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Kings approach the throne, stomp Devils in Game 3: Tuesday's notes

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While the first goal may have been a bit debatable, by the end of last night's Game 3 there was no doubt about which team will hoist the Stanley Cup in just a matter of days. The Los Angeles Kings now stand on the brink of their first championship thanks to a 4-0 victory over New Jersey last night,

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Nashville Predators News

Monday Night Forehand 06/04 by HasBeenSports | Blog Talk Radio
Big Ben & Justin captured the giddiness that sets in after hours and hours of #VoteRinne keyboard banging.

Potential Edmonton Oilers Free Agent Targets | The Hockey Writers
Edmonton could absolutely use a stud D-man like Suter, but I can't see him choosing to go there.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Stanley Cup Final Game 3 Recap: Quick and the Penalty Kill Spark the Team - Jewels From The Crown
Yup, goaltending has proven to be a big edge in this series.

Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup Finals 2012: an appreciation of fans : All Things Avalanche Colorado
Adrian Dater tips his hat to the L.A. faithful.

Will the Kings success lead to Paul Holgrem's demise? | Puck Drunk Love
Does the march of Jeff Carter and Mike Richards to a Stanley Cup reflect badly on Philadelphia for trading both of them last summer? It's not really Holmgren's fault, as reports at the time indicated he was pretty much ordered to do it.

Stanley Cup Finals — Devils’ Thorny Financial History Repeats -
Just as in New Jersey's first trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 1995, financial turmoil surrounds the team. Unlike last time, however, Nashville isn't waiting in the wings for ownership to use as a point of leverage.

Curious case of Tim Thomas, NHL's drug policy + 30 Thoughts | Hockey | CBC Sports
Goalies are different, and apparently, Thomas is even more so.

New Coyotes owner to receive at least $15-million a year from Glendale - The Globe and Mail
Events in Phoenix are inching closer to a conclusion.

Report: Canadiens to Name Michel Therrien as Head Coach | All Habs
It's back to the future in Montreal, as Michel Therrien gets a second chance as Habs head coach.

Crosby plans to be involved in CBA talks | ProHockeyTalk
The players are getting warmed up for what should be a contentious negotiation.

Brown, Doan, Callahan finalists for Messier Award - 2012 NHL Awards
Here are your three contenders for what's really a pretty redundant award. We already have the Masterton, Lady Byng, and King Clancy honoring various characteristics.

Xbox 360 video gets 35 new content providers, 24/7 live ESPN video -- Engadget
NHL GameCenter Live on an XBox 360? I presume that's good news for some hockey fans.

Lastly, a few of us are doing a video series on relatively unknown players in the Stanley Cup Final, so here's Jen from Anaheim Calling with a rival's perspective on the L.A. Kings' Brad Richardson: