Stanley Cup Playoffs
LOS ANGELES | Alec Martinez scored 14:43 into the second overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years with a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 5 on Friday night.
Kings right wing Dustin Brown, right, reacts with center Anze Kopitar after scoring in the second period of Wednesday's 2-1 loss in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. Los Angeles can clinch the title with a win tonight.
LOS ANGELES | The Los Angeles Kings already know there's no place like home ice for a coronation.
NEW YORK | The gravity of the situation was etched on the face of New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault. One more loss tonight and his squad gets the distinction of being swept in the Stanley Cup finals.
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist leaves the ice after participating in an optional practice for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The Kings' Dustin Brown, second from left, celebrates his game-winning goal with teammates as Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh skates at left in the second overtime period in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday in Los Angeles.
Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane, left, celebrates his tie-breaking goal with center Andrew Shaw against the Kings during the third period of Game 6 of the Western Conference finals. Game 7 is tonight in Chicago.
Blackhawks center Michal Handzus, left, celebrates a game-winning goal with right wing Patrick Kane and defenseman Nick Leddy, right, as Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov, second from right, skates off during the second overtime period in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals Wedne…
LOS ANGELES | Corey Crawford and Jonathan Quick both realize that even a Stanley Cup ring doesn't protect a goalie from criticism after a bad game.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. | Although Chicago and Los Angeles have won the last two Stanley Cup titles, Matt Greene and his fellow Kings realize the Blackhawks have been superior whenever the two championship teams were on the ice together recently.
CHICAGO | Even a stingy goalie like the Blackhawks’ Corey Crawford can have his letdowns.
CHICAGO | The Blackhawks are not looking past anyone as the puck drops for the Western Conference finals today.
CHICAGO | While Los Angeles and Anaheim settle their second-round series with a Game 7 showdown, the Blackhawks are resting and looking for ways they can play even better in the Western Conference final.
ST. PAUL, Minn | Patrick Kane scored on a backhand at 9:40 of overtime to lift the Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild in Game 6 to clinch their second-round Western Conference series on Tuesday night.
The regular season wasn't much of a struggle for the Boston Bruins, and neither was their first-round playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings.
The Bruins' Loui Eriksson, second from right, celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.
CHICAGO |When all else fails, let Patrick Kane win it for you.
Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward misses a shot between the legs of Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford in the first period Friday.
CHICAGO | Patrick Kane reveled in being a Sports Illustrated cover boy this week.
CHICAGO | The last time the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup, the team was dismantled during the offseason and a frustrating title defense ended in the first round of the playoffs.
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