A History Of NY Vs. LA Championship Matchups

The 2014 Stanley Cup Final marks the first time since 1981 that New York City and Los Angeles have competed for a major American sports championsip. While the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the then New Jersey Nets in the 2002 NBA Finals and the New Jersey Devils took out the Anaheim Ducks, during the 2003 Stanley Cup Final, teams from the borough/county limits of America's two largest cities have not battled for league supremacy, since the Los Angeles Dodgers won the 1981 World Series, over the New York Yankees.

fivethirtyeight.com provides a detailed background of the history of NY vs. LA championship battles, just in time for the Rangers vs. Kings seven-game matchup.