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Watch: Kings Captain Dustin Brown Lifts the Stanley Cup

Friday’s Game 5 double-overtime thriller between the Kings and Rangers was one for the ages. Viewers were treated to a late-night delight that featured goaltenders standing on their heads, pucks clanging off posts and plenty of end-to-end action.

The Kings came out on top, 3-2, which marked their second Stanley Cup title in three years. Alec Martinez was the hero on the night after scoring the clutch game-winning goal, and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Justin Williams and goalie Jonathan Quick were the brightest shining stars of this year’s playoffs, and helped carry the team in its biggest moments.

And there’s no better way to celebrate than by hoisting the Stanley Cup trophy. So that’s exactly what team captain Dustin Brown did.

And the official team celebration photo is pretty awesome, too.

Oh, and here’s Erin Andrews celebrating with boyfriend Jarret Stoll.

The Kings did not hold back and fired everything they had at Henrik Lundqvist, as they clearly didn’t want this series going back to New York. They mustered 51 shots on goal—and even though Lundqvist was stellar—the Kings had too much depth and were the better team at every facet of the game in this series.

The “best” team in the NHL playoffs doesn’t always win the Cup. But that’s exactly what happened this year. The Kings earned this win, after knocking off the talent-heavy Sharks, defending champion Blackhawks and Eastern Conference-winning Rangers.

(H/T: theScore, CJ Fogler)

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