The Los Angeles Kings are headed to the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in three years after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in Overtime of Game 7.
The Kings magical run towards a second Stanley Cup title in three years lives on after Alec Martinez scored at the 5:47 mark of the 1st OT in Chicago. The 2012 Cup champions were down early 2-0, but fought back to get to 3-2 after the first period. The Kings tied up the game 3-3, then went down 4-3 before tying it up in the 3rd period at 4-4 to force an overtime. The Kings were constantly fighting to stay alive in Game 7 and were chasing the Blackhawks all game. But that’s what the Kings do best.
The Kings have consistently overcome obstacles this postseason and having been fighting to stay alive ever since they were down 3-0 in the opening series to the San Jose Sharks. They fought off four elimination games in the first round, two more against the Anaheim Ducks in the second round, and another one tonight in Chicago.
That’s what this 2014 Kings team will be remembered for, whether they win or lose in the Cup Finals. They will be remembered because they’ve gone 7-0 in elimination games and won three consecutive Game 7′s on the road, which is a feat that won’t soon be forgotten.
We have to congratulate the Chicago Blackhawks on an amazing season and one of the most memorable playoff series in recent NHL history. It’s not very often that you get the two previous Stanley Cup Champions meeting in the Conference Finals, let alone going to overtime in Game 7 of that series. Put simply, this was one of the most incredible series in NHL history and hockey fans were created because of the performance put on by both of these teams.
This series had everything: comebacks, incredible goals, incredible goaltending, overtimes, and everything else. Heck, Game 7 featured an earthquake in Los Angeles! It was simply incredible.
However, the Kings prevailed an unbelievable fashion and the Western Conference crown is ours once again.
The Kings will host Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the New York Rangers on Wednesday night. Get ready….the Stanley Cup Finals are back at Staples Center. We Want The Cup!!!
Schedule (all games start at 8 p.m. ET, except Game 2 at 7 p.m. ET)
Game 1: Wednesday, June 4 at Staples Center
Game 2: Saturday, June 7 at Staples Center
Game 3: Monday, June 9 at Madison Square Garden
Game 4: Wednesday, June 11 at Madison Square Garden
Game 5*: Friday, June 13 at Staples Center
Game 6*: Monday, June 16 at Madison Square Garden
Game 7*: Wednesday, June 18 at Staples Center