The 2013-14 NHL season, which started way back on October 1 when the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Canadiens 4-3 at the Bell Centre, came to an end when Alec Martinez scored at 14:43 of double-overtime after midnight on Saturday, June 14, to give the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final.
The Kings won the best-of-seven series 4-1, winning the Cup for the second time in three years. Kings forward Justin Williams was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP after posting 9-16-25 totals in 26 postseason games to go along with a plus-13..
The Kings played 108 games to win the Cup, including 82 in the regular season and 26 in the postseason. The 26 playoff games in a single year played by the Kings tied an NHL record set by Philadelphia in 1987 and matched by Calgary in 2004.
The Kings were built for the long haul, with only one player on their active playoff roster under 6-foot tall. The Kings’ smallest player is forward Mike Richards, who is 5-foot-11 and 196 pounds. You can see the Kings’ roster by clicking here.
There were a record 93 playoff games overall this season, breaking the previous NHL mark of 92 set in 1991.
Next up on the NHL schedule is the draft, slated for June 27-28 in Philadelphia.
(Photo by Jae C. Hong/The Associated Press)