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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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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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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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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.

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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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Matt Murray has faced just 14 shots but made a nifty grab on an Anton Stralman shot with Ondrej Palat on the doorstep.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

That was Stamkos' best shift of the game. He was involved and was creating chances.

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Lightning very nearly tie it on deflection of Val Filppula. Nick Bonino shaken by blocking shot with what looks like left ankle.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

The second period ends with the Pittsburgh Penguins holding a 2-1 lead in Game 7 of the ECF against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Lightning captain didn't see the ice too often in the second period. He had only five shifts and overall has logged 6:29 of ice time. He's 3-for-3 on drops and still has two shots on net. His second shot of the game was a quality scoring chance but Penguins goalie Matt Murray made the save.

Scott Burnside @ESPN_Burnside

Second game in row Lightning have been outplayed dramatically through 40 mins. 29-10 shots favor Pens. Difference? Penguins lead just 2-1.

Joe McDonald @ESPNJoeyMac

Matt Murray can handle the puck well but he's been struggling a bit in Game 7. Something to keep an eye on.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Stamkos with a quality scoring chance during 4-on-4. He had a partial break away and with a defender off to his left, Stamkos took a slap shot from the right face-off dot. The puck went under Murray's right arm but the Penguins goaltender got just enough of it and it trickled into the corner.

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With 3:47 left in the second Steven Stamkos sneaks behind Penguin defense and blasts one from top of circle goes through Murray but wide.

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Remember this play as Victor Hedman blocks Conor Sheary shot destined for back of the net. PP ends and it's still a one-goal game.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Stamkos on the ice for only a quick faceoff before linemate Ryan Callahan is whistled for high-sticking. Stamkos back to the bench.

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With 7:37 left in second Pittsburgh will go to first full PP of the night as Ryan Callahan called for offensive zone high stick.

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This hockey game is insane! Less than a minute after Drouin tied it up, Rust gets his 2nd goal of the game to give Penguins 2-1 lead!