2hPierre 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.

Sharks-Penguins ready to start Stanley Cup final (3:28)

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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2dBen 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.

4dPaul 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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3dCraig 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.

Sidney Crosby's legacy in jeopardy? (0:46)
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London Knights claim Memorial Cup with OT win

Matthew Tkachuk scored two goals, including the game winner in overtime, to give the London Knights a 3-2 victory over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Sunday in the Memorial Cup championship game.

#LevyAndMelrose: The toughest trophy to win in sports (2:49)
Melrose: Sharks can be labeled as winners now (1:21)


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks are tied at 2-2 after two periods in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals at Consol Energy Center. Shots: Pittsburgh 23, San Jose 17. After the Penguins held a 2-0 lead after first, the Sharks were able to control Pittsburgh's speed in the second period. As a result, San Jose tied the game with a power-play goal by Tomas Hertl and an even-strength goal by Patrick Marleau.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Sharks forward Patrick Marleau has 65 career playoff goals. That was his first in a Stanley Cup final. Sharks even this game up 2-2 through two periods of play. Much better period for San Jose.

Scott Burnside @ESPN_Burnside

With 1:48 left in the second Patrick Marleau beats Matt Murray on wraparound to tie it at 2-2. Credit Sharks forecheck on that one.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

The Sharks' Patrick Marleau with a wraparound goal to tie Game 1 at 2-2 with 1:48 remaining in the second period. Penguins goalie Matt Murray knew exactly where Marleau was going but Murray couldn't regroup and go post-to-post in time to stop the goal.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Much better period for the Sharks here, enjoying a 9-4 shots on goal advantage in the second. Nice push back after Pittsburgh's dominant first period.

Scott Burnside @ESPN_Burnside

The Matt Murray show here early in the second as the Sharks are buzzing. Key stops on last sequence off Joonas Donskoi and Chris Tierney.

Scott Burnside @ESPN_Burnside

With 12 seconds left in PP Tomas Hertl spins one past Matt Murray to cut the lead to 2-1. Joel Ward nice job to keep play on side.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Tomas Hertl's power play goal for San Jose starts with Joel Ward making a great play to keep the puck in the zone. Big goal cuts the Penguins lead to 2-1.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

The Penguins need to stay disciplined in this series for that exact reason as the Sharks score on their first power-play opportunity when Tomas Hertl nets his sixth of the playoffs to cut San Jose's deficit to one goal.

Scott Burnside @ESPN_Burnside

Good opportunity for the Sharks to announce their presence as they get first PP of finals 1:14 into second; Ian Cole sent off for hooking.

Scott Burnside @ESPN_Burnside

Shot attempts in the first period 27-14 in favor of Pittsburgh. About the same disparity that we saw in Game 7 versus Tampa.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Penguins finish the first with a 15-4 shot advantage over the Sharks and it felt like it. Pittsburgh's speed too much for San Jose so far.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pittsburgh Penguins hold a 2-0 lead over the San Jose Sharks after the first period in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals at Consol Energy Center. Rookies Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary registered the goals for the Penguins. Shots: Pittsburgh 15, San Jose 4.

Scott Burnside @ESPN_Burnside

Dominating first period comes to a close with Pens leading 2-0 and out-shooting San Jose 15-4. Big-time regroup for Sharks needed.