The Los Angeles Kings are one win away from lifting the Stanley Cup, Wayne Gretzky joined Hockey Night In Canada, Elliotte Friedman looked at the Tim Thomas situation in Boston, plus more in your top five NHL stories from Monday:
1. The Stanley Cup will be at the Staples Center on Wednesday, but whether it makes it on to the ice is up to the Los Angeles Kings. Jonathan Quick blanked the New Jersey Devils, while Anze Kopitar's bullet helped seal a 4-0 win for a commanding 3-0 series lead. The Kings' goalie is senior hockey writer Tim Wharnsby's pick for MVP, but says Los Angeles boasts an ultimate team.
2. There were a trio of off-ice moves of note involving teams not currently battling for the Stanley Cup: the Montreal Canadiens appear set to name Michel Therrien their "new" coach (much to the dismay of some in the Twitterverse), goalie Tomas Vokoun signed a two-year deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and top prospect Nail Yakupov visited with the Edmonton Oilers, the team holding the first overall pick in this year's entry draft.
3. Shoot the puck! That was the underlying message during the latest installment of Coach's Corner. Don Cherry said if the Devils want to get back in the series, they need to stop passing up chances to put the puck on net.
4. The Great One joined Hockey Night In Canada during Game 3. Wayne Gretzky sat down with Ron MacLean to talk about the Kings' magical run to the Cup final as well as No. 99's time in Los Angeles.
5.Hockey Night In Canada's Elliotte Friedman examined Tim Thomas's unique decision to sit out a season in the latest edition of the 30 Thoughts blog. Also up for discussion is the NHL's drug policy, the Tomas Vokoun deal, and the latest on the Phoenix Coyotes ownership situation.