Top stats to know: Kings win Stanley Cup


The Los Angeles Kings concluded another amazing postseason run to win the Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons, beating the New York Rangers in double overtime on Friday night.

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The Kings have won two Stanley Cups in their history, both on home ice. They’re the first team to win two Cups in a three-season span since the 1997 and 1998 Detroit Red Wings.

They are the fourth team to win at least three Cup Final games in overtime in a season, the first since the 1993 Montreal Canadiens beat the Kings.

This was the third Stanley Cup win for a Southern California team, with all three coming in the past eight seasons (the other was by the 2007 Anaheim Ducks).

Justin Williams was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Award as Most Valuable Player in the playoffs. His seven points were the most for any player in the Cup final.

Jonathan Quick backstopped all 16 wins for the Kings, the second time in three postseasons that he has done that.

The game-winning goal

Alec Martinez scored the game-winning goal on a rebound in the second overtime.

Martinez became the first player in NHL history to score a game-winning overtime goal both in the game that put his team into the Stanley Cup final and in a Stanley Cup final game in the same postseason.

It’s the first time a Cup-winning goal was scored in overtime since 2010 (Patrick Kane for the Chicago Blackhawks against the Philadelphia Flyers) and the first to come at home since Bob Nystrom tallied for the New York Islanders against the Flyers in 1980.

Martinez has six career postseason goals. Four of them have been game winners.

The overachieving Kings

The Kings finished the regular season tied for the ninth-best record in the NHL. Two seasons ago, when they won the Cup, they finished with the 13th-best record in the league.

The Kings averaged 3.38 goals per game this postseason, the highest of any team. They averaged 2.4 goals per game during the regular season, which ranked 26th in the league.

The Kings led for just 69:34 of a possible 369:45 (19 percent) of the series and failed to hold a lead in regulation in three of the games, winning two of those in overtime. The Rangers led for 111:04 (30 percent) of the series.

A long journey comes to an end

This was the 93rd game of the postseason, the most played in any postseason in NHL history. The Kings played in 26 of them, tied for most all time with the 1987 Flyers and 2004 Calgary Flames.