Kings reach Stanley Cup finals

  • Last Updated: June 2 2014, 8:36 BST

A goal in overtime from Alec Martinez saw the Los Angeles Kings edge defending champions the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in a thrilling game and claim a place in the Stanley Cup finals.

Alec Martinez clinches victory for the Kings
Alec Martinez clinches victory for the Kings

Martinez's shot took a deflection off defenseman Nick Leddy before nestling in the net to send the Kings through to a title showdown against the New York Rangers.

The Western Conference final between the two teams had come down to this decisive game seven and the crowd were treated to a spectacle which produced five goals in the opening period alone.

Brandon Saad and Jonathan Toews gave Chicago took a two-goal lead which was wiped out by Jeff Carter and Justin Williams, but Patrick Sharp's effort after 17.34 handed the advantage back to the Blackhawks.

The Kings were level again 10.31 into the second period through Tyler Toffoli until Sharp's slapshot put Chicago 4-3 ahead, but Los Angeles refused to buckle and Marian Gaborik's backhand shot in the third sent the game into overtime.

And Martinez proved to be the hero for the Kings, scoring 5:47 into the extra period to spark celebrations among his team-mates.

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