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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.

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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

Penguins defeat Lightning, 5-2, to force Game 7

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TAMPA, Fla. -- The Penguins have lost their past five Games 7 on home ice.

That historical nugget probably isn't troubling them much, however, now that they'll have a chance to break that streak -- and to secure a place in the Stanley Cup final -- Thursday night.

They defeated Tampa Bay, 5-2, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final at Amalie...Read more

Elliott will start in goal for Blues in Game 6 vs. Sharks

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Brian Elliott will start in goal for the Blues in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday in San Jose, Calif.

Elliott started the first 17 games of the playoffs -- all seven against Chicago and Dallas and the first four of the San Jose series -- before giving way to Jake Allen in Game 4. The Blues lost that game 6-3 and the Sharks ...Read more

Sharks one win away from first Stanley Cup Final; defeat Blues, 6-3

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ST. LOUIS -- Joe Pavelski said it was going to take everybody if the Sharks were going to get the result they wanted in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final against the St. Louis Blues.

But when the game reached its most critical juncture Monday, everybody turned to him.

Pavelski scored the tying goal on the power play late in the second ...Read more

Penguins' Evgeni Malkin: 'We're coming back to Pittsburgh for sure'

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While Penguins coach Mike Sullivan offered little clarity on his goaltending situation as the team departed for Tampa, Fla., Monday morning, center Evgeni Malkin did provide a concrete prediction on the bigger picture.

"I believe in my team, I believe in myself," Malkin said. "We're coming back to Pittsburgh for sure."

To be clear, Malkin ...Read more

Penguins lose Game 5 to Lightning in overtime, 4-3

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PITTSBURGH -- The Penguins made it through the first 97 games of the regular season and playoffs without losing a game they led after two periods.

Unfortunately for them, their game against Tampa Bay on Sunday night at Consol Energy Center was No. 98.

And now they are 46-1 when they're in front at the end of 40 minutes.

The Lightning rallied ...Read more

Pavel Datsyuk's fate with Red Wings should be known by mid June

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Pavel Datsyuk had a big hand in Russia winning bronze at the World Championship. Detroit Red Wings teammate Dylan Larkin left empty handed.

What happens next for Datsyuk should emerge between June 6-16, his agent tells the Detroit Free Press.

Datsyuk assisted on three goals in a 7-2 victory over Larkin and the U.S. in Moscow. Larkin finished ...Read more

Blues' Allen stays in goal; no update on injured, including Backes

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After making 31 saves and picking up a 6-3 win Saturday, Jake Allen will remain the Blues' starting goalie for Game 5 Monday.

"Yeah, Jake is going to play tomorrow," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock announced Sunday afternoon. "I am comfortable with either guy, but I woke up this morning and talked to the coaches again and decided to go with Jake."

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Fleury to start for Penguins against Tampa Bay in Game 5

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PITTSBURGH -- The Penguins' lineup will have a radically different look for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final against Tampa Bay on Sunday night at Consol Energy Center.

Marc-Andre Fleury will be in goal, defenseman Trevor Daley will be in street clothes and right winger Beau Bennett apparently will be on the left side on the No. 1 line.

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Blues bounce back with 6-3 win over Sharks, even series at 2 games apiece

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Whatever it was, turning to goaltender Jake Allen and switching up the line combinations, it worked for the Blues in Game 4.

A team that had been dominated by San Jose in Game Nos. 2-3, shut out in both, woke up with 6-3 win over the Sharks at the SAP Center Saturday.

The best-of-seven series looked like it was on the verge...Read more

Penguins' rally falls short in 4-3 loss to Lightning

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Losing Game 4 was the easy part for the Penguins.

That's how they made it look for much of Friday, anyway.

What might be considerably more difficult is deciding which goaltender to start when the Eastern Conference final shifts back to Consol Energy Center Sunday night.

Marc-Andre Fleury, long the Penguins' franchise goalie, ...Read more