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