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LA Kings embark on Stanley Cup dynasty

LA Kings take second Stanley Cup
LA Kings take second Stanley Cup
Jae C. Hong

In 2012 the Los Angeles Kings captured their first ever Stanley Cup against the New Jersey Devils, now in 2014 they've won another Cup over the New York Rangers in a thrilling double overtime victory.

Alec Martinez once again became the overtime hero, when he slapped the puck off a rebounds from goalie Henric Lundqvist pads for the game winning goal. The Kings began looking winded after the first overtime, which raised some concerned. But determined, poised and focused in on the goal at hand is what carried the Kings to victory.

Martinez scored with 14:43 left in the second overtime, in front of a Staples Center crowd that erupted in joy and exhaled at the same time.

"After it went in, I think I blacked out," Martinez said. "I'm just so happy for these guys."

After a quick score by Justin Williams in the first period for the 1-0 Kings lead, the Rangers fired back twice in the second period and stunned a Kings crowd during the second intermission with a 2-1 lead.

After Martin Gaborik's tying goal in the third period tied the game, it wouldn't be a true Hollywood ending for this Kings season, if it didn't include a cliffhanger of an ending in Game 5.

Jonathan Quick made some outstanding saves, some that even defied the laws of gravity and physics, and ended the game with 28 saves.

"We'd play for beer, and you'd get the same effort, " said Quick. "We just hate to lose."

In their 47 year existence, the Kings have become a hockey dynasty in a city that is consumed by basketball and baseball. Two titles in three years is a remarkable accomplishment.

"Every Cup is special. What we went through in 2012 versus what we went through this year, huge difference, and we really earned it," said Justin Williams.

This team has played a total of 26 playoff games, made it to the Western Conference finals last season, after winning their first title. Are we ready to call this team a dynasty truly?

"I don't know if we're part of a dynasty yet, but hopefully we're on our way to that," Drew Doughty said. "I believe this group could be at that point, but it's going to take a lot of work."

The Kings celebrated as Lundqvist picked himself up off the ice, still stunned about the loss. He finished with 48 saves in the loss for the Eastern Conference champs.

Kings head coach Darryl Sutter presented a short grin as he raised the Stanley Cup trophy high above his head. Even along his son Chris to take part in the celebration.

Both Doughty and Jeff Carter had a magnificent season by raising the Stanley Cup and winning Olympic Gold Medals in the same year.

This Kings faced more adversity this season, being down 0-3 against the San Jose Sharks, then taking another series against the Anaheim Ducks in Southern California's first ever Freeway Faceoff playoff series. Before finally overcoming a mental hurdle in defeating the Chicago Blackhawks in an overtime nerve racking (for fans) Game 7 road win.

Los Angeles has had a season to remember for ages to come, but no question this team is build for greatness, and can compete for years to come.

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