The Los Angeles Kings completed a remarkable and improbable run to their second Stanley Cup championship in three years by defeating the New York Rangers with a 3-2 overtime victory on Friday night at Staples Center.

Facing elimination seven times in the three rounds of playoffs before the Stanley Cup Final, the Kings continually showed their resilience when they became the first team in NHL history to win three Game 7s on the road.

The Kings then had home-ice advantage against the Rangers yet needed overtime in Games 1 and 2 to clinch 3-2 and 5-4 victories, respectively, after wiping out two-goal deficits in each meeting at Staples Center. Goaltender Jonathan Quick then turned in an impressive performance, making several outstanding saves among his 32, in leading L.A. to a 3-0 victory in Game 3 on Monday in New York, where the Rangers avoided elimination with a thrilling 2-1 win.

The Kings clinched the title in double overtime of Game 5 when defenseman Alec Martinez collected a rebound and beat Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

“We’ve been down a lot this postseason, we’ve been up, been in some exciting games, some long games,” veteran center Jarret Stoll said earlier this week. “We just keep playing, trying to find a way to win.”

The Kings, though, almost didn’t make it out of the first round, losing three games in a row to open the series against San Jose. They completed that series with a 5-1 victory over the Sharks to set up a first-ever playoff meeting against its Southland rival, the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks. The Kings won the first two games on the road before losing three in a row. Again the Kings prevailed in a series decider, routing the Ducks, 6-2.