Overtime and a crazy wrist shot by defenseman Alec Martinez through traffic and past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford put the Kings in the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in three years. His goal 5 minutes 47 seconds into overtime dethroned the reigning Stanley Cup champions as the Kings beat the Blackhawks, 5-4, on Sunday night.
“I didn’t know it went in until I saw Stolly going bananas there. He was getting pretty excited,” Martinez said. “That’s when I just started celebrating, too.”
Setting up the game-winner was none other than Justin Williams, who only added to the weight of his Game 7 legend with the assist, plus an earlier goal. The Martinez wrist shot bounced off the upper body of Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy.
There will be little recovery time for the Kings. They will meet the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final, starting Wednesday at Staples Center.