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Five reasons why the Rangers lost the Cup Final

Saturday, 06.14.2014 / 1:17 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

A New York Rangers team that captured the Big Apple's imagination lost the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Final to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 5 on Friday. Alec Martinez's goal in double overtime gave the win to the Kings, who relied on strong two-way play and a wealth of playoff experience to hoist the Cup for the second time in three seasons.

On paper, the 4-1 series loss was humbling for the Rangers, who were able to compete at opportune times and probably deserved a better fate than to go out in five games. Here are five reasons the Rangers were unable to bring the Stanley Cup back to New York for the first time in 20 years:


Kings forward Williams wins Conn Smythe Trophy

Saturday, 06.14.2014 / 4:09 AM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Justin Williams might never be called a legend like some of his favorite players were when he was growing up, but what the Los Angeles Kings forward has accomplished in his hockey career is nothing short of legendary.

Williams is a three-time Stanley Cup champion and a Conn Smythe Trophy winner.

"There is no one that is better than him," Kings president Luc Robitaille said.


Gaborik's tying goal set stage for Kings' win

Saturday, 06.14.2014 / 4:04 AM / Winning Ingredients

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LOS ANGELES -- Things looked bleak for the Los Angeles Kings in the third period Friday, just as they did so many times earlier in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

They were behind 2-1 to the New York Rangers entering the final period in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, meaning they were 20 minutes away from facing another coast-to-coast flight to New York and looking down the barrel of a second straight missed opportunity to win the Cup for the second time in three seasons.

But the Kings never panicked. They were in far more desperate straits before in this year's playoffs. Trailing by a goal with 20 minutes remaining? No problem.


Kings' road to second Cup much harder than 2012

Saturday, 06.14.2014 / 3:46 AM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Two years ago, when Dustin Brown became the first member of the Los Angeles Kings to lift the Stanley Cup, it capped one of the most improbable championship marches in NHL history.

There were questions in the aftermath, like, "How did they do this?" and, "Where did this come from?" The Kings, the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, rampaged to the Cup, winning the first three games of every series and losing four times in 20 games.

When Brown lifted the Cup above his head Friday at Staples Center for the second time in three seasons, it was the punctuation of an even more remarkable postseason journey.

"This is the most challenging year we've had," Brown said. "The way we played in the playoffs. We made history the first time one way and we made it another way. This is hard to put into words really."

Regehr honored by place in Kings' Cup handoff

Saturday, 06.14.2014 / 3:43 AM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Robyn Regehr had an inkling he would be in line for the magical moment. The Los Angeles Kings defenseman heard some chatter beforehand, but when it actually happened, it was beyond what he envisioned.

After captain Dustin Brown took the traditional first lap with the Stanley Cup following a 3-2, championship-clinching, Game 5 win against the New York Rangers in double overtime Friday at Staples Center, he handed it to Regehr, a 15-year NHL veteran who recovered from a knee injury and sat out the last three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.


Rangers heartbroken after Stanley Cup dream ends

Saturday, 06.14.2014 / 3:37 AM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

LOS ANGELES -- The coping started with heartbreak and blank stares.

Dan Girardi and Carl Hagelin, still wearing their white New York Rangers jerseys and all of their pads, sat in front of their dressing room stalls staring ahead, looking blankly across the room. Derek Stepan sat alone in the corner, his arms crossed, head down. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist, his jersey off but pads on, buried his head in his sweaty palms. Ryan McDonagh was shaking as he answered questions.

Literally shaking.

The scene looked like something out of a nightmare for the Rangers. It felt like one too, one caused when Alec Martinez and the Los Angeles Kings cut their dream short with a 3-2 double-overtime, Stanley Cup-clinching victory in Game 5 of Final on Friday at Staples Center.


Kings complete longest-ever trip to Stanley Cup title

Saturday, 06.14.2014 / 3:18 AM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

The Los Angeles Kings completed the longest journey to the Stanley Cup in NHL history when they beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in Game 5 of the Final on Friday.

The game was the Kings' 26th in the playoffs, the most ever by a championship team. The 1987 Philadelphia Flyers and 2004 Calgary Flames also played 26 games in one playoff season, but each lost a seven-game Final. The 2006 Carolina Hurricanes and 2011 Boston Bruins had shared the mark of 25 games played by a Cup winner.


Kings' Martinez again plays hero, scores Cup-winner

Saturday, 06.14.2014 / 3:11 AM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- When Alec Martinez gets a moment to see a replay sometime in the next few days, maybe it will refresh his memory. The details tend get a little fuzzy because of emotion, even for someone who scored his second straight Stanley Cup Playoff series-winning goal.

Martinez didn't quite know how to react after he etched his name in Los Angeles Kings history with the Cup-clinching goal against the New York Rangers in a 3-2 double-overtime win Friday at Staples Center.

He jumped, threw his gloves and stick, and excitedly waved his hands before the rest of the Kings mobbed him against the end boards.

"I blacked out," Martinez said after Game 5. "I don't really remember. I think I threw my gear. I don't know. I just remember everyone coming at me and I couldn't breathe."


Lewis: Feeling great after winning 2nd Cup

Saturday, 06.14.2014 / 2:17 AM / Player's Blog with the Kings' Trevor Lewis

Trevor Lewis - Special to

Los Angeles Kings forward Trevor Lewis blogged for throughout the Stanley Cup Final, offering his insight on what was happening inside the walls of his team's locker room and within the confines of the rink.

LOS ANGELES -- This is such a great feeling right now. It is just awesome.

This game was another crazy battle out there. The Rangers played really good. They kept it tight on us. We had our chances and we finally got one to go there in double overtime.

Henrik Lundqvist was great for them, and he's such a great goalie, but our guy, Jonathan Quick, is great too. He was unbelievable for us tonight.


Intense Sutter again guiding hand in Kings' Cup run

Saturday, 06.14.2014 / 2:03 AM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell sported a wide grin before offering two words when asked earlier this week what separates coach Darryl Sutter from other coaches.

"Intense dude," he said, shaking his head for emphasis.

"He wants everyone to get the proper focus; that's the biggest thing," Mitchell added. "You're always prepared. He's a master motivator, knows when to push the buttons and how to push the buttons. Sometimes you don't like it, but look at his track record … it works."

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