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Penguins put away Lightning to reach Stanley Cup Final

The hours before the biggest game of Bryan Rust’s life were restless. The nap he tried to sneak in never materialized. The Pittsburgh Penguins forward’s mind was simply too busy. “I was just sitting up there looking at the ceiling,” Rust said. Yet even those daydreams didn’t compare to the ...

Pavelski fires Sharks past Blues, to 3-2 lead

May 24, 2016

Pavelski fires Sharks past Blues, to 3-2 lead

San Jose captain Joe Pavelski scored the tying and go-ahead goals to lift the Sharks to a 6-3 win at St. Louis on Monday, giving them a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals. The Sharks host Game 6 on Wednesday and are in ...

Blues down Sharks to even series

May 22, 2016

Blues down Sharks to even series

Changing goaltenders gave the St. Louis Blues a spark. Changing their style of play helped them even up the Western Conference final at two games apiece. Troy Brouwer and Kyle Brodziak each scored twice, Jake Allen stopped 31 shots in his first start of ...

Lightning edge Penguins

May 21, 2016

Lightning edge Penguins

Ninety minutes before the opening faceoff, Jon Cooper talked about what the Tampa Bay Lightning needed to do to get back on track in the Eastern Conference finals. “We’ve got to play better,” the coach said. “That’s it.” Ryan Callahan provided an early spark, ...

Sharks seize control against Blues

May 20, 2016

Sharks seize control against Blues

For a San Jose team whose playoff struggles have often come down to running into a streaky goaltender at the wrong time, it must be nice to have the goalie making all the stops for once. Martin Jones made 22 saves in his second ...

Penguins sink Lightning in Game 3

May 19, 2016

Penguins sink Lightning in Game 3

Sidney Crosby and Co. kept pressing and shooting until the Pittsburgh Penguins finally imposed their will. Crosby, Phil Kessel and Chris Kunitz scored third-period goals to help the Penguins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday ...

Burns goals lead Sharks past Blues

May 18, 2016

Burns goals lead Sharks past Blues

San Jose’s Brent Burns scored the Sharks’ first two power-play goals of the NHL Western Conference finals, leading the visitors to a 2-0 victory at St. Louis on Tuesday, squaring the West finals at a game apiece. Goaltender Martin Jones stopped 26 shots for ...

Penguins rebound with overtime victory over Lightning

May 17, 2016

Penguins rebound with overtime victory over Lightning

Sidney Crosby wasn’t sure Bryan Rust saw him, so the Pittsburgh Penguins captain gave his impromptu linemate a quick yell just to make sure. “I tried to let him know I was there,” Crosby said. A deft drop pass from Rust and a flick ...

Elliott helps Blues turn back Sharks

May 16, 2016

Elliott helps Blues turn back Sharks

St. Louis goaltender Brian Elliott put in a telling performance as the Blues beat San Jose 2-1 on Sunday in the opening game of their NHL Western Conference finals series. “When your goalie is your best player, it gives you a great chance of ...

Lightning lose goalie, beat Penguins

May 14, 2016

Lightning lose goalie, beat Penguins

The sight of their franchise goalie writhing in agony did little to slow down the Tampa Bay Lightning. How could it? Watching the bold-faced names on their roster taken off the ice with their long-term status unknown has become commonplace for perhaps the NHL’s ...

Sharks dominate Preds in Game 7

May 13, 2016

Sharks dominate Preds in Game 7

Captain Joe Pavelski and the rest of San Jose’s big guns took little time to answer the questions about how this version of the Sharks would respond after a lackluster loss in a potential series clincher. Pavelski got San Jose off to a fast ...

Blues put away Stars in Game 7 rout

May 12, 2016

Blues put away Stars in Game 7 rout

The captain and the kid are going to the Western Conference finals with the St. Louis Blues. St. Louis did more than survive Game 7 this time. The Blues routed the top-seeded Dallas Stars 6-1 on Wednesday night to advance to their first Western ...

Penguins win in OT to knock out Capitals

May 11, 2016

Penguins win in OT to knock out Capitals

A three-goal lead gone — and his team’s momentum right along with it — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan provided a reminder heading to overtime of Game 6 of a relentlessly entertaining playoff series against the Washington Capitals. Keep skating. Play fast. Be confident. ...