Kings Advance to the Stanley Cup Finals Vs. Rangers

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Alec Martinez scored at 5:47 of overtime to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 Sunday, June 1st, night to advance to the Stanley Cup finals for the second time in 3 years, reported abcnews.

The Kings beat San Jose, Anaheim, and Chicago, three of the top 7 teams in the NHL’s overall standings this year, to reach the final, according to espn.

Los Angeles improved to 7-0 in elimination games with its third Game 7 win on the road this postseason. Kings will host the New York Rangers in Game 1 on Wednesday night. Martinez’s shot went off Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy and fluttered past goalie Corey Crawford, stunning the sellout crowd at the United Center and leading to a wild on-ice celebration for Los Angeles, according to abcnews.

“I didn’t really see it go in,” Martinez said. “I know it went off a couple bodies. I just tried to get it through and fortunately it went in.”It’s just a trust system in this room as the result of being together for hundreds of games,” Kings captain Dustin Brown said. “Climbing the hill once. Then trying to do it again. We know what to expect and we expect a lot from each other”, reported latimes.

Los Angeles improved to 7-0 in elimination games with its third Game 7 win on the road this postseason. It will host the New York Rangers in Game 1 on Wednesday, June 3, night, according to abctimes.

The Kings became the first team to play 21 games through the first three rounds of the playoffs and make it to the NHL finals. Los Angeles is the only team to play all three of those Game 7’s on the road, reported sportingnews.

“I’ve lost some tough games but nothing like tonight,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said, reported espn.