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ANIMATED: Hard Hits From Game 1 Of The Stanley Cup Finals

The Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils are quite the equally matched squads this year, and are proving it during the first game of the 2012 Stanley Cup finals. These two teams came to play this evening, making sure to make some statements with their proverbial whoopin' sticks at the Prudential Center in Newark.

Make the jump to see for yourself.

I don't think this is legal, but then again it is the finals:



Oh well, the Devils are going to get theirs too:





The hits just keep on coming (and apparently some tripping as well):



Looks like we're in for a physical series seeing that this is just game one.

For more in depth discussion and analysis of the Los Angeles Kings, make sure to check out Jewels From The Crown and SB Nation Los Angeles. For the Devils side of the story In Lou We Trust.

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