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Chicago,  IL  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Alec Martinez scored  the winning goal at 
5:47  of overtime as the Los Angeles Kings punched their ticket to the Stanley 
Cup  Finals  with a 5-4  win against  the Chicago Blackhawks  in Game 7 of the 
Western Conference finals on Sunday night. 

Justin  Williams fought the  puck into the Chicago end down the right wing and 
got it deep before picking it up behind the net. He then sent a pass from left 
corner  boards to  the point for Martinez,  who flicked a shot on net that hit 
off  of  Chicago's Nick Leddy  before floating in  past Corey Crawford for the 
win. 

Los  Angeles  will host the New  York Rangers in  Game 1 on Wednesday when the 
Stanley Cup Finals begin. 

The Kings held a 3-1 lead in this series before dropping the next two games to 
force  the deciding  contest. They  faced a  2-0 hole  early in  this one  but 
rallied  to become  the first team to ever  win three Game 7s on the road in a 
single  playoff campaign. The Kings beat the Sharks in the first round as they 
became the fourth team in NHL history to rally from a 3-0 hole, then won Games 
6 and 7 against the Ducks to win their semifinal round matchup. 

"We faced a lot of adversity in this game," said Los Angeles head coach Darryl 
Sutter.  "We were down early and gave up a lot of power plays. We just kind of 
stuck  with  it. I  said at the  beginning that  this was going  to be a great 
series." 

The  series win is  a bit of revenge for the Kings, as they were downed by the 
Blackhawks in five games in last year's conference finals. 

Los Angeles will be shooting for its second Cup championship in the past three 
years,  as the  team won its first-ever  title in 2012 with a six-game victory 
over the New Jersey Devils. 

The  Kings will take on a New York team that is back in the Cup Finals for the 
first  time since  winning it  all  in 1994.  New York  defeated the  Montreal 
Canadiens in six games in the Eastern Conference finals. 

Williams continues to own Game 7s in his career, as he now has seven goals and 
seven assists in those contests. Posting a goal and an assist in this game, he 
tied  Glenn  Anderson for most  goals in Game 7s,  and passed Doug Gilmour for 
most points. His teams are 7-0 in Game 7s. 

"This  is  three-quarters of the  way, we still have  a big challenge ahead of 
us," said Williams. 

Tyler  Toffoli had a  goal and an assist, while Marian Gaborik and Jeff Carter 
also  scored for the Kings, who got 37 saves from Jonathan Quick, including 18 
in the third period and overtime. 

Patrick  Sharp  scored twice, Brandon  Saad added a  goal and an assist, while 
Jonathan  Toews also scored  for the Blackhawks, who failed in their bid for a 
second straight Cup championship. 

"We  finally have to admit to ourselves that the season is over and it's not a 
good  feeling," said  Toews. "We thought we  fought real hard for this one and 
it's tough, this is going to be a hard one to get over." 

Crawford allowed all five goals on 32 shots in the loss. 

"We  had some looks,  had some chances, but it was one of those goals that was 
just  tough  luck," said Chicago  head coach  Joel Quenneville. "Things were a 
little  more open in this series and we were productive, but we didn't keep it 
out of our net. It's a tough thing to do to win a Cup." 

The Blackhawks jumped  on top just 5:06  into the game as Patrick Kane sent a 
quick pass from behind the left side of the net to the right side where Saad's 
sharp-angle one-timer snuck in past Quick. 

Just  3  1/2 minutes later, it  was a 2-0  game thanks to a Chicago power-play 
goal.  Kane  skated through the  middle and dished the  puck over to the right 
wing for Brent Seabrook, who threw a shot on net that Kane deflected. The puck 
went to the left side and Toews had an open net for his ninth of the playoffs. 

Los  Angeles, though, scored a pair of goals less than a minute apart later in 
the first to tie the game. 

A  turnover  in the Chicago  end went  the other way  and Dustin Brown fired a 
wrister  on  net from the left  wing that Crawford stopped, but Carter whacked 
the  rebound in out of the air. The goal was reviewed to see if Carter's stick 
was  above the crossbar when he made contact, but it was ruled a good goal and 
a 2-1 game with 3:29 to play. 

It  took  51 seconds for the  Kings to get  their next goal, as Slava Voynov's 
shot  from the right point was blocked by a Blackhawk in front of the net, but 
Williams was there to one-time the puck in. 

However,  Chicago took the  lead back 12 seconds later when Sharp threw a shot 
on  net from the right wing that saw the puck bounce in front of Quick and hop 
over his stick for a 3-2 lead. 

The Kings caught another lucky break to tie the game after Matt Greene's right 
point  shot was blocked,  with the puck going to the left and Toffoli having a 
wide  open net  for his seventh of  the playoffs just past the midway point of 
the second. 

Chicago  skated  5-on-3 for 47  seconds later in the  frame, but was unable to 
break the tie. 

However,  they  did score on the  power play a bit  later as a holding call to 
Trevor  Lewis gave  Chicago its fifth advantage of the game, and Sharp's fifth 
of the playoffs gave the team a 4-3 lead. 

Quick  had lost  his stick on a  sequence in front and Chicago worked the puck 
back  to the high  slot. Saad sent it over to his right and Sharp fired a shot 
on  net that nicked off the left arm of Jake Muzzin and found the right corner 
with 1:35 to play in the second. 

The Kings tied the game with 7:17 to play in regulation. Brown threw a shot on 
net  from the  top of the right circle  on the fly that Crawford was unable to 
handle.  Gaborik was  at the  right side  to backhand  the rebound  in off  of 
Crawford for his NHL-leading 12th goal of the playoffs. 

Quick, who made 13 saves in the third period, kept the game from being decided 
in the final seconds when he was able to cover up an Andrew Shaw shot from the 
left wing with Kane at the right side looking for a rebound. 

                                   Game Notes 

This  was the first  overtime Game 7 in the conference finals since 1994, when 
the  Rangers defeated  the Devils  in the  Eastern Conference  finals ...  Los 
Angeles   improved   to  7-0   in  elimination  games   this  season  ...  The 
Blackhawks  were  13-0 over  the past two  playoffs in  Games 5, 6  and 7 of a 
series ... Los Angeles has 37 wins in the playoffs since the start of the 2012 
postseason  ... It's the  third time the Kings are in the Cup Finals, with the 
other  coming in  1993 when they lost  to the Montreal Canadiens in five games 
...  Los Angeles  forward Anze Kopitar had  an assist in the game and he leads 
the  postseason  with 24 points.  Carter is second  with 22, Gaborik is fourth 
with  19  and Williams  fifth with 18  ... This was  just the third postseason 
matchup  between Chicago  and Los  Angeles,  with the Blackhawks winning  the 
previous  two  ... The Kings/Rangers series  will be the first Los Angeles/New 
York  City  championship matchup since  the Los  Angeles Dodgers faced the New 
York Yankees in the World Series in 1981. 

 
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