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Los Angeles Kings players celebrate after beating the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-4, in overtime during Game 7 of the NHL Western Conference finals on Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Chicago. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Kings beat Blackhawks in overtime to advance to Stanley Cup Final

CHICAGO -- The Los Angeles Kings have advanced to the Stanley Cup Final by defeating the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks, 5-4 in overtime, Sunday night at the United Center in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals.

Kings defenseman Alec Martinez shot inside the blue line off a pass from Justin Williams -- who's now 7-0 in Game 7s -- and the puck was deflected through traffic and into the goal by rookie forward Tyler Toffoli, past teammate Jarret Stoll and Chicago goalie Corey Crawford.

The Kings, who won the 2012 championship, will host Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night at Staples Center against the Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers.

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