Kings Beat Blackhawks in Overtime of Game 7 to Advance to the Stanley Cup Finals (GIFs)
There is only one thing better than a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and that is a Game 7 that goes to sudden death overtime. It’s a situation that every kid who ever played hockey in his parents’ driveway fantasized about, and last night that childhood fantasy became a reality for the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks.
Of course, there was just one small difference between all those childhood fantasies and the actual Game 7 of the 2014 Western Conference Finals. You see, when you’re a kid and your dreaming up situations like this in your head, your team always wins thanks to a brilliant highlight reel goal. And, unless you’re a real weirdo, that goal was always scored by you.
Last night, the Los Angeles Kings’ Alec Martinez got the game-winner, which I’m sure he’ll always remember. However, it was not a pretty goal. In fact, like most of the important goals in Game 7, the one that sent the defending Stanley Cup champs packing was a pretty flukey deflection.
Take a look:
I don’t know about you, but every time I won a Game 7 in overtime in my head, it was on a sweet end-to-end rush, and it usually involved a nutmeg or a spin-o-rama. It was not a wrister from the point that deflects off one of the other team’s players before fluttering over the goalie’s shoulder.
The really crazy thing, though, is that this was not the only flukey goal from Game 7.
Check out the crazy bounce on this first period goal from Patrick Sharp that put the Hawks ahead 3-2:
And this fortuitous redirection that put the puck right on the stick of Tyler Toffoli so he could tie the game at 3-3 in the second:
And this other goal from Patrick Sharp that deflected off Jake Muzzin and made it 4-3 Chicago:
So Game 7 of the 2014 Western Conference Finals may have been exciting as any, but it certainly didn’t feature a lot of pretty goals…not that Kings fans in L.A. really cared:
They were just happy to be back in the Finals for the second time in three seasons.