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Continued: Russo's NHL Insider: Gaborik's journey takes him to Stanley Cup Final

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 4, 2014 - 6:54 AM

And it has the glitz and glamour of the major markets from each coast.

Stars come out

Back when Wayne Gretzky landed in Hollywood from Edmonton, Kings games were a place to be seen for celebrities. It’s that way again with Colin Hanks, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Alyssa Milano and David Beckham often flocking to Staples Center.

Like in 1994 when the Rangers won their first Stanley Cup in 54 years, the newly-renovated Madison Square Garden is again a place for star sighting. Jason Bateman, Jimmy Fallon, Liam Neeson and Susan Sarandon have spent the spring attending Rangers games, as well as former and current athletes such as John McEnroe, Matt Harvey, Boomer Esiason and Justin Tuck.

It’ll be fun to see which other celebs come out of the woodwork and jump on each bandwagon.

It’ll also be fun to see if the Stanley Cup Final can live up to the drama of an incredible Western Conference finals between the Kings and Blackhawks.

That exhilarating back-and-forth, up-and-down series was hockey entertainment at its finest.

The Kings, as long as fatigue doesn’t disable them against the fresher Rangers, should be in the driver’s seat. They are a better team than when they won it all in 2012.

“I know one thing, they find a way, L.A.,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Sunday night. “They’re never out of a hockey game, they’re never out of a series. They’re dangerous.”

 

Michael Russo michael.russo@startribune.com

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