A thrilling Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals ended in heartbreak for the New York Rangers, as the Los Angeles Kings clinched hockey's biggest prize Friday night with a 3-2 double overtime victory.
The Blueshirts' loss ended a magical run for New York that saw the Rangers advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for only the fourth time in the last 60 years.
The Kings' Alec Martinez buried a rebound from a Tyler Toffoli shot past the Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist at the 14:43 mark of double overtime to capture the Kings' second Stanley Cup in three seasons.
Los Angeles needed overtime to win all three of their home games in the series. They won Game 1 in the first overtime period and needed double overtime to win Game 2.
The Kings got on the board first in Game 5 on a goal by Justin Williams at the 6:04 mark of the first period.
The Rangers were able to take the lead with two goals late in the second period. Chris Kreider redirected a pass in front of the net past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick to tie the game 1-1 at the 15:37 mark.
Less than four minutes later, Brian Boyle's shorthanded attempt deflected off the stick of Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and beat Quick over his left shoulder to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead with just 29 seconds remaining in the second period.
A controversial tripping call on Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello gave the Kings an opportunity to tie the game midway through the third, and on the ensuing power play ex-Ranger Marian Gaborik put a rebound past Lundqvist to tie the game 2-2 at the 7:56 mark.
The Rangers were given a power play early in overtime but were unable to convert when Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh hit the post with a shot from the edge of the left faceoff circle.
The Kings came within inches of clinching the Cup late in the first overtime period when Toffoli rang a shot off the crossbar. The Kings' Jeff Carter hit another post early in the second overtime on a redirection of a shot from the point.
The Rangers got another chance on the power play in the second overtime but were unable to convert despite generating several good chances.
For the second straight game, the Kings dominated in the shots in the third period, outshooting New York 12-3. They outshot the Rangers 19-15 over the two overtime periods.
Lundqvist made 48 saves for the Rangers in the losing effort, as Quick made 30 saves for the Kings.
The Rangers were trying to win their first Stanley Cup since 1994, which was also the last time they reached the finals.
They previously lost in the finals to Montreal in 1979, and before that to Boston in 1972.