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Penguins edge Sharks in overtime, take 2-0 series lead

Jun 2, 2016

Penguins edge Sharks in overtime, take 2-0 series lead

Sidney Crosby enters the faceoff circle with a plan every time, well aware it will almost certainly evaporate once the puck smacks the ice. That doesn’t stop the Pittsburgh superstar from doing it, because every once in a while the idea in his head ...

Maturing Crosby again living up to expectations

Jun 1, 2016

Maturing Crosby again living up to expectations

Sidney Crosby does not have an off switch. If there was one, Patric Hornqvist believes he would have found it by now. Not once over the last two years while playing alongside one of the NHL’s most popular players has Hornqvist seen an exasperated ...

Penguins edge Sharks in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

May 31, 2016

Penguins edge Sharks in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

Nick Bonino looks the part. Thatchy beard that juts out well below his chinstrap. Nose a bit askew. The rugged forward has etched out a career making a living in tight spaces, putting his body in places on the ice that aren’t for the ...

Penguins put away Lightning to reach Stanley Cup Final

May 27, 2016

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 ...

Penguins force decisive Game 7

May 25, 2016

Penguins force decisive Game 7

The Pittsburgh Penguins made good on Evgeni Malkin’s pledge to force Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals. Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist, and Phil Kessel, Kris Letang, Bryan Rust and Nick Bonino also scored Tuesday night in a 5-2 victory ...

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 ...