A modern-day NHL dynasty was born on Friday the 13th with a full moon lighting up the sky over the Staples Center.
Was there any doubt this Los Angeles Kings club would be crowned Stanley Cup champions for the second time in three years to go with a visit to the West final last year, the way they got it done in this playoff run?
Sure, it seemed easier for the Kings two years ago. This edition showed more of a flare for the dramatic. "Drama Kings," as Hockey Night in Canada's eloquent play-by-play man Jim Hughson aptly tabbed them.
They needed a comeback from a 3-0 deficit against the San Jose Sharks in the first round. They needed seven-game victories after leading the Anaheim Ducks 2-0 and the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 in the second round and West final, respectively. They won seven times in elimination games.
Even in the five-game final against the New York Rangers, they won three times at home in overtime -- twice in double OT -- including the clincher on Friday. They overcame two-goal deficits in the first two games to win in overtime. They battled back from a 2-1 disadvantage in the third period to win the series in overtime in Game 5.
The game-winner came off the stick of Alec Martinez, also the overtime hero in Game 7 of the West final. The Kings defenceman knocked in a rebound off a Tyler Toffoli shot at the 14:43 mark of the second extra period.
It was the first time a team won the Stanley Cup-clinching game in overtime at home since Bob Nystrom scored in extra time in 1980 to give the New York Islanders the first of their four championships in a row.
All of sudden, the celebration was on. There was Kings captain Dustin Brown receiving the 35-pound Lord Stanley's mug from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Brown passed the prized trophy to veteran defenceman Robyn Regehr, who missed out a decade ago with the Calgary Flames in a Game 7.
Regehr relayed the Stanley Cup to Marian Gaborik, to Anze Kopitar, to Matt Greene, to Jarret Stoll, to Justin Williams -- the Conn Smythe Trophy winner -- to Willie Mitchell, to Mike Richards, to Jeff Carter, to Jonathan Quick, to Drew Doughty, to Trevor Lewis, to Kyle Clifford, to Martinez, to Slava Voynov, to Dwight King, to Jordan Nolan, to Jake Muzzin, to Toffoli, to Martin Jones, to Tanner Pearson, to Colin Frase,r to Jeff Schultz, and on it went to the black aces and finally to head coach Darryl Sutter and general manager Dean Lombardi, the assistant coaches, the owner and the training staff.
"You win it for all your teammates, but you win for all the people who have been cheering for you all your life," Williams said.
It was quite a celebration for the Kings, with all their family members on the ice to share in the experience. But maybe the most unique moment came when Hockey Night in Canada cameras caught Toffoli talking on a mobile phone to someone back home in Scarborough, Ont., which turned out to be his father, Rob.
"Dad! Dad! Woooooo!" Toffoli screamed into the phone.
There are so many stories to celebrate on the Kings. Mitchell overcame a concussion to win two years ago and a near career-ending knee injury a year ago to win this time around.
"I missed out on catching some fish back home, but I got the fish I wanted," the 37-year-old Mitchell told Hockey Night's Elliotte Friedman.
This is a team built to win in the playoffs, with its speed and size and physicality and depth and wonderful goaltending and leader in Sutter, who gets the most out of his roster because of his preparation and sage words.
The Kings still have youth on their side. It will be intriguing to see if there is fuel left in the tank next season for the Kings after the last three years and 64 post-season games.
But the 55-year-old Sutter will be back. He remarked afterwards that he's already outlining his plans for training camp in the fall.
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