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6hJoe McDonald

Sharks: Big-timers, surprises or pluggers?

Along the ragged road that is the Stanley Cup playoffs, players fall into certain roles as they grind their way to the ultimate goal. Where do the Sharks fit? We divided them up.

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Rust injury a blow to Pens if he can't go in Game 2 (3:17)
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Q&A with the Cup keeper

For 28 years, Phil Pritchard, the keeper of the Stanley Cup, has squired the coolest trophy in sports around the world, from war zones to the bottom of Mario Lemieux's pool. Since the Cup can't talk, we asked Pritchard to spill some of Stanley's secrets.

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Inside the NHL: Stanley Cup Finals (7:31)
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22hPierre 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.

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Penguins take Game 1 on very unlikely goal (1:30)
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Ex-player LaCouture pleads not guilty to assault

Daniel LaCouture appeared Tuesday in court on charges of assault and battery and vandalizing property and pleaded not guilty. He is accused of confronting a woman and hitting her.

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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.

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9hCraig Custance

The impact of expansion draft rule changes

The latest news on a potential NHL expansion draft may change things for a number of teams. Craig Custance breaks it all down.

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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.

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Conn Smythe favorites heading into Stanley Cup final (4:03)
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7hBen 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.

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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.

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6dPaul 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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Who are the most famous athletes in the world? We've got the answer. The list

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The Bay Area is the 9th market to have an NBA and NHL team in the finals in the same year. There's never been a double title.

10 questions with the Keeper of the Cup

For 28 years, Phil Pritchard has squired the coolest trophy in sports around the world, from war zones to the bottom of Mario Lemieux's pool. Since the Cup can't talk, we asked Pritchard to spill some of Stanley's secrets. Nuggets

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TFW the flight attendant says no hover boards are allowed. That issue aside, what they are referring to are not the boards we were promised.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

San Jose Sharks' Justin Braun played Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals despite the passing of his father-in-law on Monday. His teammates, including captain Joe Pavelski, understand what Braun is playing through.

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