this exclusive club.

Los Angeles forward Dustin Brown, a native of Ithaca, N.Y., is the first U.S.-born captain to win multiple Stanley Cups. In 2012 Brown became the second U.S.-born captain to capture the title, following Derian Hatcher (Sterling Heights, Mich.) of the Dallas Stars in 1999. Brown helped the Kings win their second Stanley Cup in three seasons by tallying eight points (4-4--8) in his final nine playoff games, including the double-overtime winner in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

* Drew Doughty set a Kings playoff scoring record for defensemen and led all League blueliners in playoff scoring, tallying 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in 26 games. Doughty broke his own franchise record set during the Kings' Stanley Cup run in 2012 (4-12--16 in 20 GP). He logged a total of 747:33 in ice time during the postseason (28:45 per game), the most by any player in a playoff year since ice time was added as an official statistic in 1997-98.

* Jonathan Quick backstopped the Kings to each of their 16 victories, posting a 16-10 record with a 2.58 goals-against average, .911 save percentage and two shutouts.

* Anze Kopitar led all NHL players in playoff assists (21) and points (26). He registered at least one point in 19 of the team’s 26 postseason games. Only Wayne Gretzky (15-25--40 in 1993) has recorded more assists or points for the Kings in a single playoff year.

* Jeff Carter recorded career-high goal, assist and point totals for the playoffs with 10-15--25 in 26 games. He tied for second place in League scoring with teammate Justin Williams.

* Just as he did in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final at Chicago, Marian Gaborik scored the game-tying goal in the third period of the Stanley Cup-clinching Game 5. Gaborik tallied his League-leading 14th goal of the postseason, one shy of Wayne Gretzky's single-year playoff franchise record set in 1993.

* Gaborik recorded 11 goals in 41 games during the regular season, five of which came in 19 games with the Kings after the trade deadline. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Gaborik joins Claude Lemieux (Colorado, 1996-97) as the only players in NHL history to record more goals in the playoffs than the regular season (min. 10 regular-season goals).

* Tyler Toffoli's assist on the Stanley Cup-winning goal by Alec Martinez set a franchise rookie scoring record for one playoff year. Toffoli finished with 7-7--14 in 26 games, one point more than Daryl Evans (5-8--13 in 1982) and Warren Rychel (6-7--13 in 1993). Toffoli previously set the franchise mark for rookie goals in one playoff year.

* Tanner Pearson finished two points behind teammate Toffoli with 4-8--12 in 24 games and posted a rookie-best +10 rating.

* Down 2-1 after 40 minutes, the Kings recorded their League-leading fourth victory this postseason when trailing after two periods (4-8).

* At 94:43, the Stanley Cup-clinching Game 5 of the Final was the longest game in Kings franchise history, surpassing Game 5 of the 2013 Western Conference Final at Chicago (91:40).

* The Kings registered three overtime victories in the Stanley Cup Final (Games 1, 2 and 5), tied for the second-most such wins in one Final. The record of four is held by the 1951 Toronto Maple Leafs, who defeated the Montreal Canadiens in five games, all of which were decided in extra time.

* The Kings led the NHL with 88 goals in the postseason, an average of 3.38 per game, including a streak of nine consecutive games with at least three goals from May 21 through June 9. They ranked 26th during the regular season (2.42 goals per game).

* The Kings led the League a +17 goal differential in the third period and overtime this postseason (35-18). Their 30 third-period goals also paced all teams, 10 more than the next-closest club (CHI: 20).

* The Kings won a League-leading eight road games in the postseason (8-6). In 2012, they tied a Stanley Cup Playoffs record with 10 road victories (10-1), including two in the Final.

* Seventeen of the 22 Kings players who appeared in a playoff game during their run to the 2012 Stanley Cup are champions again in 2014: Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter, Kyle Clifford, Drew Doughty, Colin Fraser, Matt Greene, Dwight King, Anze Kopitar, Trevor Lewis, Alec Martinez, Willie Mitchell, Jordan Nolan, Jonathan Quick, Mike Richards, Jarret Stoll, Slava Voynov and Justin Williams.

* The Kings have won 17 of their last 22 home playoff games – including six of their past seven – dating to June 11, 2012, when they clinched the Stanley Cup vs. New Jersey.

* Teams leading the Stanley Cup Final 3-0 improved to 26-of-27 (96.3%) since the NHL implemented the best-of-seven format in 1939. The only club to overcome a 3-0 series deficit to win the Stanley Cup was the 1942 Maple Leafs (vs. DET).

* Teams with a chance to win the Stanley Cup on home ice improved to 42-20 (.677) since the best-of-seven format was introduced in 1939, and evened their mark at 8-8 since 2000. The Kings also clinched the trophy at STAPLES Center in 2012 -- no other team has clinched on home ice since Anaheim in 2007.

* The Kings led for 19% of playing time in the Final (69:34 of 369:45) and trailed 30% of the time (111:04 of 369:45).

* After posting 40 saves in each of Games 1 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, Henrik Lundqvist made 48 in Game 5. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lundqvist became the first goaltender in the expansion era to record three games of 40-or-more saves in the Stanley Cup Final.

* Ryan McDonagh, who turned 25 Friday, recorded an assist on Chris Kreider's second-period goal. McDonagh led the Rangers in overall playoff scoring with 17 points (four goals, 13 assists), including 3-11--14 over his final 11 games.

* Martin St. Louis led the Rangers with eight goals and tied for second on the team with 15 points in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (25 GP). He had 1-7--8 in 19 regular-season games with the club following his acquisition at the trade deadline.

* The Kings finished 10th in the overall standings during the regular season, becoming the fourth club outside the top six to win the Stanley Cup in the past six years.

2009: Pittsburgh (#8) def. Detroit (#3), 4-3
2010: Chicago (#3) def. Philadelphia (#18), 4-2
2011: Boston (#7) def. Vancouver (#1), 4-3
2012: Los Angeles (#13) def. New Jersey (#9), 4-2
2013: Chicago (#1) def. Boston (#5), 4-2
2014: Los Angeles (#10) def. NY Rangers (#12), 4-1

* Game 5 of the Final marked the 93rd game of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, surpassing the previous single-year record of 92 established in 1991.

* Game 5 of the Final marked the 26th overtime game of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, tied for the third-most in a single playoff year. The record of 28 was set in 1993.

The Kings will host a parade and celebratory rally on Monday in honor of the team's second Stanley Cup championship in three years. The celebration will begin at noon, PT at the corner of Figueroa and West 5th Streets, with the city of Los Angeles' traditional parade of championship teams down Figueroa to Staples Center and L.A. Live.
Media covering the game and those watching at STAPLES Center and beyond marveled at the spectacle of a captivating Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.
jimmy fallon ‏(@jimmyfallon)
32 Quick - unbelievable goalie. Congrats Kings. Well deserved. @NYRangers did NOT make it easy though. Great game.
Kevin Smith (‏@ThatKevinSmith)
We're gonna need a bigger goal: The 1st OT of the @LAKings vs @NYRangers was as terrifying and as thrilling as the last 30 minutes of JAWS.

Wil Wheaton ‏(@wilw)
The roar of 19000 people, and then the silence of us holding our breaths. #BecauseItsTheCup
Colin Hanks ‏(@ColinHanks)
I cannot express the joy I feel right now. #GKG #BELIEVE #Becauseitsthecup
Alyssa Milano ‏(@Alyssa_Milano)
Tears!!! #becauseitsthecup #GKG
Jerry Bruckheimer ‏(@Bruckheimerjb)
Kings win!  Kings win!  Congratulations to the @LAKings!  Incredible finish.  #GoKingsGo  #StanleyCup
John Ondrasik ‏(@johnondrasik)
Thank you @LAKings for the most excruciating Epic run of my life. #54F pic.twitter.com/j8YfAXHmHK
Justin Timberlake ‏(@jtimberlake)
Matthew Modine (@MatthewModine)
Thank you @NYRangers for a terrific season. You played your hearts out and gave it your all. Bravo. @TheGarden #NHLFinals2014
Prince Amukamara (@PrinceAmukamara)
This hockey game is a great example of the word RELENTLESS!!
Kobe Bryant ‏(@kobebryant)
Congrats to the @LAKings-bringing another championship banner to @StaplesCenter pic.twitter.com/jnUixyzdYo
Boomer Esiason ‏(@BOOMERESIASON)
Morning sickness today. Hard to believe the #NHL season has come to an end. What a ride. #NYR
Graham DeLaet ‏(@GrahamDeLaet)
Just no better celebration or tradition in all of sports. #thecup
Tyler Bozak ‏(@Bozie42)
How can someone not be a hockey fan after those playoffs. Congrats to the Los Angeles Kings!
daniel winnik ‏(@Danwinnik34)
If you're not a hockey fan after these playoffs you never will be. Congrats to justin williams on the conn smyth and another cup
P.K. Subban ‏(@PKSubban1)
Congrats to the @LAKings on winning the cup! Congrats to Justin Williams! #Noonemoredeserving!
Matt Duchene ‏(@Matt9Duchene)
And a huge congrats to the @LAKings. Any team that comes back from a 3-0 deficit in round 1 and wins 3 game 7s deserves Lord Stanley
Steve Ott ‏(@otterN9NE)
What a piece of jealousy I have watching this game.
Bob McKenzie ‏(@TSNBobMcKenzie)
LAK become 1st team in 34 years (1980 NYI Bob Nystrom) to win Cup on home ice in OT. Tremendous end to best playoff year I've ever seen.
Pierre LeBrun ‏(@Real_ESPNLeBrun)
In the 19 years I've covered the NHL, this is most impressive Cup run I've seens. Three Game 7 wins. The comeback wins. Incredible resolve.
Josh Yohe (‏@JoshYohe_Trib)
Great hockey game. Great NHL postseason. Two months of thrills.
Adam Schefter ‏(@AdamSchefter)
This is some real heart-palpitating hockey. Classic stuff.
Jim Rome ‏(@jimrome)
I'll say it again, NHL postseason kills all others. Every year.
Richard Deitsch ‏(@richarddeitsch)
The stick that blocked Rick Nash's shot just got a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke)
Once again, hardest thing about watching Kings Cup game is breathing
Eric Stephens‏ (@icemancometh)
To be inches away from a Game 6 and inches away from a Cup celebration. Man, this is something.
Chris Johnston ‏(@reporterchris)
Someone should write a book about that overtime period.
Terry Koshan ‏(@koshtorontosun)
This game can go on forever. No problem with that.
James Mirtle ‏(@mirtle)
Double OT... don't mind if I do.
Mark Lazerus‏ (@MarkLazerus)
This is just extraordinary.
Peter Botte‏ (@PeterBotte)
This is like Rocky and Apollo, both fights. Haymakers all over the place, both can barely stand. So riveting and so much fun to watch.
steve simmons ‏(@simmonssteve)
This is like Chicago-Kings overtime. Back and forth. Chances all over the place. Few whistles. Hockey at its best.
Nick Cotsonika ‏(@cotsonika)
That Chicago-L.A. overtime was great. This overtime is great. Oh, boy, is this great!
FOX Sports Live ‏(@FOXSportsLive)
Remind us to do more cardio before the playoffs next year. We weren't ready. #BecauseItsTheCup
Down Goes Brown‏ (@DownGoesBrown)
This is incredibly fun to watch.
Sara Orlesky (‏@saraorlesky)
What an OT this has been!
Stephen Whyno ‏(@SWhyno)
A millimetre to the left? Hockey.
Kevin McGran ‏(@kevin_mcgran)
No words? no whistles.
The crowd attending the Dodgers-Diamondbacks game at Dodger Stadium Friday night erupted in cheers following the Stanley Cup-winning goal. As legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully described the scene, "Uh oh, you know what that means. The L.A. Kings have just defeated the New York Rangers in overtime and the Kings have won the Stanley Cup. Wow! What a team, what a year, what a finish."

Thanks once again to the NHL PR department for supplying the above information.


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The crowd attending the Dodgers-Diamondbacks game at Dodger Stadium Friday night erupted in cheers following the Stanley Cup-winning goal. As legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully described the scene, “Uh oh, you know what that means. The L.A. Kings have just defeated the New York Rangers in overtime and the Kings have won the Stanley Cup. Wow! What a team, what a year, what a finish.”

Thanks once again to the NHL PR department for supplying the above information.

Not a fan of Vin Scully, but I tip my hat to his acknowledging the Kings win.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 06/14/14 at 03:04 PM ET

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