Martinez Scores in Double Overtime: Kings Capture Cup
Mike Jafari Reporting
LOS ANGELES, CA (WGR 550) -- The Los Angeles Kings won their second Stanley Cup in three seasons with a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers in Game five Friday night.
Alec Martinez was the hero in game five when he beat Henrik Lundqvist off a rebound in the second overtime. Chris Kreider and Brian Boyle were the Ranger scorers, while Marian Gaborik and Justin Williams were the other Kings who lit the lamp.
Williams was also the recipient of the Conn Smythe trophy as he put together an MVP performance with 9 goals and 25 points in 26 playoff games. Some notable Sabre ties to the Stanley Cup champions are former defensman Robyn Regehr and forward Jordan Nolan, who is the son of Head Coach Ted Nolan.
The Kings were the first team in NHL history to win three game sevens on the road defeating the San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks on their way to the Stanley Cup.
Now that the NHL season is officially over, the next event will be the NHL Entry Draft June 27th-28th. The Buffalo Sabres hold the second overall pick. Stay tuned to WGR 550 for the latest leading up draft day.
Martinez Scores in Double Overtime: Kings Capture Cup
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NOLAN WINS CUP!!! BUT NEVER AT WALMART!!!
KINGS REPRESENT EVERYTHING A "PRO SPORTS FRANCHISE" SHOULD BE!!! WALMART = "THEEEEEEE BIGGEST NICKLE AND DIME LOoSER FRANCHISE IN ALL OF PRO SPORTS!!!" WHO'S ELITE? WHERE'S ELITE? I AM ELITE! SAY MY NAME! ALL IS SAFE ON THEGOLF COURSE!!! FORRRRRRRRRRRREVER FORESOME !!! WHAT DYNASTY???
Fantastic playoffs this year.
The Kings were exceptional, but the other rounds by and large were great as well. A terrific year of hockey!!! Now to the thrill of the Entry Draft, then having to endure the long hot summer until training camp in September. It can't come too soon.
Rangers LOSE series as Howard and Jeremy weep. WAH, WAH, WAH, WAH, WAHHHHHHH!!!!
Hey Jafari, You are WRONG. The next event is buying out Leino. Get with it!
Sabres will never come close to winning Cup
So now we know who the best team in the NHL is this season with the LA Kings. We also know who the worst team was in the NHL this year with the Buffalo Sabres. 45 years with the Sabres and only 2 Stanley Cup Finals appearances and not one Stanley Cup for the team. Doesn't that just say it all right there? I think so. You fans can argue about this and that but at the end of the day the Sabres organization has been about as bad as it can get for it's entire 45 year existence. The Sabres clearly are not even close to even being a playoff team yet here you all are all excited about draft picks. Edmonton Oilers once were excited about draft pucks until they realized it doesn't mean you get better. The point is no good players want to come to the Sabres organization. They know it's a career killer. Plus who would ever want to come to Buffalo, NY in the first place. So as I've said for over 15 years now, the Sabres not only will never win a Stanley Cup but they will never even come close to it. If you disagree just take a look at the last 45 years and I rest my case!
If Gergensons develops into a Dustin Brown, I will take that. Now we need our Kopitar,Quick,Doughty...cr a p! we need a lot to be good.
Justice Served, but wondering...
The best team won, from the best conference, though a gritty effort by the Rangers... just wondering if Alec Martinez is related to the local Martinez family of Pedro and son Ron, who used to run the "pro" wrestling biz at the Peace Bridge Exhibition Centre a few decades ago, with such great athletes as Abdullah the Butcher and Crusher Verdoo, Waldo Von Erich and Hans Schmidt (lived in Ridgeway, and boy was his daughter well built), Pampero Firpo and of course the one and only Sheik (the wrestler not the condom) with his oily little manager "the Weasel" and the great tag teams like the Fargoes and the Kangaroos from Oz naturally and the wily Japanese Stars named Yoshino Sato and Mitsu Arykawa, and also the token good guys I'd mention if they hadn't been so boring, and the hapless ones who lost to everybody else in short order, such as the memorably ineffective George Jay and Tommy Ar (the spelling might be wrong but nobody cares) -- any one of whom, I might mention, could have cracked the roster last year of the Sabres or Bills -- but anyway, I was just wondering. Thanks.
Re: Justice served
Yes those were good memories back then. Johnny Powers, Beautiful Bruce Swayze, Dominic Denucci, and Doctor X. Just a few more of the wrestlers.
Yes, my friend. I remember blond Johnny Powers (no relation to Austin), and Denucci still does a radio ad for pizza, what else. Tiger Jeet Singh late in his career became a hated "bad guy" and was a huge draw in Japan of all places; he developed a real estate empire in the north of Toronto, a very sharp man. I'd say they were the greatest athletes ever, except for most of the rest... and that hour wrestling show out of the exhibition center, I believe on WGR-TV Saturday afternoons, was easily the best comedy I've ever seen, though my best guess is it wasn't intended as such. Still wish I had a DVD of the hi-lites (or low-lites).
Re: Sabres will never come close to winning Cup
I agree about all except the part about Buffalo itself. There's nothing wrong with the city that cannot be fixed. The Sabres? Uhh...no. They have a bad coach, meh GM and sad players. Disaster coming for years and a whopping six division titles. What tradition is the owner referring to?
Re: Re: Re... don't forget "THE WILD BULL OF THE PAMPAS"!!!
Panpero Firpo!!! Yes Saturday comedy on WGR-TV!! Now we have only have THIS SICKLY COMEDY KNOWN AS "WALMART-THEEE BIGGEST NICKLE AND DIME LOoSER FRANCHISE IN ALL OF PRO SPORTS!!!" ENJOY YET ANOTHER SEASON OF "SUFFERING"!! COMING SOON!!! Just WHERE'S ELITE ANYWAY?? WHO'S ELITE? HOW'S ELITE? FORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREVER FORE!!! FOREEM REGERIEUM !!! ELITE MY AZZ!! SAY MY NAME.
And there was the time...
On that Sat-aft 'GR wrestling broadcast from the Peace Bridge Exhibition Center, in some corny ceremony, one of the good-guy wrestlers (might have been Bruno Samartino) was presented with a watch by some sweet kid, only to have one of the bad-guy wrestlers (Waldo von Erich) suddenly dash in and grab the watch and stomp it into the concrete floor! Well that wasn't nice, so a near-riot ensued, just a notch below a real-riot, the spontaneous one they regularly scripted into the show, and I believe Bruno took his revenge on Waldo in the ring, till the next time of course... and remember tall Ernie Ladd strutting around the ring with his crown on, his NFL career a fading dream, his bad-guy wrestling career sabotaged by his poor acting skills... but the absolute funniest moment came when huge Abdullah the Butcher in that familiar move hustled backwards to the ropes to get that extra spring out to the middle of the ring, where the chronically hapless George Jay waited on his back for his usual crushing finale, only to be as stunned as everyone else when Abdullah abruptly disappeared over the side of the ring, with the top rope snapped in half (too coincidental, he must have been set up), the big guy plunging to the floor with his feet in the air, all 400 lbs of him. I specifically remember the kids in the front seats leaping up in surprise and laughing their guts out over the utterly embarrassed Abdullah, who scrambled back into the ring, fell onto Georgie boy (who'd been lying there, waiting in bewilderment) for the pin and the win, then scurried from the scene, still blushing and probably plotting revenge -- even that classic play-by-play duo of slick little Jack Reynolds and smirking Ron Martinez went silent for a couple minutes, no doubt overcome with the hilarity of what they'd just witnessed, unable to speak (like the rest of us)... ah yes, those were the true glory days of sport, though it helped if your standards were low.
And one more thing:
Those glory days of wrestling still beat anything the Bills and Sabres have given us since. The sheer brainless athleticism, the "strength and science" as the wrestling promos shamelessly called it, the bold rejection of sportsmanship and dignity... you just can't top that.