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Madison St. Monarchs: Kings Dethrone Reigning Blackhawks

This Western Conference Title Bout rematch went beyond the distance, and in the end it was the Los Angeles Kings who won it on a 7th Round sudden-death knockout punch delivered by defenseman Alec Martinez.

Martinez’s timely strike instantly earned his Kings a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Kings’ punishment for not deposing the ‘Hawks at home in Game 6 was having to play this contest tonight, and now they can breathe a huge sigh of relief that the penalty was rendered irrelevant.

However before the Kings could do little more than settle in, they were already looking up from the bottom of a 2-0 hole courtesy of the play-making dynamo known as Patrick Kane.

Kane set up the first two ‘Hawks goals, assisting on both Brandan Saad’s and Jonathan Toews’ tallies before the nine minutes mark. But the persistent Kings fought back valiantly to tie the game with two straight scores of their own from Jeff Carter and Justin Williams.

A dozen seconds after Williams tied it for L.A., Patrick Sharp untied it for Chicago to send his squad into the 1st intermission with a 3-2 lead. In the 2nd Tyler Toffoli re-tied it for L.A., before Sharp re-untied it for Chicago to send his squad into the 2nd intermission with a 4-3 lead. (That may very well be the first time I’ve ever experienced deja vu while writing a single paragraph.)

With 7:17 left in the 3rd, the Kings’ Marian Gaborik evened the score at four.

It was Gaborik’s goal that sent the game into overtime before Martinez ended the series with his.

They say that defense wins Championships, but I guess that doesn’t count when neither team plays any.

And anyway, when the horn sounds nobody cares how few or how many goals were scored; only that their team ends up with at least one more.

There is nothing greater to watch in sports than an NHL playoff Game 7 overtime; as it’s almost impossible for them to disappoint. Tonight’s game was the exclamation point on a fantastic series that, when all is said and done, may end up being better than the Cup Finals themselves.

And those Stanley Cup Finals are now set. They’ll start with Game 1 Wednesday night when the New York Rangers pay California a visit to face-off against these Kings.

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  • sheepeater777

    Big shout out to all the brilliant hawks fans who after game 1 made comments like “Hawks in 5″ or “Dustin Brown is a joke” or that this year’s WCF would have the “same outcome as last year’s wcf.”

    Bhawks weren’t even close to being as good as the kings are as a team. even with the refs trying to hand the series to the bhawks calling penalties 2 to 1 in favor of the Bhawks throughout this series, the bhawks still couldn’t beat the kings.

    my favorite part of the series was watching crawford bow down to his kings as he let in the game winning goal.

    if the bhawks don’t take out the best players on the opposing team with a cheapshot, like carter in last year’s WCF or this year when they took out Backes in the blues / blackhawks series, they’re just an ordinary slightly above average team.

    the real cockroaches are the blackhawks, their city and their ja fans.

    good riddance.

    also big shout out to the dbag bhawk fan sitting in front of me at staples in game 6.

    • Lloyd A Brodnax

      Albeit their are horrible fans in every city doesn’t mean you have to join the Frey! Look up sportsmanship and being cordial towards others… Most times it’s not what one says but how it’s said! Learned that over my twenty (20) years in the U.S. Marine Corps–character traits do matter… Just saying sheepeater777.

  • Lloyd A Brodnax

    Hey Chris.. I won’t even give credence to that troll commenter below sheep…. As he’s been so obnoxious on other sites. But mainly wanted to thank you for the well written and enjoyable articles. It was a Clash of the Titans WCF, one for the ages and albeit our Hawks loss, they left it all on the ice. I’m sad but not disappointed as much cause the effort was there so no dwelling here, just looking 4ward to next season as we’ll be even stronger in every facet. Conversely, because our Hawks are part of the WC, I will be rooting for the Kings 2keep the Cup in our Conference, so til next season, be well!

    • Chris Gay

      Hi, Mr. Broadnax. I just saw your comment and I wanted to thank you for your kind words. Yes, this series was certainly one of the better ones and really, as a hockey fan, I can’t really ask for more than a Game 7 overtime. I’ll continue to write general hockey and various NHL team articles over the summer, but I’ll look forward to seeing what your Blackhawks do and how they come back next year. And yes, here’s to next season!