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Renewed Penguins return to the finals

After years of falling short of expectations, Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are finally returning to the Stanley Cup finals.

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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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Penguins back in Stanley Cup finals

After years of falling short of expectations, Sidney Crosby and the Penguins are finally returning to the Stanley Cup finals. Renewed Pens

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Who's going to win the Stanley Cup?

The NHL playoffs are now down to two teams. Which one will be celebrating when it's all over? Our experts weigh in and pick who will win the 2016 Stanley Cup finals. Experts’ picks

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Rust scores two goals in Pens' Game 7 win

Take a look at both goals from right winger Bryan Rust in the Penguins' 2-1 win over the Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.

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Melrose: West too strong in final

Barry Melrose is excited for the Penguins-Sharks final but gives the edge to San Jose after coming out of the more difficult Western Conference.

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Brian Boyle on Steven Stamkos re-signing with the Lightning for next season and beyond: "I'm confident and I'm hoping he's back."

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Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan: "There are great stories surrounding our team, but the greatest story is the team itself."

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Penguins advance to Stanley Cup final

Bryan Rust was the hero, scoring both goals for the Penguins in a 2-1 Game 7 victory to advance Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup final.

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said the team's job is not complete after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night at Consol Energy Center. Penguins will face the San Jose Sharks in the Stanley Cup finals.

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Game 7 winners! The Penguins beat the Lightning and are on to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 2009. [Credit: Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo]

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said he's extremely proud of his team, despite a 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night at Consol Energy Center. When asked about his future in Tampa, the pending UFA said he's not thinking about that right now.

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Pittsburgh is 1st team to touch the Conference Final Trophy since 2010 Flyers. However, Penguins touched trophy in 2009 & won Stanley Cup.