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4hScott Burnside

Lightning on verge of repeating ultra-rare feat

If the Lightning win Game 6, they will earn their second consecutive appearance in the Stanley Cup finals, an accomplishment only a few very talented teams have achieved.

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3hCraig Custance

Final Team North America roster projections

Team North America's World Cup roster is coming together after playoff surges from young stars like Matt Murray, Jonathan Drouin and Robby Fabbri, and impressive play at the world championships.

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Brouwer goes baseball style for awesome goal (0:23)
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Pavelski's wicked deflection scores game winner (0:21)
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Murray-Fleury, DeBoer-Hitchcock, Joel Ward

Scott Burnside, Craig Custance and Pierre LeBrun cover the Penguins switching from Matt Murray to Marc-Andre Fleury in goal and the coaching battle in the Western Finals between Pete DeBoer and Ken Hitchcock. Plus, Sharks RW Joel Ward joins.

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Melrose: Serious loss for Penguins (0:32)
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15hJoe McDonald

Penguins down but not out

The Penguins are on the brink of elimination but can take inspiration from last year's Lightning team, which found itself in similar straits -- and stormed back to reach the Stanley Cup finals.

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15hScott Burnside

Cold Fleury, hot Lightning tip Game 5

The Pittsburgh Penguins were looking good heading into the third period with momentum and a one-goal lead. Then the roof caved in and changed the complexion of the Eastern Conference finals.

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4hCraig Custance

Joe Pavelski bolstering his Conn Smythe case

Two beauties on Monday night helped further establish Joe Pavelski as a front-runner for the Conn Smythe Trophy. Plus, other Game 5 takeaways.

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1dCraig Custance

Three keys to the Western Conference finals

How will the West be won? Craig Custance identifies the linchpins to success for the Blues and Sharks as Game 5 looms on Monday night.

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3dPierre LeBrun

Blues' bold changes spark Game 4 win

Coach Ken Hitchcock studied the video and devised a new game plan that revived the hard-charging St. Louis Blues and resulted in a huge Game 4 win over the San Jose Sharks to even the series 2-2.

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3dScott Burnside

Callahan saves the Lightning's season

In a series in which the focus has been on speed and scoring, a good old-fashioned grinder in the Lightning's Ryan Callahan could very well have put up the best performance of all in Game 4.

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Vasilevskiy not missing a beat for Lightning (1:24)
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Penguins' great third period not enough for lousy 40 minutes (1:00)
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Shawn Michaels: 'I've learned hockey in the past 72 hours' (1:56)

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Penguins going back to Murray

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby on goalie Matt Murray, who will start Game 6 Tuesday night against the Lightning: "He's handled each challenge like he's been through it, way beyond his years."

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Sullivan announces Matt Murray as Game 6 starter.

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Sullivan said Matt Murray will start Game 6 for Penguins.

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Sidney Crosby on Evgeni Malkin's comment about guarantee win in Game 6.

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Sidney Crosby talking about Matt Murray.

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