Congratulations are in order as the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup on Saturday night. Not only was it a great series between the Kings and Rangers but the final game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs ended in dramatic fashion. LA’s Alec Martinez scored the game winning goal in double overtime to end one of the most exciting games that a hockey fan could watch. The score was a 3-2 final and Los Angeles had won its second Stanley Cup in three seasons.
After the traditional handshake between the two teams, it was time to give out the “hardware.” First, the Conn Smythe trophy for playoff MVP was given to LA’s Justin Williams. Williams posted 25 points throughout the playoffs consisting of nine goals along with 16 assists. He also set a record for most Game 7 points with 14 in seven career Game 7’s. Williams is now a three time Stanley Cup Champion and a Conn Smythe winner. After the MVP award was given, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, presented the Stanley Cup, hockey players’ ultimate goal, to Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown. Brown hoisted the Cup above his head and the celebration began.
With celebration of a team winning the Cup also comes a sad feeling for hockey fans as they won’t see another NHL game until Fall. Another chapter in hockey history has been completed and a new one will begin soon enough. Until then, look out for news about the NHL Draft on June 27 and 28 plus the beginning of Free Agency on July 1.