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14hPierre LeBrun

Sharks vet Marleau finally getting so very close

Patrick Marleau -- a member of the San Jose Sharks for 19 sometimes painful seasons -- is quietly enjoying being ever-so-close to battling it out for the ultimate goal.

Is choice of goalies the real issue for the Blues? (3:25)
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3hScott Burnside

Final Czech Republic roster projection

Jaromir Jagr announced he's sitting out the World Cup of Hockey. Who will take his place on the Czech Republic's roster? Here's our latest projection as to who'll be checking in for the Czechs.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby discusses the team's need to play with urgency (0:51)

Our greatest Game 7s of the Cup playoffs

From postgame riots that stopped them in their tracks to thrilling plays that brought them out of their seats, ESPN.com's hockey experts expound on the most electrifying Game 7s they've covered.

Crosby scores a gem against Lightning (0:32)
NHL Top 3 plays of the week (1:35)
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)
Did Mike Sullivan rush Marc-Andre Fleury? (3:01)
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.

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2dJoe 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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2dScott 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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54mCraig Custance

Well-rested Elliott a weapon for the Blues

Brian Elliott was benched for Games 4 and 5 of the Western Conference finals. Now rested, he could be the difference for the Blues, per Craig Custance.

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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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4dPierre 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)


Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Sharks coach Peter DeBoer on approach to Game 6 of Western Conference finals: "Every game has been the most important game for us. That's nothing new."

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Penguins' Carl Hagelin says this isn't the time to play scared as the team prepares for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Lightning Thursday night at Consol Energy Center.


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan discusses the importance of Sidney Crosby's goal in Game 6 and why the captain is playing close to his best hockey.


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby discusses the team's need to play with urgency and how past experiences in elimination games can help as they prepare for Game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference finals.


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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.


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

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.


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

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