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Hockeys Holy Grail is up for grabs beginning tonight as the sixth-seeded New Jersey Devils and eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings face off in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final from the Prudential Center. You can listen to the broadcast on TSN Radio 990 in Montreal, the TEAM 1410 in Vancouver and the TEAM 1200 in Ottawa. Also, interact with the TSN Community and get updates with TSN.cas Game Night blog beginning at 8pm et/5pm pt. After going seven games with the Florida Panthers in the opening round, the Devils eliminated the fifth-seeded Philadelphia Flyers in five games before taking out the top-seeded New York Rangers in six games to win the Eastern Conference title. The Kings compiled a 12-2 record on their road to the Stanley Cup Final while defeating the Western Conferences top three seeds - Vancouver, St. Louis and Phoenix. Along the way, they posted an 8-0 road record and have outscored their opposition by a 41-22 margin. The matchup marks the first-ever playoff battle between the Devils and Kings. The two clubs faced each other twice this season with New Jersey winning the pair of meetings in October. Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise and Travis Zajac lead the Devils with seven goals apiece in the playoffs. Kovalchuk is leading the league with 18 points, Parise is next on the team with 14 and Zajac is third with 12 points. The Kings have received goals from 15 different players. The top line of Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Justin Williams have combined to record 15 goals and 42 points in the playoffs. Another formidable line for the Kings has been the unit of Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and Dustin Penner. Both Richards and Carter have four goals each in this postseason, while Penner has three goals and 10 points. In goal, the Devils will look to 40-year-old Martin Brodeur, while the Kings counter with 26-year-old Jonathan Quick. Quick leads all playoff goalies in goals-against average (1.54) and save percentage (.946). Brodeur, the future Hall of Famer, sports a 2.04 GAA and .923 SV%. The Devils are chasing their fourth Stanley Cup title while the Kings are making just their second Cup Final appearance and looking for their first title, having lost to the Montreal Canadiens in 1993. Game 2 goes Saturday at 8pm et/5pm pt from New Jersey before the series shifts to the West Coast for Games 3 and 4. Dr Dre Beats Headphones . The Marauders (6-0) once again received 29 first-place votes and 299 points from the 30-member FRC panel, with the remaining first-place nod going to the Calgary Dinos (5-0), who earned 268 points to remain comfortably in second place for the fifth consecutive week. Cheap Dr Dre Beats Headphones UK . The Impact looked to be cruising to a win after Marco Di Vaios Major League Soccer-leading 18th goal in the 23rd minute when the crafty Federico Higuain went to work, setting up a pair of second-half goals in the Crews 2-1 comeback victory on Saturday afternoon. . -- Sylvie Robichauds New Brunswick rink remained undefeated at the Canadian mixed curling championship after an 11-3 win over Scott Hamiltons Yukon team Saturday. Cheap Dr Dre Beats UK . Moores civil lawsuit for damages and lost wages stems from an incident during a game on March 8, 2004, in Vancouver between the Canucks and the Colorado Avalanche. Bertuzzi, then with the Canucks, attacked Colorados Moore from behind and punched him in the side of the head, driving him to the ice. Dr Dre Beats Headphones UK . Nugent, an Ohio native who was set to become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday, has been with the Bengals for the past three seasons although questions arose over his future in Cincinnati when he missed the last five games of the 2012 season, including the Bengals wild card playoff loss at Houston, with an injured right calf. Game Two: New York - Mike Pelfrey (0-1, 10.80) Atlanta - Jair Jurrjens (0-0, 0.00) (Sports Network) - Both the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets began the season with hopes of contending for the National League East title, but slow starts now have both teams just trying to right the ship. The Mets aim to snap a five-game slide and the Braves try to avoid a fifth loss in six games when the teams play a doubleheader this afternoon at Turner Field. The two clubs were to start the three-game series on Friday, but rain made this a twinbill. Atlanta is coming off a season in which it captured the National League Wild Card to reach the postseason for the first time since 2005, but has just two wins in its past nine games and sits fourth in the division at 5-8. That is one game ahead of New York, which is 4-9 thanks to its slide. Starting fast hasnt been an issue for Atlanta, which has won the first game of each of its four series this season. However, the Braves have won just one of those, a three-game set from the Nationals on March 31-April 3 to begin the season. The Braves kicked off a three-game series against the Marlins with a 5-0 win on Tuesday, but then dropped games of 5-1 and 6-5. Thursdays one-run loss was charged to the bullpen after Eric OFlaherty gave up the go-ahead run in the seventh inning. Starter Brandon Beachy yielded five runs over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision. I definitely learned these last two starts, something thats already known, that I dont start the quickest, Beachy admitted. It takes me an inning or two to get going. When I can settle down, I know its going to be a good day. I need to have pitches, especially my breaking ball there from the first inning. Brian McCann connected on a three-run homer, while Dan Uggla hit his third home run of the season in the loss. All three of Ugglas homers have been of the solo variety and he is batting just .160 on the season. Atlanta will try to give starter Derek Lowe some support, something it has failed to do in his past two starts. The right-handed Lowe has dropped consecutive outings to Milwaukee and Philadelphia despite giving up three runs in 13 innings over that span. Atlanta, though, was shut out in both games, including Lowes Sunday start versus the Phillies in which he gave up two runs on seven hits without a walk over seven innings while falling to 1-2 with a 1.45 earned run average. Lowe, 37, is 6-2 with a 1.dddddddddddd.29 ERA over his last eight regular season starts and went 1-2 with a 2.96 ERA in four starts against the Mets last year. He may be catching New York at a good time as it is coming off a four-game sweep at the hands of Colorado. That includes going winless in Thursdays doubleheader, dropping the first game 6-5 for its third straight one-run loss before a 9-4 setback in the backend. New York grabbed early leads in both games, but failed to hold on and has lost eight of nine. Our team has been doing such a good job giving us early leads, said Game 2 starter Chris Capuano. I gave a couple of leads away and thats upsetting for a starting pitcher. With starter Chris Young having his start pushed back until Sunday due to right biceps tendinitis, reliever D.J. Carrasco will draw his first start since 2009 today. That start was the lone that season for Carrasco, who did make 20 with the Royals in 2005. The right-hander isnt sure how long he can pitch, but New York manager Terry Collins estimated hell max out at about 75-80 pitches. I cant really answer how long its going to take me to run out of gas, Carrasco told New Yorks website. It just depends how well Im pitching that day. Still, it could be a long day for Collins given that his bullpen is 1-3 with a 4.79 ERA this season, ahead of only Arizona (6.17 ERA) in the NL. The starters for Game 2 will be Mike Pelfrey for the Mets and Jair Jurrjens for Atlanta. Its been rough going for Pelfrey, who has given up a total of 14 earned runs in 11 2/3 innings this season. He yielded six hits and four runs -- three earned -- in a no-decision against the Rockies on Monday. Hes 4-8 with a 5.56 ERA lifetime against the Braves. Jurrjens will come off the disabled list to make his first start of the season. The righty, who has been out with a right oblique strain, has sparkled with a 7-2 mark and 2.81 ERA in 10 career starts vs. the Mets. He went 7-6 with a 4.64 ERA in 20 overall starts during the 2010 campaign. New York shortstop Jose Reyes went 3-for-9 in Thursdays doubleheader, hitting his first homer of the season in the first game and driving in a total of three runs. He has hit in 12 straight and is batting .328 on the season. Outfielder Angel Pagan, though, was 0-for-7 in the twinbill and is hitting just .188 on the season. Atlanta won 11 of 18 over New York last year, prevailing in seven of the final eight matchups as well as six of nine at Turner Field. ' ' '
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