Kings flaunt flair in thrilling Stanley Cup finale

Sat Jun 14, 2014 3:25am EDT
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By Jahmal Corner

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Kings saved their ultimate climactic finish for the grand finale on Friday as they seized the Stanley Cup with the signature dramatic flair that characterized their latest championship run.

With the pressure mounting, their home fans buzzing, and the game clock ticking away, Alec Martinez slapped in the cup-clinching goal in double overtime in a 3-2 win that provided the perfect ending to a drama-filled Los Angeles post-season.

"The Kings make it interesting at all times," Los Angeles center Anze Kopitar told reporters in the afterglow of the Kings' longest game in franchise history.

"It's not just the playoffs, we've done it all throughout the season. It doesn't matter how, as long as you do it."

Kopitar is only partially right, as the Kings will be remembered for winning their second title in three years as well as how they accomplished it.

Los Angeles needed three Game Seven victories just to reach the championship series and once they did, they saved plenty of style points for the final.

The Kings’ Game Five clinching win was their third overtime triumph of the series, and each time they came from behind to seize victory.

Los Angeles faced a 2-1 deficit in the third period on Friday before tying it on Marian Gaborik's goal.   Continued...

Jun 13, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; NHL commissioner Gary Bettman (left) presents Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23) with the Stanley Cup after defeating the New York Rangers game five of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports