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Well-rested Elliott a weapon for the Blues

Brian Elliott was benched for Games 4 and 5 of the Western Conference finals. Now rested, he could be the difference for the Blues, per Craig Custance.

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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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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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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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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.


Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Blues better in the second but lose ground. Sharks go into second intermission with 2-0 lead. San Jose one period away from first trip to Stanley Cup finals in franchise history.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Only ten shots on goal against Sharks goalie Martin Jones but he's had to make a couple Grade A saves vs. Blues.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Now a four minute double minor on Scottie Upshall for high stick on Tommy Wingels and Sharks going on the power play. Chance to take a commanding lead.

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

And now 4 min on Upshall, offensive zone infraction, high stick on Wingels. Sharks could end this series on this PP here.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Joel Ward tips point shot from Brent Burns and Sharks now up 2-0. Crowd here rocking. San Jose has been the better team in this game since the drop of the puck.

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Solid PK there by the Blues, they pressed Burns up high, which gave the Sharks a couple of down-low chances but all in all, important kill

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All in all, if I'm the Blues, I'm ok down just 1-0 after one period. Sharks could have had more. They were looking for early knockout.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

The way the Sharks are playing right now Blues should be happy getting to first intermission down just 1-0.

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Basically VAN fans don't jump off the ledge just yet, but you're going to want your jumping shoes if McCann puts up a 50 pt yr within 3 ssns

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Sharks buzzing since the Pavelski goal. Blues need a push back in last five minutes of first.