Well, for a five game series, this was a pretty great Stanley Cup. We got four great games, three of which went into overtime, and two of those went into double overtime. This includes Game 5, the final game of the series, which was truly tremendous. In the end, Alec Martinez put a rebound into the net, and the Los Angeles Kings got the victory over the New York Rangers. They have now won two Stanley Cups in three years. That's quite the run.
This was quite the team, too. The Kings were good during the regular season, and then added Marian Gaborik, who scored 14 goals in these playoffs. However, Los Angeles made it hard on themselves. Their first three series all went to seven games, and in the first round they came back from being down three games to none to the Sharks. The Kings came so close to elimination so many times, but they didn't get eliminated. Anze Kopitar and company pulled it off again.
Jonathan Quick played well enough in the playoffs, and he was great in this series. Justin Williams won the Conn Smythe. Drew Doughty was strong on defense. This was a deep, talented team with a top notch coach. They could even win another one. It'll be tough, of course, but hey, they've already got two.
The Rangers had a fine season as well. They lost in five games in the Stanley Cup Final, but they got here, largely because of Henrik Lundqvist, who was great in Game 5, even in the loss. Obviously, they shall be disappointed for not winning it all, but they went out swinging.
The 2013-2014 NHL season is over. It was a great year. Congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings. They've hoisted the Cup once more.