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Kings crowned Western Conference champs: Wednesday's notes

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Here's one of the more idiotic traditions in hockey, wherein Kings captain Dustin Brown refuses to even touch the Clarence Campbell Bowl.
Here's one of the more idiotic traditions in hockey, wherein Kings captain Dustin Brown refuses to even touch the Clarence Campbell Bowl.

Late last night the Los Angeles Kings finished off the Phoenix Coyotes to take the Western Conference Final in 5 games, and send L.A. back to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1993. So brace yourselves for a lot more of Barry Melrose, folks, and highlight clips of Ye Olden Days when the Mullet paced behind the bench and Wayne Gretzky led the way...

Nashville Predators News

Top five Nashville Predators quotes from 2011-12 - Nashville Predators Examiner
Who says hockey players don't say anything interesting? (OK, almost never)

Gaustad and Gill are Fond of Nashville | ladypreds
I wonder if the article here gets a little ahead of things with how much these two would like to stay with the Preds.

Preds in review: Craig Smith - Predators Insider
For a few months at least, Smith lived up to the considerable hype.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Los Angeles Kings at Phoenix Coyotes Game Recap -
After a series of controversial calls that were (or weren't made) against both teams, Dustin Penner scored the overtime goal which put L.A. over the top.

Coyotes howling with rage after Dustin Brown’s unpenalized knee-on-knee hit on Michal Rozsival | Edmonton Journal
This was a tough pill to swallow for Phoenix, as it came just seconds before Penner's winner.

The LA Kings have released a fantastic infographic | Awful Announcing
The Kings are killing it, not only on Twitter, but with a perfect send-up of moronic TV reporters who confuse them with the NBA's Sacramento Kings.

Edmonton and Seattle both to get new downtown arenas – but Seattle is getting a much, much better deal | Edmonton Journal
This one starts with an eye-popping comparison.

Penn State hockey releases inaugural Div. 1 schedule; Nittany Lions to play in Philly - Broad Street Hockey
Consider this season a tune-up for 2013-14, when the team will move into their new permanent arena, and join the new Big Ten Hockey Conference.

Radko Gudas has a better playoff beard than you | Backhand Shelf
Holy crap, this guy looks like a Norse god.

These Are Not Your Older Brother's Devils | Overtime
This isn't the same old bunch o' trappers.

Brodeur is a Fraud: Mike Smith: Good Season or Good Goalie?
We'll have to see if the Coyotes' goalie can maintain the pace next season.

How Gregory House, Scott Bowman, and Steve Jobs taught us to win - Grantland
An outstanding article here by Ken Dryden, drawing a line between three otherwise disparate figures.