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The Rat Trick Morning Links: LA Kings Win Cup, Kovalchuk, Draft


A big congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings for winning the Stanley Cup last night, the second time they have lifted the cup in the last three seasons. Alec Martinez scored in double overtime to win the deciding game.

Justin Williams finally got the recognition in the playoffs he deserves, as now along with having his name on the Stanley Cup three times, he is now a Conn Smythe Trophy winner. One of the most clutch players to ever play the game, Williams has come up big time after time for the Kings. He scored the opening goal last night as well as the overtime winner in game one.

Robyn Regehr finally got the opportunity to lift the Cup, after just missing out in 2004 when Daryl Sutter coached him with the Calgary Flames. It was also a touching moment as after captain Dustin Brown lifted the Cup, he turned and searched for Regehr, who is a veteran of over 1,000 NHL regular season games.

A great article on Rink Royalty, looking at the Kings’ place in Los Angeles, and after being overlooked for so long they are finally the Kings of their city.

The rumor that Ilya Kovalchuk was eyeing a return to the NHL has been pretty much shot down.

Too Many Men On The Site looks at how the Florida Panthers are in the driver’s seat at the upcoming draft with the first overall pick.

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