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THREE KINGS TO WATCH: This trio could make a difference for the Kings.

Left wing Simon Gagne. Gagne could be a Kings wild card, having been medically cleared to play for the first time since a concussion sidelined him on Dec. 26. It might take another injury for a lineup spot to open up for Gagne, who made it to the Cup finals two years ago with Philadelphia.

Dwight King. The rookie forward has five goals, including two game-winners in the Western Conference finals. King, the 109th pick in the 2007 draft, was recalled from the minors on Feb. 10 and had five goals and nine assists in 27 regular-season games.

Willie Mitchell. The 35-year-old defenseman, who is the Kings‘ oldest player, is in the Stanley Cup finals for the first time.



“Well, I’ve got five kids now. So, I need to be here.” _ 40-year-old Devils goalie Martin Brodeur on why he is still playing.

“Most of his ribs at us are more of the sarcastic type than the stern force, yelling at us. He will just say, `Is this game too hard for you tonight?’ or something like that, just to get you angry. He knows what makes hockey players angry.” _ Kings forward Justin Williams on Darryl Sutter’s coaching style.



In New Jersey, while Garden State rocker Bruce Springsteen will be on tour in Germany, Spain, Portugal and Italy during the finals, there’s always a chance Jersey’s other legend, Jon Bon Jovi, shows. He made an appearance in Round 3 vs. the Rangers.

In Los Angeles, expect to see plenty of stars in what they’re now calling “Hockeywood.” Already, Zac Efron, Matthew Perry, Colin Hanks, David Beckham, Rachel McAdams, Alyssa Milano, and Kurt Russell have been bit by Kings Fever, and took in games at Staples Center. Who’s left?


OUTLOOK: The Kings show how they got this far in a highly competitive series, but Brodeur and Devils get the best of Quick and capture the Cup in California. Devils in 6.