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The LA Kings celebrate winning the NHL Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center,

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

LA Kings captain Dustin Brown carries the Stanley Cup around the ice as fans and the Kings celebrate winning the NHL championship at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

LA Kings forward Anze Kopitar skates with the Stanley Cup after winning the NHL championship at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES, CA, FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2014 - Kigns defenseman Alec Martinez leaps in the air after scoring the game winning goal in double overtime to beat the Rangers 3-2 in game five of the NHL Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

LA Kings forward Justin Williams hoists the Stanley Cup after the Kings beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in double overtime in Game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center. Williams was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the tournament's most valuable player.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

LA Kings players celebrate their double overtime win as New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist sits in goal after Game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

New York Rangers Henrik Lundqvist stares at the ice after losing to the LA Kings in Game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

LA Kings forward Dustin Brown dives to take a shot at New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist who turns it away during the third period of Game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

New York Rangers Dan Girardi gets a stick to he chin by LA Kings Dustin Brown in the 2nd period of Game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

New York Rangers Henrik Lundqvist makes a save on LA Kings Kyle Clifford in the 2nd period of Game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

LA Kings forward Dustin Brown scores on a breakaway, beating Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist in the second period in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Madison Square Garden.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

New York Ranger players scramble to cover the puck on a shot by LA Kings Tanner Pearson late in the 3rd period of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Madison Square Garden.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

New York Rangers and their fans celebrate a second period goal by Marin St. Louis in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Madison Square Garden.

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New York Rangers forward Mats Zucccarello checks LA Kings defenseman Alec Martinez to the ice during third period action in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Madison Square Garden.

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LA Kings goalie Jonathan Quick makes a save on New York Rangers Marc Staal in the 1st period of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Madison Square Garden.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

LA Kings Kyle Clifford checks New York Rangers Brian Boyle into the boards in the 3rd period of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Madison Square Garden.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

A beaten and dejected LA Kings team skates off the ice after losing 2-1 to the Rangers in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Madison Square Garden.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello can't convert a point blank shot as LA Kings goalie Jonathan Quick stops the puck during first period action in Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Madison Square Garden.

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Fans react to the LA Kings scoring a goal against the New York Rangers in the 1st period Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals during a watch party at LA Live..

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

LA Kings forward Justin Williams is knocked against the boards by New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello during second period action in Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Madison Square Garden.

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LA Kings teammates come together to celebrate a goal by defenseman Jake Muzzin, second from left, during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Madison Square Garden. Left to right are Anze Kopitar, Muzzin, Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

LA Kings forward Jeff Carter scores a goal and meets teammate Dwight King behind Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist with seven seconds remaining in the first period of Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Madison Square Garden.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

LA Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell is knocked to the ice by New York Rangers forward Rick Nash during first period action in Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Madison Square Garden.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Fans react to the LA Kings scoring a goal against the New York Rangers in the 1st period of Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals during a watch party at LA Live.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Fans watch Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals on a jumbo screen during a watch party at LA Live.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis is caught in the celebration as the Kings score in double-overtime Saturday to win 5-4 in Game 2 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

The Kings' Dwight King scores a controversial goal on New York Rangers Ryan McDonagh and goalie Henrik Lundqvist in the third period of Game 2 in the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

New York Rangers defenders Henrik Lundqvist, left and Ryan McDonagh complain to an official after Kings forward Dwight King scored a third-period goal in Game 2.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

The Kings' Willie Mitchell collides with New York Rangers Derek Dorsett in the first period of Game 2.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

New York Rangers' Derick Brassard and the Kings' Tyler Taffoli battle for the puck in Game 2 at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

New York Rangers forward Derick Brassard fires a last-second shot in overtime as Kings goalie Jonathan Quick makes a save in Game 2.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick makes a save on the Rangers' Chris Kreider in the first period in Game 2 at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

New York Rangers forward Rick Nash struggles to take a shot as he skates in the crease in front of Kings goalie Jonathan Quick in Game 2 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Kings forwards Dustin Brown, left, and Mike Richards pressure Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist in Game 2.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick isn't quick enough to stop the puck as the New York Rangers score their fourth goal of the game in the second period in Game 2 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Kings forward Marian Gaborik enters the rink moments before Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Rangers forward Martin St. Louis looks to control the puck as he battles with Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell in Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Rangers Benoit Pouliot, center, is congratulated by teammates Derick Brassard, left, and Mats Zuccarello after scoring a goal against the Kings in the 1st period of Game 1 at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

The Kings' Marian Gaborik during Game 1.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

The Rangers' Carl Hagelin scores a short-handed goal on Kings goalie Jonathan Quick in the 1st period of Game 1.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Kings players Kyle Clifford, Jeff Carter and Trevor Lewis celebrate with fans after Clifford scored a first-period goal past Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist in Game 1.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Kings defenseman Drew Doughty scores a second-period goal past Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Fans reach out to touch center Mike Richards, left who follows Kings teammate Jeff Carter to the ice for warmups before taking on the the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Kings players celebrate Justin Williams' overtime goal against the Rangers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

The Kings' Justin Williams gives his stick to a little girl after scoring the winning overtime goal against the New York Rangers in Game 1.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

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Put a crown on that Stanley Cup. Add streaks of black to its silver. Fill it with sand, burnish it with sun, and welcome it home.

Kings, kings again.

For the second time in three seasons, the Los Angeles Kings have done what seemed like an impossibility for four decades, capturing the most celebrated trophy in sports by winning its most difficult championship.

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  1. June 17, 2014, 5:02 pm

    Will this image be available for sale? If so, how might I buy one? Thank you.

    By: Jason

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