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Crosby still a Kid at heart

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PITTSBURGH -- Because it rhymes and because he was a baby-faced 18 when he made his NHL debut, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby always will be known as Sid the Kid. But in hockey terms, he's no youngster anymore.

Crosby will be 29 in August. He's now the adult in the room, though his passion for hockey -- so childlike in its focus -- ...Read more

Hitchcock says 2016-17 will be his last season after signing one-year extension with Blues

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The Blues officially announced Tuesday that Ken Hitchcock will be back in 2016-17 on a one-year contract extension, and then the head coach made known that it will be his last season in the NHL.

"I'm telling you right now, this is my last one-year deal," Hitchcock said. "I'm not coaching after this year. This is it. So I'm done.

"I don't know ...Read more

For Sharks, Game 2 almost a must-win

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PITTSBURGH -- Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday is not a must-win for the Sharks. But considering the Sharks' own organizational history, and that of the Cup final itself, it comes pretty close.

The Sharks, who lost the Cup final opener 3-2 to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, are 0 for 10 in their history when they trail a series 2...Read more

Former Blackhawk Tom Lysiak dies after battle with leukemia

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Tom Lysiak, a former NHL All-Star who played with the Blackhawks from 1979 until his retirement in 1986, died Monday after a lengthy battle with leukemia, Lysiak's daughter Jesse told the team's official website.

He was 63.

Lysiak, a center, played parts of six seasons with the Atlanta Flames before he was traded to the Hawks during the 1978-...Read more

NHL: Sharks' Marleau will not face more discipline for Bryan Rust hit

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San Jose forward Patrick Marleau will not face supplemental discipline for his hit to the head of Penguins winger Bryan Rust during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.

A league official confirmed Tuesday morning that Marleau will not have a hearing with the league's Department of Player Safety.

Marleau was assessed a minor penalty...Read more

Sharks lose Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final on late Penguins' goal

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PITTSBURGH -- The Sharks found out just how fast the Pittsburgh Penguins really are Monday night in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, and how fast their fortunes can change.

Nick Bonino scored an even strength goal with 2:33 to go in the third period as the Penguins struck first in the series with a 3-2 win over the Sharks before raucous, sold ...Read more

Why Penguins' playoff success bodes well for Blackhawks

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Everyone in the NHL knew the 2015-16 season would be a hard one for the Blackhawks, who had to make several tough roster choices with $10.5 million-per-year extensions kicking in for Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

But the Hawks weren't alone in going through salary-cap hell. Keeping them company were the Penguins, who took the NHL by surprise...Read more

Penguins strike first, winning Stanley Cup final Game 1 against the Sharks, 3-2

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PITTSBURGH -- A lot of people wondered whether Nick Bonino would even be in the Penguins' lineup for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday.

After all, he'd been hobbled when he blocked a shot late in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final four nights earlier, and didn't practice Saturday or Sunday.

Well, Bonino not only started Game 1, he ...Read more

NHL might not participate in 2018 Winter Olympics

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PITTSBURGH -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday the league's participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics is in doubt unless the International Olympic Committee reverses its sentiment that travel and insurance costs should not be subsidized by the body for any sport.

In past years, the IOC and the International Ice Hockey Federation have ...Read more

NHL commissioner: 'No urgency' with potential Penguins sale

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It has been a year since the Penguins ownership of Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle began to explore their options with the sale of the franchise, but NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday that any prospective sale is not close to happening anytime soon.

"My understanding is there is no urgency or immediacy," Bettman said at a news conference ...Read more

Stanley Cup preview: How the Penguins and Sharks match up

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Pittsburgh Penguins (48-26-8, 104 points) vs. San Jose Sharks (46-30-6, 98 points)

How they got here:

The Penguins defeated the New York Rangers in five games, the Washington Capitals in six, and the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven.

The Sharks defeated the Los Angeles Kings in five games, the Nashville Predators in seven, and the St. Louis Blues...Read more

Former Shark player Mike Sullivan now leads the Penguins as coach

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PITTSBURGH -- Normally stoic Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan smiled Sunday when asked what his feelings were about competing for the Stanley Cup against the Sharks, the team that he broke into the NHL with.

"To have the opportunity to play in the Stanley Cup Final is a great thrill. I think it's the hardest trophy in sports to win," ...Read more

Familiarity breeds contempt? That would explain a lot going into Stanley Cup Final

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The hatred will come, eventually.

Probably in 55-gallon drums.

And perhaps before too much longer.

"Probably when you see those guys in warm-ups," Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist said Saturday.

Hornqvist was smiling -- and likely joking -- but the animus that figures to help fuel the Stanley Cup Final between the Penguins and the ...Read more

Sharks' Thornton has fond memories of Penguins' coach Sullivan

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The paths of Joe Thornton and Mike Sullivan are crossing again as the Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins prepare to meet in the Stanley Cup Final.

Sullivan, the Penguins' coach, played with Thornton during the veteran's rookie season with the Boston Bruins in 1997. A member of the inaugural Sharks team in the 1991-92 season, ...Read more

Wild's Zach Parise says rehab from back injury going well

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Zach Parise said his rehabilitation from a season-ending back injury is progressing well.

Parise, at a charity event Thursday organized by Wild teammate Jared Spurgeon and his wife, Danielle, to raise money for victims of the Alberta fires, said he's already skating and working out. Parise, the Wild's leading goal scorer, was unable to play in ...Read more

Red Wings re-sign Tomas Nosek for 2 years

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The Detroit Red Wings have locked up one of their biggest prospects in Tomas Nosek.

Nosek, who made a brief appearance in Detroit this past season, will make $575,000 next season if he is with the Wings, or $175,000 with Grand Rapids (he has one year left of waiver exemption). His salary for 2017-18 is $650,000.

Nosek, 23 -- who hails from the...Read more

Penguins advance to Stanley Cup Final with 2-1 win against Lightning in Game 7

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PITTSBURGH -- It seemed like forever since the Penguins had won a Game 7 on home ice.

Actually, it was just 21 years.

It doesn't matter now, though, because they snapped that streak with a 2-1 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final on Thursday night at Consol Energy Center.

The victory puts the Penguins into the ...Read more

Red Wings acquire 'NHL prospect' Dylan Sadowy from Sharks

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When Dylan Sadowy's name was brought up, there was consensus within the Detroit Red Wings front office he was a player worth pursuing.

Sadowy, 20, is turning pro after back-to-back 40-goal seasons in the Ontario Hockey League, most of that spent with the Saginaw Spirit, which afforded numerous Wings personnel the chance to see him.

When there ...Read more

Joe Thornton's wait to reach Stanley Cup final ends at 1,356 games

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Joe Thornton, carrying a tie in his right hand, was on his way to his press conference late Wednesday night when he made a sudden detour.

The Sharks star veered into the family waiting area, stepping past the ropes of a hallway at SAP Center to find his wife, Tabea Pfendsack. She'd been waiting a long time for this, too.

...Read more

Sharks knock off Blues, advance to Stanley Cup final

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The roar started in the third period. The sold out home crowd, who had waited a generation for this moment, rose up in unison to begin the countdown on the biggest win in Sharks franchise history.

Finally, after 25 years, the moment they waited for had arrived.

Joel Ward scored twice and Martin Jones made 24 saves as the ...Read more