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Player matchups that will rock the Stanley Cup finals

The Stanley Cup finals will feature a clash of the two best teams, but it's the player matchups within that will be most intriguing. We take a look at the biggest.

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Melrose: West too strong in Stanley Cup finals (0:29)
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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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3dPaul 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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What Dylan Sadowy can do for the Red Wings

Craig Custance examines what new trade acquisition Dylan Sadowy can do for Detroit. Plus, another round of #CustanceCorrespondence.

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Sidney Crosby's legacy in jeopardy? (0:46)
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#LevyAndMelrose: The toughest trophy to win in sports (2:49)
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Melrose: Sharks can be labeled as winners now (1:21)
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NHL Top 3 plays of the week (1:35)
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Penguins coach explains decision to challenge (0:44)
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Did Mike Sullivan rush Marc-Andre Fleury? (3:01)

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Pittsburgh Penguins veteran defenseman Trevor Daley season ended with a broken left ankle during the Eastern Conference finals. Now that the Penguins have advanced to the Stanley Cup finals, he will still be a part of the team and do anything to help out. Fellow blueliner Brian Dumoulin appreciates Daley's contributions.

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Pittsburgh Penguins veteran Matt Cullen has been down this road before and his message to the younger players on the team is simple: Enjoy the moment but don't think for one moment the job is done until you hoist the Stanley Cup over your head as a champion.

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Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby does some television next to the Stanley Cup.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Sidney Crosby talks about how his comfort level on the big stage has grown through the years.

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

It can't be easy for Pittsburgh Penguins veteran goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to be on the bench watching rookie netminder Matt Murray lead the team to Stanley Cup finals against the San Jose Sharks. But Fleury has served as a mentor and the two get along well. If, for some reason Fleury is needed, he said he'll be ready.

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

The playing career of Pittsburgh Penguins' Pascal Dupuis ended due to a blood clot but as his team prepares for the Stanley Cup finals against the San Jose Sharks, he's still having an impact both on and off ice. "I still fell like a player," he said.

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Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Penguins forward Sidney Crosby on returning to the Stanley Cup finals: "It feels like it's been awhile but the one thing that doesn't change is the excitement."

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist explains why the team has reached the Stanley Cup finals against the San Jose Sharks. The major reason? No one works harder or prepares better than Pittsburgh's top players.

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Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin chats about how he and Sidney Crosby are cherishing the moment in Cup finals much more this time around.

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Trevor Daley, whom the Penguins said was out for the season, just smiled and said he wouldn't rule himself out 100 percent. But long odds...

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan began his NHL playing career with the San Jose Sharks and now he's coaching against that organization in the Stanley Cup finals. "It feels like an eternity. Is it ironic? Yes. But I'll go up against any team."

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan on Sidney Crosby and Evgeny Malkon: Both Sid and Geno have really bought into the team concept we've implemented.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Welcome to 2016 Stanley Cup Media Day.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Stanley Cup finals media day kicking off momentarily.