Greene wins second Cup

Matt Greene has won the Stanley Cup again.

The former UND captain became the program’s fourth two-time winner, joining Jonathan Toews, Jay Caufield and Craig Ludwig after the Los Angeles Kings beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in double overtime in Game 5 of the Finals.

Greene started the play on the game-winning goal, breaking up a pass in the defensive zone and sending the play the other way, where eventually former Miami RedHawk Alec Martinez found a rebound and finished off the victory.

There will be a column on Greene in Sunday’s Herald.

Greene was a scratch in the first game of the playoffs and a minus-4 in the second game after that, he was a +8 and he was on the ice for the series-clinching goals in both the conference finals and Cup Finals.

After the win, Greene told CBC that he plans to do something different with the Cup this time around, but he didn’t specify his plans. He also said that he’d like to make a run at more titles with the Kings. Greene becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

For now, he will continue to celebrate with the Cup, though. The Kings have planned a parade for 2 p.m. Central on Monday in Los Angeles.

With Friday’s result, a former UND player has been one of the captains on four of the last five Stanley Cup-winning teams.

UND’s Cup champs

1986 — Craig Ludwig, Montreal
1990 — Geoff Smith, Edmonton
1991 — Jay Caufield, Pittsburgh
1992 — Jay Caufield, Pittsburgh
1996 — Troy Murray, Colorado
1999 — Ed Belfour, Dallas
1999 — Tony Hrkac, Dallas
1999 — Craig Ludwig, Dallas (A)
1999 — Rick Wilson, Dallas (assistant coach)
2000 — Brad Bombardir, New Jersey
2006 — Mike Commodore, Carolina
2010 — Jonathan Toews, Chicago (C)
2012 — Matt Greene, Los Angeles (A)
2013 — Jonathan Toews, Chicago (C)
2014 — Matt Greene, Los Angeles (A)

*Photo credits: Reuters, USA Today Sports.

10 thoughts on “Greene wins second Cup

  1. Sioux all-time double cup winners list including two big, beastly, highly-skilled defensemen; what a surprise….. :-)

  2. Congratulations to Matt! His defensive play was solid again for the Kings. Matt was so huge on the PK, moving the puck out of their defensive zone, and not to mention his crushing checks on those poor forwards that decided to go his way!

    • Gotta love his tough play along the boards and in front of the net. Man, he is good at playing position … Congrats Greener!

  3. Awesome stuff. He is a fun D-man to watch. Where does Greene sit when it comes to all-time great D-men from UND? Normally, you see that debate with forwards only, but how about the D-men. I’m not knowledgeable enough to say, but he has to be Top 10 or maybe Top 5 with the 2 Cups, not sure. Curious what the old-timers who really know hockey would say. I know James Patrick goes back to my days and he comes to mind on this list.

  4. Will the Kings keep Greene or will he be looking for a new team this summer? I hope he stays in LA! Congrats to Matt! I hope he brings the cup to Forks!

  5. Love to see Matt get a second cup, but got to give it to Martinez as well. Sometimes karma has its way of working things out. I remember watching Alex’s Miami (OH) team lose in the Frozen Four to BU with a goal eerily similar to the one Alex scored to end the Black Hawks season. Martinez than scores to capture the Stanley Cup against the Rangers. Glad it was Greene who got the puck out of the zone from in front of the net to start the play. Lastly, hope to see Kristo in the Rangers line up next season. I know it will be tough to break into that line up of forwards, but he had a great AHL season, so hope he makes it.

  6. Kristo had a good AHL year, but he couldn’t jump over JT MILLER or Jesper Fast to get a call up. Now with Marty St. Louis & Matts Zuccarelo leading the Rangers in points, he will have to play for Brian Boyle’s spot on the 4th line. It’s possible he will get some games. Here’s hoping he gets a chance out of camp.

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