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Final Team Sweden roster projection

Forwards and goaltending will be strengths for Sweden at the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, but its defense, anchored by several Stanley Cup playoff stars, will be a force at both ends of the ice.

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10hJoe McDonald

Final Team Finland roster projection

Goaltending and defense will be strengths for Finland, which will try to build on recent international success heading into the World Cup of Hockey in September.

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Check out all eight World Cup logos!

The best part of playing in international competition is wearing your country's colors, so here are the World Cup logos for all of the teams -- even Team North America and Team Europe.

Pavelski stuffs it in for first goal of game (0:35)
#LevyAndMelrose: The toughest trophy to win in sports (2:49)
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Our greatest Game 7s of the Cup playoffs

From postgame riots that stopped them in their tracks to thrilling plays that brought them out of their seats, ESPN.com's hockey experts expound on the most electrifying Game 7s they've covered.

Melrose: Sharks can be labeled as winners now (1:21)
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Final Czech Republic roster projection

Jaromir Jagr announced he's sitting out the World Cup of Hockey. Who will take his place on the Czech Republic's roster? Here's our latest projection as to who'll be checking in for the Czechs.

Best player in the Penguins-Lightning series (0:53)
Crosby scores a gem against Lightning (0:32)
NHL Top 3 plays of the week (1:35)
Penguins coach explains decision to challenge (0:44)
Melrose: Pittsburgh wanted it more in Game 6 (0:52)
Revolving goalies in the Springtime (4:41)
Did Mike Sullivan rush Marc-Andre Fleury? (3:01)

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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Penguins veteran Matt Cullen talking about Game 7: "You dream about this moment."


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby talks about the excitement of Game 7 of the ECF against the Lightning Thursday night at Consol Energy Center. He also discusses what it'll be like playing on home ice and his 0-3 record in Game 7s here.


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Welcome to Game 7 morning skate.

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Career Playoff Games Before 1st Stanley Cup Final Pat Marleau 165 Dale Hunter 163 Steve Thomas 161 Andreychuk 155 Joe Thornton 150

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Anton Stralman (TB): 7-0 all-time in Game 7..Brad Richards (8-0). Marian Gaborik, Red Kelly, Mike Richards. Justin Williams all 7-0

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Sidney Crosby: game-winning goal in all 3 Penguins wins in series; Penguins have won 11 straight playoff games when he scores a goal

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Penguins: 2-7 at home in Game 7, having lost 4 straight there since their last win in the 1995 Conf Qtrs against the Capitals

Pavelski stuffs in first goal of game

Joe Pavelski came to the rescue after Joe Thornton's breakaway was stopped by St. Louis goaltender Brian Elliott in San Jose's 5-2 win to clinch the Western Conference finals.


Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Blues captain David Backes on the loss to the Sharks. "The stop is pretty sudden, and the flood of emotions of obviously disappointment but also a level of pride and how proud we are of the group in there. There's a few guys held together by tape and a few guys who have sacrificed the time to get to this point. There's a lot to be proud of but when you put all your will and all your being into something and you get so close you can taste and then not get a job done, there's definitely disasisfaction at the moment that is tough to put into words. There's a group of guys in there that bound together and defeated two really good teams and played a third really good team and didn't find a way to win this one. It's just a cornucopia of emotions right now and it's tough to put into a sentence and describe for you."