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Wayne Gretzky is all smiles as Bill Ranford, Esa Tikkanen, Mark Messier, and Kevin Lowe look on after Edmonton defeated Boston in five games to claim the 1988 Stanley Cup. This year’s Kings squad are one win away from a championship and could become the first No. 8 seed to win a Cup. They also have a chance to equal the 16-2 mark of the 1988 Oilers, the best mark since the NHL adopted the current format of four rounds of best-of-series. (David E. Klutho/SI)

FARBER: Making sense of the LA Kings
CAZENEUVE: Devils focus on Game 4
FARBER: Penner playing up to his size

Wayne Gretzky is all smiles as Bill Ranford, Esa Tikkanen, Mark Messier, and Kevin Lowe look on after Edmonton defeated Boston in five games to claim the 1988 Stanley Cup. This year’s Kings squad are one win away from a championship and could become the first No. 8 seed to win a Cup. They also have a chance to equal the 16-2 mark of the 1988 Oilers, the best mark since the NHL adopted the current format of four rounds of best-of-series. (David E. Klutho/SI)
FARBER: Making sense of the LA KingsCAZENEUVE: Devils focus on Game 4FARBER: Penner playing up to his size

New Jersey’s Patrik Elias face plants behind Kings goalie Jonathan Quick as Drew Doughty watches during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Kings won again on Monday to take a 3-0 series lead. Game 4 is Wednesday in Los Angeles. (Gary Hershorn/Reuters)

FARBER: Kings pound Devils to close in on Cup
CAZENEUVE: Devils powerless against Kings


New Jersey’s Patrik Elias face plants behind Kings goalie Jonathan Quick as Drew Doughty watches during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Kings won again on Monday to take a 3-0 series lead. Game 4 is Wednesday in Los Angeles. (Gary Hershorn/Reuters)
FARBER: Kings pound Devils to close in on CupCAZENEUVE: Devils powerless against Kings

Devils center Adam Henrique celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal to beat the Rangers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals. New Jersey will face Los Angeles tonight in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

HACKEL: Devils, Kings keys to winning Stanley Cup
MUIR: Key matchups, X-factor, predictions and more
FARBER: Salvadore key to Devils postseason success

Devils center Adam Henrique celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal to beat the Rangers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals. New Jersey will face Los Angeles tonight in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
HACKEL: Devils, Kings keys to winning Stanley CupMUIR: Key matchups, X-factor, predictions and moreFARBER: Salvadore key to Devils postseason success

The Devils and Rangers brawl during a 1992 Patrick Division Semifinal game. This year’s Eastern Conference Finals matchup has been just as tense and the Devils are in control after a 5-3 victory on Wednesday and moved within one win of a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. (Scott Levy/Getty Images)

KWAK: Devils fourth line comes up big in Game 5 win over Rangers
VIDEO: Watch highlights of Wednesday’s Rangers-Devils game
GALLERY: The Devils-Rangers Rivalry

The Devils and Rangers brawl during a 1992 Patrick Division Semifinal game. This year’s Eastern Conference Finals matchup has been just as tense and the Devils are in control after a 5-3 victory on Wednesday and moved within one win of a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. (Scott Levy/Getty Images)
KWAK: Devils fourth line comes up big in Game 5 win over RangersVIDEO: Watch highlights of Wednesday’s Rangers-Devils gameGALLERY: The Devils-Rangers Rivalry

Dustin Penner celebrates after scoring the game-winning overtime goal in Wednesday’s Kings-Coyotes game. The victory gave Los Angeles a 4-1 series victory and a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals against the winner of the Rangers-Devils game. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)

MUIR: Penner lifts Kings into Stanley Cup finals
VIDEO: Watch highlights of Wednesday’s game
GALLERY: Celebrities at the NHL Playoffs

Dustin Penner celebrates after scoring the game-winning overtime goal in Wednesday’s Kings-Coyotes game. The victory gave Los Angeles a 4-1 series victory and a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals against the winner of the Rangers-Devils game. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)
MUIR: Penner lifts Kings into Stanley Cup finalsVIDEO: Watch highlights of Wednesday’s gameGALLERY: Celebrities at the NHL Playoffs

Zach Parise slips a shot past Henrik Ludqvist during the third period of Monday’s Devils-Rangers game. Parise scored two goals and set up another in New Jersey’s 4-1 victory. The series is tied at 2-2 with Game 5 scheduled for Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

CAZANEUVE: Parise ignites Devils in Game 4 victory
VIDEO: Watch highlights of Monday’s Devils-Rangers game

Zach Parise slips a shot past Henrik Ludqvist during the third period of Monday’s Devils-Rangers game. Parise scored two goals and set up another in New Jersey’s 4-1 victory. The series is tied at 2-2 with Game 5 scheduled for Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
CAZANEUVE: Parise ignites Devils in Game 4 victoryVIDEO: Watch highlights of Monday’s Devils-Rangers game

A view of Jobing.com Arena on Sunday before the opening face-off to Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the Kings and Coyotes. The Kings defeated the Coyotes 4-2. (Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

MUIR: Kings come out fast and physical in Game 1
DATER: Patience pays for Kings defenseman Voynov

A view of Jobing.com Arena on Sunday before the opening face-off to Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the Kings and Coyotes. The Kings defeated the Coyotes 4-2. (Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
MUIR: Kings come out fast and physical in Game 1DATER: Patience pays for Kings defenseman Voynov

Before Alexander Ovechkin celebrates Mother’s Day with his lovely mom Tatiana, he must play a Game 7 against the Rangers. SI’s Darien Eliot wonders how much more the teams have to give after a grueling six games. (Simon Bruty/SI)

ELIOT: Will Rangers and Capitals have anything more to give? 
GALLERY: The NHL’s Most Colorful Characters

Before Alexander Ovechkin celebrates Mother’s Day with his lovely mom Tatiana, he must play a Game 7 against the Rangers. SI’s Darien Eliot wonders how much more the teams have to give after a grueling six games. (Simon Bruty/SI)
ELIOT: Will Rangers and Capitals have anything more to give? GALLERY: The NHL’s Most Colorful Characters

Jonathan Quick celebrates after the Kings scored an empty-net goal to defeat the Blues 3-1. The victory completed a four-game sweep as Los Angeles became the first No. 8 seed in NHL history to eliminiate the No. 1 and 2 conference seeds. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) 

VIDEO: Watch highlights of Sunday’s Kings-Blues game
DATER: Kings doing what it takes to win in playoffs

Jonathan Quick celebrates after the Kings scored an empty-net goal to defeat the Blues 3-1. The victory completed a four-game sweep as Los Angeles became the first No. 8 seed in NHL history to eliminiate the No. 1 and 2 conference seeds. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) 
VIDEO: Watch highlights of Sunday’s Kings-Blues gameDATER: Kings doing what it takes to win in playoffs

Ilya Kovalchuk scores a goal during the first period of Thursday’s Flyers-Devils game. Kovalchuk, who has been fighting a back injury, scored three points in New Jersey’s 4-3 overtime victory. The Devils have a 2-1 series lead. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

VIDEO: Watch highlights of Thursday’s Devils-Flyers game
DATER: Kovalchuk key as Devils take 2-1 series lead

Ilya Kovalchuk scores a goal during the first period of Thursday’s Flyers-Devils game. Kovalchuk, who has been fighting a back injury, scored three points in New Jersey’s 4-3 overtime victory. The Devils have a 2-1 series lead. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
VIDEO: Watch highlights of Thursday’s Devils-Flyers gameDATER: Kovalchuk key as Devils take 2-1 series lead

Rangers players celebrate after their triple-overtime 2-1 victory over the Capitals last night. The victory gave New York a 2-1 series lead. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

DATER: Rangers perservere in triple overtime for victory
HACKEL: Hunter-Ovechkin truce is on thin ice at best

Rangers players celebrate after their triple-overtime 2-1 victory over the Capitals last night. The victory gave New York a 2-1 series lead. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
DATER: Rangers perservere in triple overtime for victoryHACKEL: Hunter-Ovechkin truce is on thin ice at best

Radim Vrbata (17), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23), Ray Whitney (13) and Martin Hanzal (11) celebrate after Vrbata’s second period goal last night. The goal helped propel Phoenix to a 5-3 victory over Nashville in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals. The Coyotes have a 2-0 series lead. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

MUIR: Coyotes play best game of playoffs to take 2-0 series lead
VIDEO: Watch highlights of Sunday’s Coyotes-Predators game
GALLERY: The NHL’s postseason of mayhem

Radim Vrbata (17), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23), Ray Whitney (13) and Martin Hanzal (11) celebrate after Vrbata’s second period goal last night. The goal helped propel Phoenix to a 5-3 victory over Nashville in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals. The Coyotes have a 2-0 series lead. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
MUIR: Coyotes play best game of playoffs to take 2-0 series leadVIDEO: Watch highlights of Sunday’s Coyotes-Predators gameGALLERY: The NHL’s postseason of mayhem

Devils center Dainius Zubrus is checked hard into the boards by Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Tuesday. The Devils stayed alive with a 3-2 victory and will travel to Sunrise, Fla. for Game 7 on Thursday night. (Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

KWAK: Devils victory sets stage for climactic Game 7
VIDEO: Watch highlights of Tuesday’s Game 6

Devils center Dainius Zubrus is checked hard into the boards by Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Tuesday. The Devils stayed alive with a 3-2 victory and will travel to Sunrise, Fla. for Game 7 on Thursday night. (Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
KWAK: Devils victory sets stage for climactic Game 7VIDEO: Watch highlights of Tuesday’s Game 6

Rangers forwards Brian Boyle and Ryan Callahan celebrate the game-winning goal in front of Craig Anderson, Sergei Gonchar, Zack Smith and Jared Cowen during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Boyle’s goal was the only scoring in the game as the Rangers took a 2-1 series lead. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

VIDEO: Watch highlights of last night’s Rangers-Senators game
HACKEL: In 50 years as a hockey fan, I’ve never seen mayhem like this
GALLERY: Famous First Round Upsets

Rangers forwards Brian Boyle and Ryan Callahan celebrate the game-winning goal in front of Craig Anderson, Sergei Gonchar, Zack Smith and Jared Cowen during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Boyle’s goal was the only scoring in the game as the Rangers took a 2-1 series lead. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)
VIDEO: Watch highlights of last night’s Rangers-Senators gameHACKEL: In 50 years as a hockey fan, I’ve never seen mayhem like thisGALLERY: Famous First Round Upsets

Flyers forward Jakub Voracek wrists a game-winning goal in overtime past Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) and Jordan Staal (11) during Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series on Wednesday. The Flyers fell behind 3-0 but scored four straight for the overtime victory. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

FARBER: Flyers rally to beat Pens in memorable Game 1 
DATER: Schenn, Richards among Wednesday’s Three Stars
VIDEO: Watch highlights of the Penguins-Flyers game

Flyers forward Jakub Voracek wrists a game-winning goal in overtime past Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) and Jordan Staal (11) during Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series on Wednesday. The Flyers fell behind 3-0 but scored four straight for the overtime victory. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
FARBER: Flyers rally to beat Pens in memorable Game 1 DATER: Schenn, Richards among Wednesday’s Three StarsVIDEO: Watch highlights of the Penguins-Flyers game