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Q&A with the Cup keeper

For 28 years, Phil Pritchard, the keeper of the Stanley Cup, has squired the coolest trophy in sports around the world, from war zones to the bottom of Mario Lemieux's pool. Since the Cup can't talk, we asked Pritchard to spill some of Stanley's secrets.

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Penguins clip Sharks at warp speed

Each team tried to impose its will in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, but it was the Pittsburgh Penguins who emerged victorious by speeding past the surprised San Jose Sharks.

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Penguins take Game 1 on very unlikely goal (1:30)
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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.

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2hBen 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.

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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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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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10 questions with the Keeper of the Cup

For 28 years, Phil Pritchard has squired the coolest trophy in sports around the world, from war zones to the bottom of Mario Lemieux's pool. Since the Cup can't talk, we asked Pritchard to spill some of Stanley's secrets. Nuggets

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TFW the flight attendant says no hover boards are allowed. That issue aside, what they are referring to are not the boards we were promised.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

San Jose Sharks' Justin Braun played Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals despite the passing of his father-in-law on Monday. His teammates, including captain Joe Pavelski, understand what Braun is playing through.

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

In the 2012 Stanley Cup finals, Pete DeBoer coached the New Jersey Devils. The current bench boss for the Sharks recalls losing Game 1 in '12 to the eventual Cup champion Los Angeles Kings but can't compare it to a Game 1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016.

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns understands how poorly the team played in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Burns is confident the Sharks will respond in Game 2 on Wednesday at Consol Energy Center.

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Sharks' Logan Couture discusses what the team needs to do in order to have success in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Uni Watch: Panthers to unveil new uniforms

Aaron Ekblad, Steven Kampfer, Shawn Thornton and Vincent Trocheck will model the Panthers' next-generation jerseys at the official unveiling on June 2 at the BB&T Center. A new look

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