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Wayne Gretzky Thrills Fans Prior To Game 3 (Video)

Among fans of the vast majority of professional sports leagues throughout the world, debate continually rages regarding who is the very best player ever to don a uniform in that chosen association. The National Hockey League stands as one of the very few entities where this age-old discussion is pretty much nonexistent.

For fans of the frozen game, the argument starts and ends with the man known as the “Great One,” the one and only Wayne Gretzky.

Mark Messier Entering Arena Before Game 3 (Video)

Very few players in the history of North American sports have led teams to championships in both Canada and the United States. Mark Messier is one of those rare athletes.

The Edmonton native was the second best player (behind Wayne Gretzky) on four Stanley Cup winning Oiler teams, before serving as the undisputed leader of a fifth Edmonton title team, which took place after Gretzky had taken his talents to Southern California.

Bettman, Gasol, Will Ferrell & LL Cool J Entering Game 3 In LA (Video)

Bettman, Gasol, Will Ferrell & LL Cool J Entering Game 3 In LA In addition to chronicling the presence of NHL legends Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier, prior to Game 3 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals, iFolloSports.com amassed video of figures from the worlds of athletics and entertainment, as they entered Staples Ce

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Kings Making More History Courtesy Of Overtime Wins

2012 marks the first time since 1951 that the first two games in the Stanley Cup Finals have gone into an extra periodMonday night, the Los Angeles Kings host the New Jersey Devils in Game 3 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals. The Kings lead the series 2-0, after Jeff Carter's overtime goal in Game 2 propelled LA to a 2-1 victory.

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Winning Game 1 Is A Big Deal In The Cup Finals

Stanley Cup Game 1 winner wins 76 percent of the timeSaturday night, the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils battle in Game 2 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals. The Kings 2-1 overtime victory in Game 1 places them firmly in the driver seat, since teams that win Game 1 of the finals go on to win the series 76 percent of the time.

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The Kings Must Love Life On The Road

Kings win first nine playoff gamesWednesday night, the Los Angeles Kings took Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, defeating the New Jersey Devils 2-1, on a thrilling overtime goal by Anze Kopitar.

With the victory, the Kings are now 3-0 in overtime games in the 2012 postseason, having also won their first nine road playoff games, setting an NHL record.

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Devils & Kings Enter The Finals From Far Different Perspectives

Devils & Kings Enter The Finals From Far Different PerspectivesWednesday, the New Jersey Devils host the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals. This will be New Jersey's fifth championship round appearance since 1995. The organization has won the Stanley Cup on three of those occasions.

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Rangers & Devils Bringing Back Memories Of 1994

Mark Messier guaranteeMonday night, the New Jersey Devils host the New York Rangers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, with the favored Rangers leading the series 2-1.

This is the sixth time that the New York area's “Hudson River Rivalry” has been played in the NHL's postseason.

The Rangers have won four of the previous five meetings.

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NHL GM May Need To Enroll In Medical School

Dale Tallon and playoff beardsSportswriter Ian Hamilton of the Regina (Saskatchewan) Leader-Post had a funny take on Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon's opinion of playoff beards.

"I hope our guys end up with beards all the way down to their asses," opined Tallon.

Commented Hamilton:  "OK, so anatomy isn't his strong suit." 

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NHL GM May Need To Enroll In Medical School

Dale Tallon and playoff beardsSportswriter Ian Hamilton of the Regina (Saskatchewan) Leader-Post had a funny take on Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon's opinion of playoff beards.

"I hope our guys end up with beards all the way down to their asses," opined Tallon.

Commented Hamilton:  "OK, so anatomy isn't his strong suit." 

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Mike Richards Embracing The LA Lifestyle (Video)

Last June, in one of the more shocking developments of the NHL offseason, the Philadelphia Flyers traded team captain Mike Richards to the Los Angeles Kings, in a multi player deal that included right wing Wayne Simmonds.

After six noteworthy years in Philly, where he averaged 24 goals and 38 assists per season, the man known for his spirited nature, both on and off the ice, was about to get a fresh start on the complete other side of the country.

Anze Kopitar Loved By LA Hockey Fans (Video)

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar has emerged as the best player on the LA roster over the last few years. The three-time Bill Libby Memorial Award winner (Kings Season MVP) is poised to take home the honor for a fourth time, after leading the club with 25 goals and 51 assists once again this season.

The 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Draft has led the Kings in goals each of the previous five seasons.

Drew Doughty's MLB Loyalty Remains In CAN (Video)

Los Angeles Kings defensemen Drew Doughty was the second overall pick in the 2008 NHL Draft. Three years later, the Kings awarded Doughty an 8-year/$56 million contract.

It appears safe to say that the LA front office has been more than thrilled with how their decision to select Doughty has turned out.

Up Close Look At Canucks Off Day Practice In LA (Videos)

Henrik Sedin and Canucks Off Day Practice in LA Coming off of last season's disappointing loss to the Boston Bruins in a hard fought seven-game Stanley Cup Finals series, the Vancouver Canucks did not miss a beat during this regular season, posting an NHL leading 118 points, while earning the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

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An Unusual Tribute At A Recent Vancouver Canucks Game

Salmon tossing honors Garrett Paquette in VancouverDiehard hockey fans traditionally have been known to toss sea creatures onto the ice, with the most notable example being the famous octopi of Detroit. In recent months, Vancouver Canucks followers may have set the bar a bit higher by conceiving a brand new tradition.

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What Did Philly Fans Boo This Time?

Philadelphia fans boo "Hockey Fights Cancer"Philadelphia fans have a much deserved reputation for their impolite behavior, including cheering when opponents are injured and booing Santa Claus. But, this recent display may be their worst-ever. 

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The Blame Game Continues In Vancouver

Vancouver City Council blames NHL for Vancouver riotsWe all remember video of the rioting in Vancouver after the Canucks lost to Boston in the Stanley Cup Final. The hooliganism, carried out by mostly intoxicated fans, was one of the most embarrassing events ever to take place in a beautiful city that had recently hosted a successful (and peaceful) Winter Olympic Games in 2010.

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The Stanley Cup Takes A Spill (Video)

Stanley Cup falls in Bonavista NewfoundlandEach year, the team who wins the Stanley Cup possesses the trophy until a new team is crowned NHL champion. During this offseason, the Boston Bruins are the proud holders of Lord Stanley's Cup.

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BOS & VAN Have Lived At 35,000 Feet This Series

airplaneAs the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks lock up in the deciding game of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, it's amazing to consider the amount of time both teams have spent on airplanes, since the series began a little more than two weeks ago. With a city-to-city distance of approximately 2,500 miles and the NHL's 2-2-1-1-1 series travel format, the finalists have actually spent far more time in the air than on the ice.

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Vancouver Canucks Have History On Their Side

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