Los Angeles topples the New York Rangers in just five games
Hockey’s royalty has been crowned once more: the Los Angeles Kings are Stanley Cup Champions for the second time in three seasons.
L.A. topped the New York Rangers in double overtime on Friday, 3-2. It took the Kings just five games to win the NHL championship this year; two years ago they topped the New Jersey Devils in six.
While NBC Sports, which has the exclusive telecast rights of the Stanley Cup, was surely rooting for a longer series, the NHL finals proved a boon for its broadcast and cable networks. On NBC Sports Network, Games 3 and 4 set a 17-year cable viewership high.
Shortly after the final siren of the season went off, Justin Williams, who scored the first goal of the night Friday, was named Most Valuable Player of the postseason, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy.
The last goal — the one that would close out the year and the hopes of New York’s pro hockey fans — was scored by Alex Martinez, who capitalized on a rebound puck off of a Henrik Lundqvist save. Tyler Toffoli and Kyle Clifford were credited with assists on the skate-off score.
After that final goal, an emotional scene played out on the home ice, in the Staples Center stands and on the streets of Los Angeles, as players and fans began to celebrate the Cup coming back to Los Angeles.