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-A goal and two assists by captain Dustin Brown led the Kings to a 6-1 series-clinching win against the Devils in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. Jeff Carter and Trevor Lewis each scored two goals for Los Angeles while teammates Drew Doughty, Dwight King and Mike Richards each recorded two assists. Jonathan Quick made 17 saves in the victory for the Kings who won the series, 4-2, and claimed the first Stanley Cup title in franchise history.
-The final two and half minutes of the game, the handshake line and the Conn Smythe Trophy and Stanley Cup presentations:
-Former Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi is a Stanley Cup champion for the second time in his career:
-Kings executive and former Penguins forward Luc Robitaille is a champion once again as well:
-Quick won the Conn Smythe Trophy.
-“It still feels light as a feather." - Scuderi on the Stanley Cup.
-There have been preliminary talks in advance of negotiations between the Penguins and Sidney Crosby's agent.
-"He's [Crosby]. You know, it's a risk, but it's a risk you take. I'm sure his injuries are a sensitive subject, but the Penguins have the medical reports. They know him better than anyone else." - An anonymous NHL general manager on the potential of signing Crosby (right) to a long-term deal despite his injury history.
-Former Penguins defenseman Martin Strbak has joined Rögle of Sweden's Elitserien.
-The Bruins re-signed forwards Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell. Kelly signed a four-year contract worth a total of 12 million and will have a salary cap hit of $4 million. In 82 games this past season, Kelly, 31, scored 39 points (20 goals, 19 assists). Campbell signed three-year contract worth a total of $4.8 million and will have a salary cap hit of $1.6 million. In 78 games this past season, Campbell, 28, scored 16 points (eight goals, eight assists).
-The Pirates signed catcher Wyatt Mathisen, their second-round pick in this year's draft.
-"You're playing the odds that are heavily weighted in your favor of getting your guys in an area where the ball's going to be hit. When you start talking about 80, 85 percent, you've got to go there." - Clint Hurdle on using the infield shift.
-The minor league report.
-The Dodgers are on the verge of signing Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier to a five-year contract worth $85 million.
-The Seahawks will give former Pitt wide receiver Antonio Bryant (right) a tryout.
-The Dolphins signed former Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocino.
-The Bengals signed their third round pick, wide receiver Mohamed Sanu.
-The Cardinals signed their first-round pick, wide receiver Michael Floyd.
-Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson was suspended three games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
-The Jerry Sandusky trial begins.
-Game 1 of the NBA Finals begins tonight.
-Rafael Nadal defeats Novak Djokovic in the French Open men's final.
(Photos: Devils/Kings and Bryant-Getty Images; Crosby-Paul Bereswill/Getty Images; Bryant-xxx)
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