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50mPierre LeBrun

Pavelski's work ethic leads Sharks to threshold of finals

Joe Pavelski's unwavering dedication to his game was evident after he scored yet another clutch deflection to push the San Jose Sharks to within one game of the Stanley Cup finals.

Pavelski's wicked deflection scores game winner (0:21)
Brouwer goes baseball style for awesome goal (0:23)
Paige: Pens should go back to Murray (1:17)

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.

Melrose: Serious loss for Penguins (0:32)
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2hJoe McDonald

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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2hScott Burnside

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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14hCraig Custance

Three keys to the Western Conference finals

How will the West be won? Craig Custance identifies the linchpins to success for the Blues and Sharks as Game 5 looms on Monday night.

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2dPierre LeBrun

Blues' bold changes spark Game 4 win

Coach Ken Hitchcock studied the video and devised a new game plan that revived the hard-charging St. Louis Blues and resulted in a huge Game 4 win over the San Jose Sharks to even the series 2-2.

Injury to Backes could devastate Blues (0:29)
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2dScott Burnside

Callahan saves the Lightning's season

In a series in which the focus has been on speed and scoring, a good old-fashioned grinder in the Lightning's Ryan Callahan could very well have put up the best performance of all in Game 4.

Vasilevskiy not missing a beat for Lightning (1:24)
Penguins' great third period not enough for lousy 40 minutes (1:00)
Shawn Michaels: 'I've learned hockey in the past 72 hours' (1:56)
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4dESPN Stats & Information

Sharks blank the Blues yet again

Martin Jones is keeping the Blues guessing as the Sharks keep dominating defensively. We take a look at how they've done it.

Blues need goalie change for shock therapy (0:37)
Best Stanley Cup final matchup? (1:08)


Brouwer baseball swings for great goal

Troy Brouwer offered up a candidate for goal of the playoffs, but the Sharks topped his Blues 6-3 in Game 5.


Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic on the Sharks shutting down Vladimir Tarasenko: "Take away his time and space. Our forwards have been doing a good job as well supporting us. Good back pressure does not allow them to have one-on-ones with our D."

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Sharks coach Peter DeBoer on Joe Pavelski: "You think back to some of the best scorers ever. His ability to get his stick on pucks in the offensive zone, in front of the net, different angles, is as good as anybody I've ever seen."

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock: Both teams played really hard today. We were the ones that made the defending mistakes that ended up in the back of our net.

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Sharks now one win away from their first trip to the Stanley Cup finals in franchise history. Game 6 Wednesday night at a loud Shark Tank.