It truly was a beautiful sporting event. An instant classic even in an NHL postseason filled with them. Even those from the baseball world would have to admit as much. It was a magnificent duel between goaltenders Jonathan Quick and Henrik Lundqvist, as they defied the odds time after time and traded miraculous saves for nearly 35 minutes in sudden death. The non-stop action was simply captivating, and the eyes of the sporting world were fixated on the Staples Center as it all played out.
In fact, even those in attendance at Dodger Stadium had to find a way to get their eyes on overtime. They ended up flooding the concourse where the in-stadium televisions broadcast each heart-stopping pass, shot and save. Then, finally, with the baseball action in the bottom of the sixth inning, a small eruption could be heard as Alec Martinez tapped home a rebound for the Cup clinching goal.
Slowly, a roar began to build that soon echoed throughout the stadium and sustained itself as the baseball continued on. It couldn't be ignored, and with words only he could produce as the chaos surrounded him, legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully described the scene and offered his congratulations to the Kings.
“What a year, what a finish. That's a remarkable, remarkable, remarkable accomplishment.”
As the cheers continued, Scully added.
“Well, they are together. The Dodgers and the Kings, and it's the Kings wearing the crowns. Heartiest congratulations to the team and the entire organization. What a marvelous season.”
There's probably a joke in there somewhere about the Dodger Stadium seats emptying in the sixth inning, but the fans truly were together on this one. That much was cemented when a fan wearing a Kings jersey ran through the seats and whipped the crowd into another frenzy moments later. It made for a fun visual from afar, and the entire experience was obviously enhanced by Scully embracing the moment and adding his unique charm.
According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers players felt the moment too. Really, it was impossible not to feel it. But after sharing their stadium with the Kings during the NHL's Stadium Series, they didn't mind playing second fiddle again on their own home turf.
AJ Ellis on crowd reacting to #LAKings win: "We knew they weren't getting fired up over a Chone Figgins at-bat."
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) June 14, 2014
Thankfully for the Dodgers, they gave the fans plenty of reason to get loud for them as well before the night was over. They ended up taking home a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks behind starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw. But perhaps the best news for the Dodgers? They didn't have to drop the gloves against their chief NL West rivals.
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