The Kings won the finals 4-1 with their 3-2 win at home on Friday. The Kings tied the score in regulation with just 12 minutes left in the third period on Marian Gaborik’s power play goal.
The Kings had rallied from a deficit once again before ending the Ranger’s season during the longest game in the history of the franchise.
Goalie Jonathan Quick stopped 28 Rangers shots and Justin Williams the Conn Smythe Trophy winner scored early.
Following numerous chances late by both teams during the two extra periods, Martinez was able to put home a rebound off a shot by Tyler Toffoli.
Martinez has become somewhat of a late-game legend during the playoffs as he also scored during overtime during Game 7 to win the Western Conference Finals over the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Rangers received their scoring from a power play goal by Chris Kreider and a short-handed goal by Brian Boyle near the end of the second period.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 48 Kings’ shots for the Rangers, but New York was one goal short in the game as they have been in the finals against the Kings.
Martinez began the final rush with a nice pass to line mate Kyle Clifford, who made a drop pass to Toffoli who shot. Toffoli’s rebound went to Martinez and the defenseman scored his fifth goal of the playoffs.
The rebound, said Martinez came right back to him and he was able to beat Lundqvist. The Rangers said Martinez are a great team and everyone knew the series would be tough.
The Kings celebrated near the Rangers nets following the win, while Darryl Sutter the coach walked nonchalantly onto the ice, showing little emotion.
The Kings had to work hard to earn this season’s Stanley Cup with great difficulty in each series they played.
The game on Friday was the 26th the Kings played in the postseason matching a record in the NHL for the longest run in the postseason.