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Speed On Ice In Game 1 Of The Stanley Cup Final

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Sit back and get ready to love this series.

Because if Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals was any indication, we're in for a royal treat, with two transition teams built on speed and skill giving the sport of hockey one unreal sales job over the next two weeks.

The Pittsburgh Penguins' 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Monday night was played at warp speed -- the third-period buzzer leaving you gasping for air, if you were fortunate enough to be inside a loud Consol Energy Center.

Imagine what it was like for the players.

"Yeah, considering the situation, you've got to be sharp," said Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who seemed to have rocket fuel in his skates. "You can't hesitate, you can't have a misstep where somebody loses an edge or you're not quite on your guy. There's so much speed out there, they're going to get a chance. I think everyone felt it out there tonight, that it was another level, as to be expected here."

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Game highlights are below...

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NHL Short Notes

MONDAY’S RESULT
Home Team in Caps
PITTSBURGH 3, San Jose 2 – PIT leads 1-0
 
BONINO’S LATE GOAL LIFTS PENGUINS TO GAME 1 VICTORY
Nick Bonino, a sixth-round selection (173rd overall) by San Jose in the 2007 NHL Draft, scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:33 remaining in regulation to lift the Penguins over the Sharks in Game 1 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.
 

 
* Bonino recorded his second game-winning goal of the playoffs (19 GP) after posting zero such tallies during the regular season (63 GP). In Game 6 of the Second Round vs. WSH, he became the eighth player in Penguins history to score a series-clinching goal in overtime.

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Marleau catches Rust in the jaw

Patrick Marleau's hit on Bryan Rust was late. Not egregiously so, but late enough that it caught Rust shoulder-to-jaw, and late enough that it sent Rust to the "quiet room" twice, with Rust not returning after the second hit.

Do you think this is a suspension-worthy hit in today's NHL, or is there still some impetus on the player getting hit to not lead with his chin?

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Videos- The Pittsburgh Penguins Take Game 1 Of The Stanley Cup Final

Final score 3-2.

The Penguins took a 2-0 goal lead, the San Jose Sharks score two unanswered goals to tie the then Nick Bonino scored late in the 3rd to give the Pens the lead and the game.

Highlights below, in different media formats.

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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Thanks to George Malik for the summary,

Don Cherry suggested that this is the Penguins' night, he talked about Subban and Letang not on the Canadian World Cup team, and he praised the Memorial Cup Champion London Knights and their opponent, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

Plus he mentioned the death of Tom Lysiak and Cherry is not sure why Phil Kessel is not on Team USA.

via Sportsnet,

 

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Wrapping Up Gary Bettman’s Press Conference

from Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The NHL is nearing an expansion decision, commissioner Gary Bettman announced Monday before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals.

"I'm not going to handicap what is going to happen," Bettman said during his state of the union news conference. "But when the board (the NHL Board of Governors) meets in Las Vegas on June 22, I am fairly certain we will know more than we do today."

Before that, the NHL's executive committee of owners, a smaller more powerful group, will finally provide its recommendation within the next two weeks ahead of the full Board of Governors meeting.

"We'll all know more after the executive committee makes a recommendation," said Bettman. "I have no doubt that recommendation will probably get leaked in advance of the board meeting. There will be plenty of time to speculate."

Bettman stressed the same options remain on the table: no expansion at all; expansion deferred; or expansion to Las Vegas and/or Quebec City.

Expansion requires a two-thirds majority vote from the 30 owners.

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Open Post- Game 1 Of The Stanley Cup Final Between The Pittsburgh Penguins And San Jose Sharks

NBC Network coverage begins at 8:00pm ET and the game is also on CBC and TVAS.

via NHL.com,

The experts from NHL.com and NHL Network have made their Stanley Cup Final picks, and the San Jose Sharks are an overwhelming favorite to win it all.

Of the 21 analysts, 17 picked the Sharks to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Final... NHL Network analyst Mike Rupp and NHL.com writers Dan Rosen, Matt Cubeta and Robert Laflamme have the Penguins winning the series.

Sharks captain Joe Pavelski is the favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the most valuable player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Thirteen of the 21 experts selected the San Jose captain.

Here are our picks:

If you so wish, discuss the game as it plays-out tonight.

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Rest In Peace Tom Lysiak

from TSN,

Former NHL all-star Tom Lysiak has died of leukemia. He was 63.

Lysiak's daughter confirmed his death on her Twitter account.

The native of High Prairie, Alta., played 13 seasons in the NHL with the Atlanta Flames and Chicago Blackhawks, scoring 292 goals and adding 551 assists over 919 games.

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Gary Bettman Met With The Media Today Before Game 1 Of The SCF

Bill Daly was there too.

Information from a few hockey guys on Twitter (highlights)...

Bob McKenzie...

Bettman says he is "fairly certain" he'll have more definitive word on expansion at the June 22 B of G meeting in Las Vegas. Four options.

Options: 1. No expansion; 2. Expansion but deferred to later date; 3. Expansion by 1 team; 4. expansion by 2 teams.

Chris Johnston...

Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle are no longer aggressively trying to sell the #pens, per Gary Bettman.

Bill Daly says "I wouldn't rule it out" when asked about whether there'll be ads on sweaters at the World Cup.

Pierre LeBrun...

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Patrick Marleau Is Happy To Still Be In San Jose

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

With the Sharks four wins from a Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history, it’s amazing to think that Marleau could have missed out. The NHL’s active leader in games played without appearing in the Stanley Cup final could have been elsewhere.

The precise details remain murky, but Marleau has never run from reports last November that he may have had an interest in parting ways with the franchise.

It wasn’t exactly a trade request, per se, but Marleau reportedly let it be known to Sharks management that he was open to the idea of starting anew outside of the Bay Area.

“Yeah, I mean, it’d be hard to imagine not being here,” Marleau said Sunday at media day to kick off the Stanley Cup final. “I’m extremely happy to be here, obviously.”

The Sharks might not have made it to the Stanley Cup final without Marleau. The 36-year-old Aneroid, Sask., native chipped in 25 goals and 48 points in the regular season, but it was his willingness to drop down to a third-line role for a stretch that turned the Sharks into a matchup nightmare for opponents.

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