NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 14, 2014

The Los Angeles Kings are the Stanley Cup champions, plus the latest on the Devils and Panthers. 

Los Angeles Kings: 2014 Stanley Cup Champions.

Los Angeles Kings: 2014 Stanley Cup Champions.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Alec Martinez scored in double overtime to lift the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, making the Kings the Stanley Cup champions for the second time in three seasons.  Kings forward Justin Williams was voted the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to the Kings on crowning their remarkable playoff run with a championship. No other NHL team has won three consecutive Game 7s in the playoff year to go on and win the Cup. They were also only the fourth team in NHL playoff history to win a series after overcoming a 3-0 series deficit. An incredible achievement for a club which could be the closest thing to a dynasty we’ll see in today’s NHL salary cap world. 

NEW YORK POST: Mike Vaccaro reports the Rangers are finding it hard to accept the end to their own memorable playoff run, while Larry Brooks believes Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was heroic in defeat.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While history will record this series lasted only five games, it was far more closely contested. Three of the five games went to overtime, and two of those to double overtime. In all but one game, the Rangers opened the scoring. In the opening two games, the Kings never held a lead in regulation. The Blueshirts gave up 40-or-more goals in four of those five games, yet Lundqvist was stellar between the pipes.  Even the Kings will admit those overtime games could have gone either way. This Cup Final was among the most entertaining in playoff history.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: Adam Larsson’s agent denies rumors his client will sign in Sweden next season, claiming his intent is to re-sign with the New Jersey Devils.

NBC SPORTS: The Florida Panthers have whittled their list of coach candidates down to five. No word yet as to who is on that list.

1 Comment

  1. Lyle, quick request. Can you put together a bullet-point list of all the records and milestones the Kings broke as a team in the playoffs. I was trying to keep my own mental list but there are too many. Here’s the ones that I know if off the top of my head:
    – First team to play all 21 games int he first round and with the 21st game
    – First team to win 3 game 7s (restating the above)
    – First team to win 3 game 7s on the road
    – Fourth team to come back from a 0-3 deficit and win the series.
    – I believe they tied the most games played in a playoff season
    – I’d be curious to know if the Kings played the most minutes in a playoff series
    – First team to have never lead in the first two games of the Stanley Cup finals and win both games

    I’m sure there are more.