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from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,
Hold your breath. Twenty-five years of teal-tinted angst and teasing torment could come to an end Wednesday night. The Sharks are on uncharted ice. And it feels ... pretty amazing, actually. Also odd and strange.
Hold your breath. The Sharks, with a defeat of the St. Louis Blues at SAP Center, will earn a trip to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since the team was born in 1991. Shark fans are not quite sure how to approach this. I can tell. One of my Twitter followers says she will spend Wednesday night hiding inside her closet because she won't be able to stand the tension.
Hold your breath. But try to enjoy it. For fans, this will definitely constitute three periods (or more) of apprehension and nerves. So many good Shark teams over the years have never gotten this far. Why not bask in the unease? Would you rather be a fan of the Arizona Coyotes this week?
The Shark players have done this so impressively, all through this six-week skate across nails to reach this point. They have done a good job of staying in the moment, as Joe Thornton says. And they know not to get ahead of themselves.
from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,
Call it flat. Call it uninspired. Call it what you will. But be sure you call it this: unacceptable. The Lightning lost Game 6 because it deserved to lose Game 6.
Yes, there was another team on the ice, a Penguins team loaded with talent, a Penguins team that played with determination and desperation as if its season was on the line. Which it was.
But that doesn't completely excuse a Lightning team that lacked the necessary urgency and energy to close out a series that was there for the taking.
Really, Lightning? That's all you have? That's the best you could do? A trip to the Stanley Cup was a mere 60 minutes away in the comforts of your own house and you played most of the night like it was a meaningless game in November, not an elimination game in May?
"They were a desperate hockey team and we didn't match that," Lightning forward Ryan Callahan said. "We lose an opportunity there."
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
Courage, my word.
The Pittsburgh Penguins stared into the face of possible elimination with a steely-eyed determination. They talked a big game before delivering a big game.
Now both they and the Tampa Bay Lightning have a chance to play the kind of game you spend a lifetime dreaming about – Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final. Sixty minutes – and perhaps a bit more – to determine who plays for the Stanley Cup.
“Man, it’s pretty wild,” said Penguins winger Phil Kessel.
It took a focused, precise effort for 40 minutes and a scrambled, breathless mess over the final 20, but the Penguins managed to deliver on Evgeni Malkin’s promise. They’re heading home with a game to play.
Just under 4 minutes long.
CROSBY SCORES (ANOTHER) WINNING GOAL AS PENGUINS FORCE GAME 7
The Penguins built a three-goal lead through two periods – powered by 1-1—2 from captain Sidney Crosby – and held off a Lightning rally in the final frame to extend the Eastern Conference Final to a seventh and deciding game.
* Crosby scored his third game-winning goal of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, all of which have come in the Conference Finals. His nine career playoff game-winning goals are tied for the third-most in franchise history, behind Jaromir Jagr (14) and Mario Lemieux (11).
Ron MacLean and Don Cherry disscus the offside reviews, the Finnish Don Cherry, and the passing of John Brophy.
Plus a few more topics including Patrick Marleau's stick.
In a special edition of the opening montage, Hockey Night in Canada salutes Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip.
Pittsburgh @ Tampa Bay 8:00 PM ET NBCSN, CBC & TVAS
You know the story- Penguins need a win tonight to play game 7 in Pittsburgh on Thursday night.
Matt Murray starts for the Penguins and nothing has changed with Ben Bishop and Steven Stamkos, both are still out.
Discuss tonight's game.
NEW YORK (May 24, 2016) – The National Hockey League today announced the schedule of dates for the 2016 Stanley Cup Final, which will begin on Monday, May 30. Additionally, Stanley Cup Final Media Day will be Sunday, May 29, in the host city for Game 1.
BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, May 24, that the team has signed defenseman Kevan Miller to a four-year contract extension through the 2019-20 season at an NHL cap figure of $2.5 million per year. The Bruins have also signed forward Seth Griffith to a one-year, two-way contract through the 2016-17 season at an NHL cap figure of $625,000 per year.
In his third season with Boston, Miller competed in a career-high 71 games and also established career highs in goals (five), assists (13), points (18) and penalty minutes (53). He posted the second-best plus/minus rating on the team (+15). Miller played in his 100th NHL game on November 5, 2015 at Washington.
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