It may have taken 42 calendar days of playoff hockey, but the Los Angeles Kings booked their spot in the Stanley Cup final on Tuesday night following Dustin Penner's overtime goal against the Phoenix Coyotes.
Here are your top five stories from Tuesday:
1. It took a little extra time, but the Los Angeles Kings are heading to the Stanley Cup final. Penner's goal at 17:42 of overtime sealed a five-game series win over the Coyotes, who were still steaming from a collision between L.A. captain Dustin Brown and Phoenix defenceman Michal Roszival just prior to the deciding goal. The win keeps the Kings (12-2) undefeated on the road in the post-season, going a perfect 8-0.
2. The Kings may be the first through to the final round, but they will head East for Game 1 of the Cup final. On May 30, either the New York Rangers or New Jersey Devils will host the Kings and hold home-ice advantage based on their superior point totals from the regular season. Meanwhile, the shouting match between Devils coach Peter DeBoer and Rangers coach John Tortorella was a topic on Hockey Night In Canada Radio. Analyst Mike Milbury said the New York's bench boss knew exactly what he was doing.
3. While the Blue Jays fell to Carlos Pena and the Tampa Bay Rays in the second game of their series, at least one of their pitchers got some good news. Tests indicate that an infection in the throwing shoulder of Jesse Litsch, described days earlier by the right-hander as "career threatening," is gone.
4. A pair of Canadian athletes spoke with CBC about their Olympic dreams on Tuesday. Boxer Mary Spencer is waiting to hear whether or not she will be competing in London in July, while hurdler Phylicia George blogged about her experiences in the Diamond League and explains how much travel is a part of a Canadian summer sport athlete's life.
5. Ryder Hesjedal remains in second place in the Giro D'Italia. The 31-year-old cyclist from Victoria, B.C. has had two stints in the leader's pink jersey in the race that wraps up in Milan on Sunday.
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