Players in the ceremonial handshake line at the Staples Center on Sunday, the Los Angeles Kings having swept the St. Louis Blues into summer.
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Hands up, everyone who had the Los Angeles Kings sweeping the St. Louis Blues in a four-game Western Conference semifinal.
You there, with your hand up: didn’t your parents teach you it’s not right to lie?
The remarkable Kings indeed swept the Blues, Los Angeles’ 3-1 win over St. Louis Sunday in L.A. ending a stunningly (Jonathan) quick semifinal. The Kings now await the winner of Phoenix-Nashville in the Western final.
As for amazing: how ’bout those Devils, New Jersey beating Philadelphia 4-2 at the Prudential Center on Sunday in front of ageless goalie Marty Brodeur (OK, he turned 40 Sunday) to seize a 3-1 Eastern semi lead heading into Game 5 back in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
• On Monday: In New York, it’s Game 5 between the Rangers and Washington Capitals, that Eastern semi tied 2-2, and in Glendale, Ariz., not far from the favourite watering hole(s) of Predators’ Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn, the Coyotes can finish off Nashville, up 3-1 in that one.
• Worth your time: Liam Maguire on the Canadiens’ hiring of Marc Bergevin.
• Food for thought: On Sunday, Hockey Night in Canada’s Elliotte Friedman threw Joel Quenneville’s name into hat of Habs coaching candidates. The Gazette’s Pat Hickey writes of Montreal’s pursuit of Rick Dudley as assistant general manager.
• A stat you need: From Roger Leblond at RDS.ca: Nashville defenceman Hal Gill, the former Habs blue-line pillar, is five games shy of becoming the NHL’s all-time leader among players who have appeared in more than 100 postseason games without having scored a goal. Skillsy sat out five games to start this postseason, so had he appeared in those and not scored, he’d hold the record now. Gill has six assists in his 109 playoff games; former defenceman Craig Muni, the all-time leader, had zero goals and 17 assists in his 113 playoff games.