06/02/2012 01:04 EDT | Updated 08/01/2012 05:12 EDT

5 stories, including Kings-Devils gearing up for Game 2

The Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils are looking forward to squaring off in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final, a veteran lefty had the St. Louis Cardinals whiffing, the Toronto Blue Jays suffered a beat-down at the hands of the Boston Red Sox and Tim Thomas may pull another snub — but this time it's not the White House. All of that plus more in Friday's five must-read stories.

1. With an extra off-day after a Game 1 win over the Devils in the Cup final Wednesday, head coach Darryl Sutter and his Kings squad are itching to get Game 2 started (Saturday, CBC,, 8 p.m. ET). With names like Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Jonathan Quick garnering most of the attention, though, senior hockey writer Tim Wharnsby writes that Justin Williams has stepped into the role of unsung hero.

2. Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas's name has crept into the headlines again. The two-time Vezina trophy winner, who chose to stay home from the team's ceremonious visit to the White House earlier this year (to honour their Stanley Cup win from last season), may take a sabbatical from the upcoming campaign too. But it's not much of a surprise to analyst Mike Milbury, who told Hockey Night in Canada Radio he thought the 38-year-old's decision was weird, but that's nothing out of the ordinary for Thomas.

3. It took 8,020 franchise games, but Johan Santana etched his name in baseball lore by becoming the first pitcher in New York Mets history to throw a no-hitter. The 33-year-old former Cy Young Award winner left the St. Louis Cardinals guessing, throwing 134 pitches in just his 11th start since missing last year after shoulder surgery.

4. The Toronto Blue Jays kicked off their three-game set at Rogers Centre against the Boston Red Sox with a lopsided 7-2 loss. Sporting an ERA of 7.19 entering the contest, Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz had relatively little trouble with the Blue Jays' bats in giving up seven hits and two earned runs over eight strong innings.

5. The Toronto Marlies' power play had a weak showing in Game 1 of the Calder Cup final. With no goals in 10 opportunities with the man advantage, the Marlies fell 3-1 to the Norfolk Admirals in the AHL's championship series. Playing without injured forwards Nazem Kadri, Matt Frattin and Mike Zigomanis, Toronto couldn't overcome the scoring of Cory Conacher and Tyler Johnson, who each had a goal and an assist for Norfolk.