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1mPierre LeBrun

Do the Sharks have a West Coast advantage?

When the Sharks get to the rink before regular-season games, they can watch Eastern teams on TV. The Penguins can't do the same with Western teams, which could be a difference in a long series.


Breaking down the Stanley Cup finals

The ESPN.com crew previews the Stanley Cup finals with help from Sharks C Logan Couture, Penguins D Justin Schultz and Penguins RW Tom Kuhnhackl, and dishes on World Cup of Hockey rosters.

Sharks-Penguins ready to start Stanley Cup final (3:28)
Melrose: West too strong in Stanley Cup finals (0:29)
Conn Smythe favorites heading into Stanley Cup final (4:03)
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2dBen Arledge

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.


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.

4dPaul 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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3dCraig Custance

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.

Sidney Crosby's legacy in jeopardy? (0:46)
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London Knights claim Memorial Cup with OT win

Matthew Tkachuk scored two goals, including the game winner in overtime, to give the London Knights a 3-2 victory over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Sunday in the Memorial Cup championship game.

#LevyAndMelrose: The toughest trophy to win in sports (2:49)
Melrose: Sharks can be labeled as winners now (1:21)


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

As the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins prepare for Game 1 of the 2016 Stanley Cup finals, Sharks coach Pete DeBoer discusses the fact both teams are backstopped by 22-year-old goalies.


Matchups that could decide Cup finals

The Stanley Cup finals will feature a clash of the NHL's two best teams, but it's these player matchups that will determine which team leaves the ice as a champion. Games within the games

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns talks about being named to Team Canada for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. But right now he's focused on Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins.


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan began his NHL playing career with the San Jose Sharks during the 1991-92 season. As he prepares for Game 1 of the 2016 Stanley Cup finals against the Sharks, he reflected about his rookie season.


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang talks about the differences and similarities between the organization's 2009 Cup-winning team and this season's group as it prepares for Game 1 of the 2016 Stanley Cup finals against the San Jose Sharks Monday night at Consol Energy Center.


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Pittsburgh Penguins' Brian Dumoulin explains how they prepare for an opponent that they don't see a lot of during the regular season. He also talks about how to defend San Jose's potent power play.


Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Penguins wrapping up their Game 1 morning skate.

Stats that could determine Cup finals

Matthew Coller says the Sharks will need even more from goaltender Martin Jones if they want to beat the stacked Penguins. Key numbers (Insider)

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Sharks-Pens ready to start Cup finals

Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun break down whether the Sharks can continue to fight off history or if the Penguins will shut down one of the top lines in this season's playoffs.