LOS ANGELES -- For the second time in three years, former University of North Dakota captain Matt Greene and his Los Angeles Kings have captured the Stanley Cup.
Greene and the Kings defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 in double overtime tonight to win the series in five games.
Greene, who started the play that led to Justin Williams' game-winning goal, was +1 and led all players with seven hits. He logged 21 minutes, 51 seconds of ice time, 4:22 of which came with the Kings shorthanded. Only Jake Muzzin played more on the penalty kill.
"I feel unbelievable right now," Greene told Elliotte Friedman of CBC's Hockey Night in Canada. "This is the way you want to end every year and we're really fortunate to be able to do it this year. We've got a good core here. We want to do it for a few more years. It's something special right now."
In 20 playoff games, Greene collected four assists and was a +5. He added 62 hits and blocked 24 shots.
It marks the 16th time -- and third straight year and fourth time in five years -- that a UND product has won the Stanley Cup.
An assistant captain for the Kings, Greene is one of four UND alums to win the Stanley Cup twice, joining Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews (2013, 2010), Craig Ludwig (Dallas in 1999, Montreal in 1986) and Jay Caufield (Pittsburgh in 1991 and 1992).
It was the third Stanley Cup Final appearance for Greene, who lost to Carolina in 2006 as a rookie with the Edmonton Oilers.
Greene spent three seasons at North Dakota (2002-05), captaining the Fighting Sioux to the NCAA Frozen Four championship game as a junior during his final season. The Grand Ledge, Mich., native appeared in 122 collegiate games, amassing 31 career points and 347 penalty minutes.
UND's Stanley Cup Champions
Gord Sherven, Edmonton, 1983-84
Craig Ludwig, Montreal, 1985-86
Geoff Smith, Edmonton, 1989-90
Jay Caufield, Pittsburgh, 1990-91
Jay Caufield, Pittsburgh, 1991-92
Troy Murray, Colorado, 1995-96
Ed Belfour, Dallas, 1998-99
Tony Hrkac, Dallas, 1998-99
Craig Ludwig, Dallas, 1998-99
Rick Wilson, Dallas, 1998-99 (assistant coach)
Brad Bombardir, New Jersey, 1999-00
Mike Commodore, Carolina, 2005-06
Jonathan Toews, Chicago, 2009-10 (Conn Smythe Trophy winner)
Matt Greene, Los Angeles, 2011-12
Jonathan Toews, Chicago, 2012-13
Matt Greene, Los Angeles, 2013-14