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June 13: Martinez gives Kings second championship

Plus: Bowman retires after ninth Cup title; Devils advance to Final for first time

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor

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June 13: In a fitting end to an overtime-laden Final, LA's Alec Martinez puts one past NY's Henrik Lundqvist in 2OT to win the Stanley Cup

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2014: The Los Angeles Kings end the longest game in their history with the best possible reward.

Defenseman Alec Martinez scores at 14:43 of the second overtime to lift the Kings to a 3-2 win against the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center, giving Los Angeles its second championship in three seasons. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist makes a save on a shot by Tyler Toffoli, but the rebound comes right to Martinez, who puts it into the net and then tosses his gloves and stick into the air in celebration.

It's the second straight series won by an overtime goal from Martinez; his goal in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks gets the Kings into the Final after they play the maximum 21 games in the first three rounds.

"We made it a little hard on ourselves, but all you have to do is win," center Jeff Carter says after the Kings become the first team since the 1980 New York Islanders to clinch the Cup with an overtime win at home. "It doesn't matter how you do it."

Los Angeles forward Justin Williams, who gives the Kings a 1-0 lead 6:04 into the first period, wins the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. He has 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) in 26 games, including seven points in the Final.



1977: Johnny Wilson is hired as coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, replacing Ken Schinkel. Wilson becomes the first man in NHL history to coach four different teams.


1987: Pierre Turgeon (17 years, 269 days) becomes the youngest player taken with the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft when he's selected by the Buffalo Sabres. Turgeon, a center, finishes his NHL career with 515 goals, but he's third all-time among players taken that day at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit: Forward Brendan Shanahan (No. 2, New Jersey Devils) scores 656 and center Joe Sakic (No. 15, Quebec Nordiques) finishes with 625.


1995: The Devils advance to the Cup Final for the first time since joining the NHL as the Kansas City Scouts in 1974 by defeating the visiting Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final. New Jersey scores four consecutive goals after Jim Montgomery scores 4:05 into the first period to put the Flyers ahead 1-0. The Devils limit the Flyers to 16 shots on goal and score four times on 29 shots against Ron Hextall. It's the first trip to the Final for a franchise that begins in Kansas City, then moves to Denver two years later as the Colorado Rockies before relocating to New Jersey in 1982.


1998: The Detroit Red Wings move within one win of their second straight Stanley Cup Final sweep by defeating the Washington Capitals 2-1 in Game 3 at MCI Center. Sergei Fedorov breaks a 1-1 tie when he scores with 4:51 remaining in the third period. Steve Yzerman has an assist on a first-period goal by Tomas Holmstrom; it's his 24th point of the 1998 playoffs, tying a single-season team playoff record.


2002: Shanahan scores twice and the Detroit Red Wings defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 in Game 5 of the Final at Joe Louis Arena to win the Stanley Cup for the third time in six seasons. Tomas Holmstrom and Shanahan score in the second period to give Detroit a 2-0 lead. Carolina's Jeff O'Neill makes it 2-1 late in the period, but the Red Wings limit the Hurricanes to five shots on goal in the third before Shanahan's empty-netter puts the game away. Detroit coach Scotty Bowman puts on a pair of skates and takes a lap with the Cup after becoming the first coach to win it nine times, then announces his retirement.

Video: Memories: High expectations for the 2002 Red Wings


2011: The Boston Bruins score four times in a 4:14 span of the first period and defeat the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 in Game 6 of the Final at TD Garden, evening the best-of-7 series 3-3. Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic, Andrew Ference and Michael Ryder give Boston a 4-0 lead before the midway point of the first period. At age 43, forward Mark Recchi has three assists to become the oldest player to have at least three points in an NHL playoff game, as well as the first player older than 36 to have more than two points in a game in the Final.


2015: Antoine Vermette scores the go-ahead goal two minutes into the third period and the Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Vermette puts the rebound of a shot by Kris Versteeg past Lightning goalie Ben Bishop to break a 1-1 tie. Chicago's Corey Crawford made 31 saves, including 26 in the final two periods, helping Chicago take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.

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