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10mScott Burnside

Sid and the kids led way for Pens

The Penguins' rookies shined in the spotlight, but their high-tempo tone again was set by captain Sidney Crosby. "You could see his hunger to win," coach Mike Sullivan said. "He's inspiring."

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10hPierre LeBrun

Penguins clip Sharks at warp speed

Each team tried to impose its will in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, but it was the Pittsburgh Penguins who emerged victorious by speeding past the surprised San Jose Sharks.

Bonino making a habit of postseason goals (2:49)
Penguins take Game 1 on very unlikely goal (1:30)
15hPierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside

Bettman: NHL closing in on expansion decision

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says a decision on whether or not the league will expand to possibly Las Vegas, Quebec City or both will be made in the coming weeks.


Breaking down the Stanley Cup finals

The ESPN.com crew previews the Stanley Cup finals with help from Sharks C Logan Couture, Penguins D Justin Schultz and Penguins RW Tom Kuhnhackl, and dishes on World Cup of Hockey rosters.

Conn Smythe favorites heading into Stanley Cup final (4:03)
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3dBen Arledge

Smith at peace with infamous Stanley Cup own goal

Thirty years ago, Steve Smith became hockey's Bill Buckner when his infamous gaffe cost the Oilers a chance at a Cup. Now he's helping other young defensemen weather the ups and downs in the NHL.


World Cup of Hockey roster: Team Russia

Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Pavel Datsyuk headline Russia's roster, but the additional seven includes the suspended defenseman Slava Voynov.

5dPaul Lukas

Uni Watch: World Cup of Hockey jerseys

The jerseys for the World Cup of Hockey have been rolled out, and while the designs range from spectacular to adequate, all of the sweaters share one particular flaw.

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4dCraig Custance

What Dylan Sadowy can do for the Red Wings

Craig Custance examines what new trade acquisition Dylan Sadowy can do for Detroit. Plus, another round of #CustanceCorrespondence.


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No hearing for Patrick Marleau for his hit on Bryan Rust. No supplemental discipline. NHL Player Safety felt penalty on ice sufficed

John Buccigross @Buccigross

Brent Burns: 22 points are the most in a single postseason by a defenseman since Brian Leetch had 34 for the Rangers in 1994

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Bryan Rust: 6th goal of this postseason. That sets a Penguins rookie postseason record set previously by Michel Briere with 5 in 1970.

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Nick Bonino scored last night with under 3 minutes remaining in 3rd period to give the Penguins a 3-2 win over the Sharks in Game 1....

John Buccigross @Buccigross

..Bonino scored the series-clinching goal in overtime for the Penguins in Game 6 of the 2nd round at home against the Capitals this year..