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We now interrupt the hockey playoffs for ... what?

In all the excitement of another Orioles defeat, the NBA draft lottery and the outrage over Clinton Portis' views on the historical relationship between man and domestic creatures, we forgot to note that the Anaheim Ducks beat the Detroit Red Wings last night, 4-3, to win their NHL Western Conference finals, 4 games to 2.

This sets up a Stanley Cup showdown between Anaheim and Ottawa, where the Senators will try to become the first Canadian team to capture the Cup since the 1992-93 Montreal Canadiens. If Anaheim wins, it will be the third championship in a row for a team from a distinctly non-hockey area (Carolina and Tampa Bay won the last two).

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Hard to imagine that outside of Southern California many sports fans in the U.S. will pay much attention, but at least folks north of the border will have some rooting interest.

What is a little goofy about all this is that there is a six-day layoff before the Stanley Cup finals begin on May 28.

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