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Devils, Kings Set For Unlikely Stanley Cup Final

A little less than two years after battling for the services of high-scoring free agent forward Ilya Kovalchuk, the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings are going after a bigger prize — the Stanley Cup.

Stephen Dunn, Getty Images

To tell the truth, hardly anyone picked the Devils and Kings to get this far. The odds were lottery like.

Led by Kovalchuk and a 40-year-old Martin Brodeur, the Devils are just the second No. 6 seed to reach the final. The 2004 Calgary Flames were the other.

Riding the goaltending of Jonathan Quick, the Kings overcame even bigger odds. They are only the second No. 8 seed to make it since the conference-based playoff format was introduced in 1993-94. The Edmonton Oilers were the first in 2006.

Game 1 is Wednesday night in Newark.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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