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9hScott Burnside

Malkin, Crosby, Letang step up in Game 6

The Pittsburgh Penguins' superstars backed up their words and stole the show on the road against the Tampa Bay Lightning to force a winner-take-all Game 7.

Crosby scores a gem against Lightning (0:32)
Penguins coach explains decision to challenge (0:44)
Melrose: Pittsburgh wanted it more in Game 6 (0:52)
Revolving goalies in the Springtime (4:41)
Sharks looking to close out Blues at home (4:13)
SC Slap Shot: Linda Cohn vs. Will Arnett (1:35)

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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1dJoe 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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1dScott 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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23hCraig Custance

Joe Pavelski bolstering his Conn Smythe case

Two beauties on Monday night helped further establish Joe Pavelski as a front-runner for the Conn Smythe Trophy. Plus, other Game 5 takeaways.

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2dCraig 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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3dPierre 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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3dScott 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.


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Western Conference Finals Game 6: Blues at Sharks, 9pm ET, 8 in St. Louis, 6pm in San Jose. Sharks lead series 3-2.

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Sharks: outscoring opponents 26-12 in 3rd period this postseason; 26 goals in 3rd period leads NHL this postseason

Crosby scores gem against Lightning

Sidney Crosby scooped up the puck outside the zone and blew past multiple Lightning defenders to score a superb goal and help the Penguins force a Game 7.


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Lightning forward Brian Boyle said the team "tiptoed" around Game 6.


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan was impressed with the way the team responded with a big win in Game 6.


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan explains the decision to challenge Tampa's first goal that was overturned because the play was offside.


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Sidney Crosby discusses Penguins' Game 6 win. He also talks about being one win away from a Stanley Cup berth.


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Penguins' Kris Letang discusses Game 6 win.


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Brian Boyle beats Matt Murray with a rising shot after Matt Cullen inadvertently obscured Murray's view as shot coming at 12:43.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Great shot by Boyle to cut deficit to one goal.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Penguins cutting their shifts down.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Lighting are buzzing after Kessel's own-goal. Murray with a few huge saves.

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Lightning finally catch a break when Phil Kessel inexplicably bats a Brian Boyle centering backhand off his leg and into his own goal. 3-1.

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Matt Murray with his best save of the game a right pad save to deny Ondrej Palat at the side of the net. First minute of the third.