Playoff Central: Recap how the Stanley Cup Final unfolded

Move over, Lakers. There’s a new championship dynasty in LA.

The Kings captured the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years on Friday, beating the New York Rangers 3-2 in a double-overtime thriller at Staples Center.

For the first time since the Yankees and Dodgers faced off in the 1981 World Series, it was New York vs. Los Angeles for a major sports championship.

LA, the 2012 Stanley Cup champion, endured a brutal seven-game classic against defending champion Chicago to get to the Stanley Cup Final; a series so tight, it needed more than seven games to decide as the Kings knocked out the Blackhawks in OT of the deciding game.

The Rangers, on the other hand, were viewed by most as not having the skill or strength of the Kings. But the Blueshirts had goalie Henrik Lundqvist. The Swede propelled New York into its first Cup Final since 1994 with a 1-0 series-clinching win over Montreal — the only shutout by a goalie in either conference final.

Recap the Stanley Cup Final and look back at all the scores and recaps from all four rounds in our Playoff Central.




New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings

Kings win series 4-1

Game 1: Kings 3, Rangers 2 (OT)

Game 2: Kings 5, Rangers 4 (OT)

Game 3: Kings 3, Rangers 0

Game 4: Rangers 2, Kings 1

Game 5: Kings 3, Rangers 2 (2OT)