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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

Blues will start goalie Allen in Game 4

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Blues will be making a goaltending change for Game 4 in the Western Conference final.

Jake Allen will make his first start in the postseason, replacing Brian Elliott, the club announced Friday.

After a 3-0 loss to the Sharks in Game 3, in which Elliott was pulled after allowing three goals on 14 shots, Blues coach Ken ...Read more

Sharks roll past Blues, 3-0; take series lead 2-1

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- This might be the Sharks fourth-ever appearance in a Western Conference Final. But they entered into new territory Thursday with their 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues.

The Sharks are leading a conference final for the first time in their 25-year history, and perhaps an appearance in a Stanley Cup final has never seemed so ...Read more

Red Wings to part ways with Kyle Quincey, Brad Richards

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At least two players won't be back with the Detroit Red Wings next season.

General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press on Thursday that he told "Brad Richards and Kyle Quincey that I definitely won't sign them before July 1, if at all." Both will be unrestricted free agents come July.

Neither is a surprise. Richards, 36, was signed last ...Read more

Penguins' Phil Kessel enjoying Stanley Cup playoffs ride

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TAMPA, Fla. -- The Phil Kessel narrative continued to rewrite itself Wednesday night.

Kessel recorded his 15th and 16th points of the postseason in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals to lead the Penguins to a 4-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

He set up the Penguins first goal with 10 seconds to play in the second period, then ...Read more

Penguins defeat Lightning, 4-2, in Game 3; lead series, 2-1

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TAMPA, Fla. -- The Penguins probably spent much of this evening wondering if they would ever get a puck past Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy.

They finally managed to do it, though.

And then they made a habit of it.

Carl Hagelin's rebound goal with 10 seconds left in the second period triggered a burst of offense that gave the Penguins...Read more

Sharks beating Blues in many ways

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The quickness the Sharks have shown through most of two games of the Western Conference finals hasn't been all about straight ahead foot speed. The Sharks are winning little races to pucks, taking away time and space from St. Louis' elite forwards, and supporting one another in all three zones.

It's a big reason the Sharks ...Read more

Lightning's Callahan expected to play in Game 3; Ben Bishop ruled out

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Lightning right winger Ryan Callahan is expected to return to the lineup for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final on Wednesday night at Amalie Arena. He missed Game 2 after coming down with the flu.

"I feel good," Callahan said following his team's optional morning skate. "Got sick. Obviously, I didn't feel well ...Read more

Blues deliver dismal performance in Game 2, fall to Sharks, 4-0

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ST. LOUIS -- After winning a game in which they didn't play up to speed, the Blues said they had more gears heading into Game 2 of their Western Conference finals series against San Jose.

Unfortunately, the car didn't start Tuesday night at Scottrade Center.

Just about every area of the Blues' game you can name -- energy, discipline, power ...Read more

Sharks roll, even series with Blues after 4-0 win

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ST. LOUIS -- The Sharks shined on special teams and got another shutout performance from goalie Martin Jones to even their Western Conference finals series with the St. Louis Blues at one game apiece.

Brent Burns had a power play goal and Jones finished with 26 saves for his second shutout in three playoff games as the Sharks beat the St. Louis...Read more

Tom Rowe's world travels help prep him for job as GM of Panthers

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Tom Rowe was officially named the 10th general manager of the Florida Panthers on Monday, the culmination of a hockey career, which has taken him, quite literally, around the world.

From his NHL playing days in Washington, Hartford and Detroit -- as well as minor league stops in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and Moncton, New Brunswick -- to coaching ...Read more