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Dodgers News: Ellis And Kershaw React To LA Kings Winning Stanley Cup

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Save for manager Don Mattingly’s tirade or a Hanley Ramirez home run, the Los Angeles Dodgers have largely played second fiddle to the Los Angeles Kings in recent weeks as the Kings made their run through the NHL playoffs.

The two worlds collided Friday as the Kings were hosting the New York Rangers for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals with an opportunity to hoist the trophy with a win, and the Dodgers were just up the freeway, hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks in their first game back from a road trip.

The Kings’ game began just under two hours before first pitch at Dodger Stadium, but they would play into double overtime and overlap with the baseball being played at Chavez Ravine. With the Dodgers holding a one-run lead in the sixth inning, the Kings wrapped up their series with a dramatic victory that triggered a celebration reverberated through Dodger Stadium.

The cheers grew louder and word quickly spread of the Kings’ win, which created made for an unusual setting in an otherwise normal at-bat with Chone Figgins at the plate. Following the Dodgers’ win, A.J. Ellis, who played in his first game since suffering a sprained ankle, joked the team was aware the crowd’s reaction wasn’t over Figgins batting, according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:

Clayton Kershaw congratulated the Kings on their win and acknowledged the hockey fever that swept through Los Angeles:

While the Kings certainly deserve to celebrate their accomplishment, the Dodgers also have reason to be optimistic following Friday’s game. Not only did they manage to pick up a win at home, which hasn’t been the case more times than not this season, they also gained a full game on the San Francisco Giants.

The Dodgers now sit 7.5 games back of the Giants in the NL West standings and with two more games remaining in their series with the Diamondbacks, followed by three games against the Colorado Rockies, the Dodgers could continue to make up ground.
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