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1hJohn Buccigross

Buccigross: Random Cup finals thoughts

Want proof that hockey continues to grow and can get even bigger? Look at the dynamic talent and humble superstars on display in the Cup finals.

6hScott Burnside

W2W4: Lightning vs. Blackhawks, Game 1

The Lightning will try to reverse their home-ice woes and the Blackhawks will be looking for a fast start when the Stanley Cup finals get underway.

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8hSean McIndoe

McIndoe: Ultimate Cup final preview

Breaking down all the biggest factors as the Hawks and Bolts get ready to face off, including which team wins the ever-important Old Guy Without A Cup category.

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Why John Buccigross is picking Tampa Bay

At 6-foot-7 big Ben Bishop covers up more net than most goalies, making it smaller for shooters. It's that math that has the SportsCenter anchor picking the Lightning in 7. Nine finals thoughts

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ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Steven Stamkos' 1.22 goals per game against Chicago is best by any player vs CHI in expansion era (since 1967-68) with at least 5 games.

Penguins owners exploring sale options

Penguins owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux are exploring selling some or all of their NHL franchise, sources confirmed to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun. Owners would like to maintain involvement

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

NHL Player Tour this year will be in Toronto instead of NYC, because NHL and NHLPA want to incorporate World Cup announcements as part of it

Bettman: Panthers not being relocated

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the Florida Panthers are not being moved or filing for bankruptcy, and that the ownership is heading in the right direction.

Craig Custance @CraigCustance

Bettman says Panthers are not being relocated or filing for bankruptcy. Says ownership headed in the right direction.

Down Goes Brown @DownGoesBrown

Reading between the lines, Bettman doesn't want compensation, the GMs forced it, they screwed it up and he'll happily let them eat it now.