The Los Angeles Kings booked their ticket into the Stanley Cup final with a thrilling 5-4 overtime victory against the Blackhawks Sunday evening in Chicago.
The Kings have fought their way to this point by coming from behind in many of their previous games and that trend continued last in Sunday’s game seven. The Kings came back three times during the game to eventually steal the win in overtime.
Kings defencemen Alec Martinez scored the game winner and goalie Jonathan Quick stopped 37 shots on the night to help secure the win for the Kings.
The home side the Chicago Blackhawks started strong, Brandon Saad and Captain Jonathan Toews both scored goals less than ten minutes into the game. The Kings however responded shortly after with goals courtesy of Jeff Carter and veteran Justin Williams.
Patrick Sharp re-ignited the crowd scoring late to give the Hawks the lead again. This concluded the highest scoring first period in a game seven in a long time. These teams continued trading goals throughout regulation until Kings defencemen Alec Martinez scored his fourth of the playoffs in overtime to eliminate the Chicago Blackhawks on the road.
This was an incredible series and it’s a shame that one of these teams had to lose. There were plenty of weird bounces in game seven that kept changing the momentum of the game. But throughout the series both these teams were fairly evenly matched.
Both these teams left it all out on the ice and fought to the point of exhaustion to try and get the win. All the players that were expected to step up did just that.
Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews both scored goals for the Blackhawks in the final game while Jeff Carter and Justin Williams scored for the Kings. Blackhawks forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane ended their playoff run with a combined 37 points.
Marion Hossa meanwhile was relatively quiet in the Western Conference finals, but still ended the playoffs with 14 points.
In the end, a screen shot was what was needed for the Kings to beat Corey Crawford in overtime.
Crawford stopped 27 shots, including an incredible glove save off a deflection in front of the net, but it wasn’t enough and the Blackhawks were eliminated in front of their own fans.
Justin Williams and Marion Gaborik were instrumental in the Kings victory. Marion Gaborik now has 12 playoff goals to his name and shows no signs of stopping. The Los Angeles Kings are now preparing to meet the New York Rangers in the final.
It will be interesting to see if the New York Rangers extra days of rest will be a factor against this tired King’s roster. Also the goaltending battle between Henrik Lundqvist and Jonathan Quick is a key battle on Wednesday.
It’s certainly going to be a very exciting Stanley Cup final series.
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