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N.Y.-L.A. rivalry resumes as Kings join Rangers in Stanley Cup final

By John Vogl

Coast-to-coast action awaits as the nation's two largest cities resume their once-bitter rivalry.

Los Angeles secured its spot in the Stanley Cup final Sunday with a Game Seven, overtime victory in Chicago. The Kings ended the thrilling series with the Blackhawks, 5-4, when Alec Martinez's point shot redirected off Chicago defenseman Nick Leddy and found the net with 5:47 gone.

Los Angeles has won Game Seven in all three of its playoff series this year.

"It's just a trust system in this room as the result of being together for hundreds of games," Kings captain Dustin Brown said. "Climbing the hill once. Then trying to do it again. We know what to expect and we expect a lot from each other."

Patrick Sharp had two goals and Patrick Kane added two assists for Chicago, which led three times Sunday night at home -- 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3.

"This was a tough way to go down. This one's going to sting for a while," Chicago captain Jonathan Toews said.

New York will travel to L.A. to open the final Wednesday.

2014 STANLEY CUP FINAL SCHEDULE

Game One    Rangers at Kings     Wednesday
Game Two    Rangers at Kings     Saturday
Game Three    Kings at Rangers     Next Monday
Game Four    Kings at Rangers     Wednesday, June 11
*Game Five    Rangers at Kings     Friday, June 13
*Game Six    Kings at Rangers     Monday, June 16
*Game Seven   Rangers at Kings     Wednesday, June 18
* if necessary

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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