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Martinez ‘blacked out’ for a bit after scoring OT winner

Jun 14, 2014, 1:57 AM EDT

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“It came off his pad pretty quick. I just tried to get a stick on it and get it on net. After that, I blacked out. I tossed my gear, the guys jumped in, and I couldn’t breathe for a while. It’s a surreal moment.”

If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to score the goal that wins the Stanley Cup, that’s Alec Martinez‘s best description.

“I was just at the right place at the right time,” the Kings’ overtime hero said. “[Tyler Toffoli] made a great play shooting far pad, and I was able to put it in. It’s not about me or the goal. It’s about the L.A. Kings and the guys in that room. We did something special. We knew we were a good team; now we know we’re a great team.”

Martinez didn’t want to talk too much about himself. Instead, he talked about the team — about the chemistry, the character, and the leadership of the group.

“We like each other. We love each other,” he said. “L.A.s the only thing I’ve ever known, being drafted here. But from what guys say that have played elsewhere, what we have here is pretty special, in terms of guys really liking each other, and that’s a testament to [general manager Dean Lombardi] putting together a group of guys like that.”

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    The Rangers screw themselves specifically Zuccarello who let Martinez go to the net without any pressure.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:12 AM

      Guys who have played some 100 hockey games this season, in double OT, running on the memory of fumes, and some people can only be negative?

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:15 AM

      Worst yet was THAT REBOUND!

      Henry gives up a ton of bad rebounds but that one is now immortal!

      • nj666 - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:44 AM

        you could say he’s the king of bad rebounds…

    • 1historian - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:29 AM

      The Rangers gave it absolutely everything they had and this guy has to go negative like this and he is one of the reasons why the Rangers lose.

    • theblossas - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:29 AM

      How did the rangers screw themselves in this game? You are probably one of the many Kings fans who just started watching hockey 2 years ago. Lundquist is known for how good he is at directing rebounds. The goal wasn’t his fault he had 50 saves and almost played 2 full games. Please watch hockey outside of the Stanley Cup.

      • hrudey - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:16 AM

        That’s not a Kings fan (the username might be a slight hint). The real shame isn’t that it’s such a negative post – fans of teams that blow huge leads might be that way – but that his team stopped playing, what, a month ago and that’s still the best he can come up with. Sad.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        Get real.

        This guy wasn’t making glove save after glove save from 5 feet in front of him.

        Henry is known for giving up horrible rebounds with no consideration on their direction, such as the one on the Cup clinching goal.

        That defense kept a a overwhelming majority of those shots outside and never let the Kings get the puck up. Give the Rangers defense some credit that everyone thinks was Henry.

        ALL HAIL HENRY THE REBOUND KING!

      • cybernetikghost - Jun 14, 2014 at 4:41 PM

        How did you get any thumbs up at all with this “probably one of the many kings fans” directed at someone with a penguins handle?

    • habs9 - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      its only right that one of the very few Spanish (or at least spanish sounding) players in the NHL would score the GWG for LA of all teams tho!

      • nhlfan14 - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:20 PM

        Come on, Habs fans are better than that! There is no need to comment on Alec’s ethnicity. The point is he sent those undeserving rangers home! We should all be thankful for that regardless of who scored the goal!

    • blomfeld - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      IT`S OKAY FRIEND …

      as `He` was there for you … and so were we ! :)

  2. socalskinsfan - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:26 AM

    As a teal-bleeding, tried and true Sharks fan that pulled for the Rangers every step of the way, whole-hearted congrats to the Kings. They earned this Cup and were the best team in every series they played. Reading this kind of account puts in perspective just how speacial a Cup win is to the players, guys that have dreamed of this since they were old enough to lace up a skate. I’ll root against the Kings again soon enough. Until then, congratulations boys.

    • cybernetikghost - Jun 14, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      You sure you are a Sharks fan? Or did you have someone ghost write that statement? Cause you come off sounding like you aren’t bitter at all, really quite level-headed. Please tell SJS sharks fans how to do that.

  3. buckeye044 - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Love and Honor

  4. phtjoey - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    that was a healthy rebound for one who would have had to stand on his head if NY were to win the SC. JQ was much better than GQ Lundqvist.

  5. jason9696 - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Alec Martinez could never score another goal in his career but he’ll go down as a playoff legend for scoring the OT goal in game 7 against Chicago and the Stanley Cup OT winner against New York. Not bad for a 5th or 6th d-man.

    • cybernetikghost - Jun 14, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      Kings fans still cheer for Bruce McNall; once you help out the kings like that, the fans are yours for life.

  6. patthehockeyfan - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Watching Alec Martinez throw his gloves and stick in the air, and begin looking for someone to hug reminded me of (the now late) Jim Valvano in the 1983 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship when NC State beat Houston. Valvano seemed to run around the court looking for someone to hug. These displays of absolute joy from Martinez and Valvano (among other moments) are why I love sports.

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