Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez scored the game-winning goal in double overtime of Game 5 Friday to defeat the New York Rangers, 3-2, and win the Stanley Cup championship.
Martinez scored on a rebound off the pads of Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist in the game’s 94th minute as the Kings won their second NHL title in the last three years.
“After it went in, I think I blacked out,” Martinez said. “I’m just so happy for these guys.”
Marian Gaborik scored a third-period power-play goal to tie, 2-2, and Jonathan Quick made 28 saves to the lead the Kings. Game 5 was the Kings’ 26th playoff game this postseason, matching the NHL record for the longest postseason run.
Conn Smythe Trophy winner Justin Williams scored a first-period goal to give the Kings a 1-0 lead. “We have a team that simply will not be denied,” Williams said.