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Why the Penguins will win Game 7

Momentum may be a myth, but Sidney Crosby's clout is not. Pittsburgh has won the past 11 playoff games in which its captain has scored. Here's why the Pens will make a Stanley Cup finals return.

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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.


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Neither Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, or Pittsburgh Penguins netminder Matt Murray have played in a Game 7 in the NHL. Both will Thursday night in the finale of the Eastern Conference finals at Consol Energy Center. Injured Lightning goalie and Vezina Trophy finalist Ben Bishop spoke with his teammate about Game 7 and shared some advice.


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

During the 2015 Eastern Conference finals, the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New York Rangers in Game 7 at Madison Square Garden to advance to the Stanley Cup finals. On Thursday, the Lightning will attempt to repeat history against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of the ECF at Consol Energy Center. Lighting goalie Ben Bishop, who has been sidelined with a lower-leg injury since Game 1 and has not been cleared to return, believes his teammates are ready.


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop has not been cleared to play and he's still "four or five days" from being ready if the the team advances to the Stanley Cup finals with a win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night at Consol Energy Center.