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Logan Couture (1-2—3) and Joel Ward (2-0—2) combined for three of San Jose’s five goals to help the Sharks win Game 6 and advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history.

* The Sharks are the first team to advance to the Stanley Cup Final after missing the playoffs the previous season since the 2011-12 New Jersey Devils. Both achieved the feat under a head coach in his first season with the club – Peter DeBoer.

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Memorial Cup: Round Robin

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The Memorial Cup is underway in Red Deer, Alberta.  It is the championship tournament for the Canadian Hockey League.  Participating are WHL champions the Brandon Wheat Kings, OHL champion London Knights and QMJHL champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.  Also participating is the host Red Deer Rebels who lost to Brandon in the semi-finals of the WHL playoffs.  These four teams played a round robin.  Here are the results:

1. London Knights 3-0.  London went undefeated in the round robin.  They had a dominant 20 goals for and only five against.  Their offence was led by Mitch Marner (Toronto prospect) who had 13 points to lead the tournament and Christian Dvorak (Arizona prospect) who has 10 points and is second in tournament scoring.  Olli Juolevi (2016 draft eligible) is leading their defence and Tyler Parsons (2016 draft eligible) is their top goaltender posting a .944 saves percentage.

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The San Jose Sharks Advance To The Stanley Cup Final

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The San Jose Sharks defeated the St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Wednesday night, winning the teams' third-round series 4-2.

The Sharks will now face either Pittsburgh or Tampa Bay.

Game 1 of the SCF is Monday at 8:00pm ET.  Games 1 & 2 will be hosted by Pittsburgh if they win tomorrow night or San Jose if Tampa Bay wins.

added 12:38 am, the Sharks did not touch the Clarence Campbell Bowl:

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Some Talk On The New York Rangers

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Post has learned the Blueshirts do not intend to buy out the remainder of Dan Girardi’s contract, which has four years remaining at an annual $5.5 million cap charge.

In addition, sources report management has not requested the alternate captain to waive his no-move clause (which will be replaced by a modified no-trade following 2016-17). Further, no such request is expected....

Communication remains open between the Blueshirts and Keith Yandle, still far more likely to depart than to remain. But even as The Post has learned No. 93 is not committed to getting to July 1 at the exclusion of negotiating with general manager Jeff Gorton, the price tag — expected to be a minimum $45 million over seven years — is likely to be too expensive for the Rangers.

Of course Rick Nash is available — as is everyone in the organization other than Henrik Lundqvist, Brady Skjei and Pavel Buchnevich. The Rangers, we’re told, are prepared to listen to offers for everyone.

That includes Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider and Kevin Hayes, each player’s availability, of course, will be dependent upon the exchange rate in return. But nothing is off the table. And the Wild are believed to have serious interest in native Minnesotan Stepan.

more talk...

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Florida/Vancouver Trade In The Works

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Chris Johnston tweets,

Hearing the #canucks and #FlaPanthers are closing in on a trade. Believe prospect Jared McCann is part of it. Working on full details.

No salary retained on Erik Gudbranson in the trade to Vancouver.



added 9:17pm, TSN confirms....

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WXYZ’s Galli sits down with Henrik Zetterberg

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

WXYZ's Brad Galli conducted a sit-down interview with Henrik Zetterberg, discussing the Wings' playoff exit, Pavel Datsyuk and possible offseason moves:

The Lightning knocked the Red Wings out of the playoffs over a month ago, but Henrik Zetterberg still hasn't gotten over the frustration of another first round exit.

"It's still there. As long as the other teams are playing, you feel the frustration," he told WXYZ on Wednesday.

Zetterberg spoke about the important offseason facing his team, and the notion of playing without Pavel Datsyuk by his side.

"The situation with Pavel Datsyuk, we don't really know if he's coming back or if we have to go after someone else. It's a big offseason facing this club."

The Red Wings captain said he's excited for next season, but knows the story of early playoff exits has grown tired. Detroit hasn't advanced past the first round for three years, and failed to make the Conference Final each of the last seven postseasons.

"I understand the fans' frustrations too, because we want to go deeper. It's a lot of talk about the playoff streak and all that, and obviously we're proud about that, but we want to go deeper than we have the last couple years."

Galli continues, and here's the video of the interview:


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Open Post- Game 6 WCF St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks

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St. Louis @ San Jose 9:00 PM ET NBCSN, CBC & TVAS

Blues need a win to extend this series to seven games, Sharks need a win for their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final.

Which will it be?

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Sharks/Blues Prepared To Battle Tonight

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

When you’ve been at it this long without success, talking about winning the Clarence S. Campbell Trophy at the morning skate is as taboo as touching it post-game. At least for some, anyhow.

“You look at your whole career,” began San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski, who leads the Sharks with 21 playoff points in 17 games this spring. “When I was in high school in the state championship, that was my biggest game of my life at the time. In college, in junior – there’s games where the moments are so big. It’s your Stanley Cup.

“You work all those days to get in the position to hopefully play for it. Tonight those games are in the past, you draw from those experiences. As a kid, you grow up trying to be able to play for the Stanley Cup, and we have a game tonight (that could put them there). This is the most important one right now.”

In the St. Louis Blues’ room, watching the Pittsburgh Penguins‘ dominant Game 6 performance provided the template.

“That’s the way we have to play tonight,” said Kyle Brodziak with a nod. “Every player, every shift, you have to play as if it could be your last.”

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Afternoon news: Nyquist talks about the horse with his name, his season and Tweets of note

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 5x at 9 PM: Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist spoke with the Free Press's Carlos Monarrez about the horse with his name...

“Well, obviously, a bummer that he didn’t win at the Preakness,” Nyquist said. “I thought he raced hard, obviously. Great to see him win at the Kentucky. But now it’s looking like he won’t be able to go to the Belmont. It’s a shame, but hopefully, I’ll be able to catch him at a different event.”

On top of Nyquist’s tough Preakness loss, he also has a high white blood cell count that will keep him out of the Belmont.

So the meeting between horse and man — during which they could ask each other: “Why the long face?” — will have to wait.

But through the horse’s meteoric rise in racing world, Nyquist said he enjoyed having a tangential connection to a champion.

“It’s cool, it’s different,” he said. “I watched the race, and it’s different. They’re calling it a horse instead of my name on the ice. So that was different, for sure. But it was an honor to have him called after me. A lot of fun to follow him, for sure.”

And Nyquist addressed his own performance this past season and spring while speaking with the Detroit News's Matt Charboneau:

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Red Wings announce ‘red vs. white fantasy golf classic’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Red Wings:

… Fans Can Register for Three-Day, Three-Round Golf Tournament Alongside DRW Alumni from June 27-29 in Northern Michigan…

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced the details for the first-ever Red vs. White Fantasy Golf Classic, presented by Bud Light, to give fans an opportunity to golf alongside their favorite Red Wings Alumni at three of the most pristine and beautiful golf courses in Northern Michigan from June 27-29.

The exclusive three-day, three-round golf tournament includes green fees, two nights of lodging at Boyne Highlands Resort, transportation, food, beverage, Red Wings golf apparel, accessories and much more for $3,750 per person.

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