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Five storylines for Stanley Cup finals

Updated: May 28, 2012, 4:52 AM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

1. Ilya Kovalchuk against his almost team You wonder just how things would have worked out differently in the summer of 2010 had Kovalchuk taken less to play for the Kings instead of the Devils. But, of course, he didn't. It feels like just yesterday that Kovalchuk flew to L.A. to meet with GM Dean Lombardi and others in the organization during the Kings' attempt to lure him west. Truth is, while ownership was gaga for Kovalchuk, the GM wasn't crazy about the kind of terms that would be required ...

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