After becoming the first team to reach the
The long and winding road to the Kings' second Stanley Cup championship in three seasons:
GAME 1: April 17
at San Jose 6, Kings 3
GAME 2: April 20
at San Jose 7, Kings 2
The Kings jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first period before giving up seven straight goals. Quick once again struggled but Coach
GAME 3: April 22
at San Jose 4, Kings 3 (OT)
Three stars: Patrick Marleau, Sharks, 1 goal, 1 assist;
GAME 4: April 24
at Kings 6, San Jose 3
Three stars: Justin Williams, Kings, 2 goals; Marian Gaborik, Kings, 2 goals;
GAME 5: April 26
Kings 3, at San Jose 0
Quick made 30 saves to help the Kings stave off elimination for the second time in the series. The shutout was Quick's first in a playoff since last year's second-round series against the Sharks, and it came in San Jose, where the Kings had not won a playoff game since 2011. Tyler Toffoli,
Three stars: Jonathan Quick, Kings, 30 saves; Drew Doughty, Kings, 1 assist; Jeff Carter, Kings, 1 goal
GAME 6: April 28
at Kings 4, San Jose 1
Williams scored his second goal of the night and Kopitar added two as the Kings rode a three-goal third period to victory and forced a Game 7 in San Jose. By doing so, the Kings became the ninth team in NHL history to force a Game 7 after being down 3-0 in a series.
Three stars: Justin Williams, Kings, 2 goals, 1 assist; Anze Kopitar, Kings, 2 goals, 1 assist; Jonathan Quick, Kings, 26 saves
GAME 7: April 30
Kings 5, at San Jose 1
The Kings fell behind when the Sharks'
Three stars: Anze Kopitar, Kings, 1 goal, 1 assist; Jonathan Quick, Kings, 40 saves; Drew Doughty, Kings, 1 goal
GAME 1: May 3
Kings 3, at Ducks 2 (OT)
Gaborik scored with seven seconds left in the third period to tie the score and again 12 minutes into overtime to give the Kings the Game 1 victory. Gaborik became the first player in playoff history to score in the last 10 seconds of regulation and then score the game-winner in overtime. Alec Martinez scored the Kings' first goal at 9:04 of the first period.
Three stars: Marian Gaborik, Kings, 2 goals, 1 assist;
GAME 2: May 5
Kings 3, at Ducks 1
Quick had 36 saves to lead the Kings to a Game 2 victory against the Ducks. Gaborik scored 34 seconds into the game to give the Kings the lead but the Ducks'
Three stars: Jonathan Quick, Kings, 37 saves; Alec Martinez, Kings, 1 goal; Patrick Maroon, Ducks, 1 goal
GAME 3: May 8
Ducks 3, at Kings 2
The Ducks took the lead with a Corey Perry goal 4:06 into the first period and never relinquished it. Carter tied the score 4 minutes and 59 seconds into the second period but Teemu Selanne put the Ducks back on top before the end of the period.
Three stars: Teemu Selanne, Ducks, 1 goal; Jeff Carter, Kings, 1 goal, 1 assist;
GAME 4: May 10
Ducks 2, at Kings 0
Twenty-year-old rookie goaltender John Gibson made his NHL playoff debut for the Ducks. He made 28 saves in his shutout performance which lifted the Ducks past the Kings to tie the series, 2-2. Two first-period goals were enough to earn the Ducks a Game 4 victory.
Three stars: John Gibson, Ducks, 28 saves; Corey Perry, Ducks, 2 assists;
GAME 5: May 12
at Ducks 4, Kings 3
Smith-Pelly's two goals in the second period helped stave off a Kings comeback to give the Ducks the victory in Game 5 and the series lead. Gaborik scored two goals, one at 18:42 in the second period and one at 14:12 in the third period, which brought the Kings within 4-3 with six minutes to go. But the Ducks defense, led by Gibson's 39 saves, held strong to secure the win.
Three stars: Devante Smith-Pelly, Ducks, 2 goals; Marian Gaborik, Kings, 2 goals; John Gibson, Ducks, 42 saves
GAME 6: May 14
at Kings 2, Ducks 1
Quick had 21 saves and goals by Muzzin and Trevor Lewis gave the Kings just enough to squeeze past the Ducks and force a Game 7 in Anaheim. Muzzin scored 8 minutes and 16 seconds into the first period and Lewis doubled that in the second period. The Ducks'
Three stars: Anze Kopitar, Kings, 1 assist;
GAME 7: May 16
Kings 6, at Ducks 2
Quick had 25 saves and six different Kings got on the scoreboard as the team routed the Ducks to advance to the conference finals for the third year in a row, where they would face the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago eliminated them last year in the conference finals. After giving up four goals on 18 shots, Gibson was replaced by veteran
Three stars: Mike Richards, Kings, 1 goal, 1 assist; Jonathan Quick, Kings, 25 saves; Justin Williams, Kings, 1 goal, 1 assist
GAME 1: May 18
at Chicago 3, Kings 1
Three stars: Brandon Saad, Blackhawks, 1 goal, 1 assist;
GAME 2: May 21
Kings 6, at Chicago 2
The Kings trailed Chicago 2-1 heading into the third period, but the offense came alive with three goals from Carter and one each from Muzzin and Toffoli in the final period to give the Kings a 6-2 win and even the series at one. The victory snapped the Blackhawks' 7-0 home record during this postseason. The Kings also spoiled another statistic for Chicago — the team had not given up more than four goals in a playoff game this season.
Three stars: Jeff Carter, Kings, 3 goals, 1 assist; Jonathan Quick, Kings, 25 saves;
GAME 3: May 24
at Kings 4, Chicago 3
Carter scored once and added two assists in the Kings' victory that gave them a 2-1 series lead. The Kings trailed twice in the first period, 1-0 and then 2-1, both times after goals by Toews, but took the lead in the second period on a Toffoli goal and did not look back. Toffoli and Pearson extended their four-game point-scoring streaks; Pearson with the assist to Carter and Toffoli with a goal at 14:19 of the second period.
Three stars: Jeff Carter, Kings, 1 goal, 2 assists; Drew Doughty, Kings, 1 goal, 1 assist; Jonathan Toews, Blackhawks, 2 goals
GAME 4: May 26
at Kings 5, Chicago 2
Muzzin, Gaborik and Brown scored in the first period to give the Kings an early 3-0 lead. Doughty continued the scoring fest in the second period before Saad finally pulled one back for Chicago.
Three stars: Anze Kopitar, Kings, 2 assists; Jake Muzzin, Kings, 1 goal, 1 assist; Jarret Stoll, Kings, 18:12 of ice time, won key faceoffs
GAME 5: May 28
at Chicago 5, Kings 4 (2 OT)
Three stars: Brandon Saad, Blackhawks, 1 goal, 2 assists;
GAME 6: May 30
Chicago 4, at Kings 3
Patrick Kane scored at 16:15 of the third period to lift the Blackhawks over the Kings and force a Game 7 at the
Three stars: Patrick Kane, Blackhawks, 2 goals, 1 assist; Drew Doughty, Kings, 1 goal, 1 assist; Duncan Keith, Blackhawks, 1 goal
GAME 7: June 1
Kings 5, at Chicago 4 (OT)
Alec Martinez's wrist shot at 5:47 of overtime bounced off the body of Blackhawks defenseman
Three stars: Alec Martinez, Kings, 1 goal;
STANLEY CUP FINAL
GAME 1: June 4
at Kings 3, Rangers 2 (OT)
The Kings overcame a 2-0 deficit, defeating the Rangers on Justin Williams' goal 4:36 into overtime. The Rangers' two goals came with a 1:43 span in the first period and they were quiet offensively the rest of the game as the Kings pulled even on goals by Drew Doughty and
Three stars: Justin Williams, Kings, 1 goal, 1 assist; Kyle Clifford, Kings, 1 goal, 1 assist;
GAME 2: June 7
at Kings 5, Rangers 4 (2 OT)
The Kings found themselves facing a two-goal first period deficit again, and once again came back to win. "I'm a little drained, but you know that's what it takes to win a game," Anze Kopitar said after the game. "I think every single guy in here is prepared to drain himself pretty good, so it's obviously nice to get the win." The Rangers led, 4-2, after two periods. Only 1:58 into the third,
Three stars: Dustin Brown, Kings, 1 goal; Justin Williams, Kings, 3 assists;
GAME 3: June 9
Kings 3, at Rangers 0
After two tight games, the Kings won a relative laugher. The Kings got a great performance from Jonathan Quick, who made several incredible saves and stopped 32 shots while getting his ninth career playoff shutout and second of these playoffs. "You make one save, then the next one, and then you go from there," Quick said afterward. The key moment came at the end of the first period. Justin Williams found Jeff Carter, who was at the top of the slot, with a perfect pass, and Carter snapped it home with 0.7 seconds remaining in the period. That seemed to let all the air out of the building and all the energy out of the Rangers. Jake Muzzin scored on a power-play goal in the second period and Mike Richards scored later in the period when his pass attempt hit the skate of the Rangers'
Three stars: Jonathan Quick, Kings, 32 saves; Jeff Carter, Kings, 1 goal; Justin Williams, Kings, 1 assist
GAME 4: June 11
at Rangers 2, Kings 1
The Rangers showed they weren't quite done yet as Henrik Lundqvist put on a command performance in goal for New York, stopping 41 shots, including a seemingly unrelenting barrage in the third period. "He played very well for them tonight," Drew Doughty said of Lundqvist. "He came up with some big saves at some big times. We knew that he was going to play like this every game. We need to get more bodies in front of him. We need to bury our rebounds, and pucks are laying behind home, those have to go in too."
Three stars: Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers, 41 saves; Martin St. Louis, Rangers, 1 goal; Tanner Pearson, Kings, 8 shots, 4 hits
GAME 5: June 13
at Kings 3, Rangers 2 (2 OT)
Alec Martinez ended the longest game in Kings history when he gathered the rebound of a Tyler Toffoli shot and slammed it into the net past Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist at 14:43 of the second overtime to give the home team a 3-2 victory and the series-clinching victory. "It came off his pad pretty quick and I just tried to get a stick on it and get it on net," Martinez said afterward. "I blacked out. I don't really remember. I think I threw my gear. I don't know. I just remember everyone coming at me and I couldn't breathe. It's just a surreal moment. I'm just so happy for these guys." Both sides were holding their breath in the overtimes as shots clanged off crossbars and posts before Martinez finally delivered. The Kings mustered 22 shots in the extra sessions, and the Rangers 15. "This one was tough," Kings center Jeff Carter said. "I think we got a real appreciation for what it takes now to win this, a lot of ups and downs. We had to dig deep and we had to really battle." The Kings opened the scoring in the first period when Justin Williams, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the most valuable player in the playoffs, slid a rebound under Lundqvist. He had 25 points in 26 postseason games, including seven points in the final series. New York tied the score on a power play when