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PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 15:  Marc-Andre Fleury #29 and  Pascal Dupuis #9 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate during the Victory Parade and Rally on June 15, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks to win the NHL Stanley Cup. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Didn’t take long: Flames have inquired about Fleury

Most of us are still cleaning champagne stains off our carpets. The Pens themselves are still cleaning out their lockers. However, 29 other hockey franchises are already gearing up for next season and the Calgary Flames, apparently, are trying to get a head start: Fleury has a 12-team list of places where he can’t be dealt, […]

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PLAYOFF GAMEDAY: The brink.

Game 6: PENGUINS (3-2) at SHARKS (2-3) Stanley Cup Final 8:00 PM EST – NBC SAP Center – San Jose, California The Penguins waited 49 years for an opportunity to raise the Stanley Cup on their home ice. After failing when presented with that opportunity in Game 5, they would be just fine with raising […]

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PLAYOFF GAMEDAY: Do it.

Game 5: SHARKS (1-3) at PENGUINS (3-1) Stanley Cup Final 8:00 PM EST – NBC CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA The Penguins stand one win away from earning their fourth Stanley Cup.

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PLAYOFF GAMEDAY: See you at the crossroads, crossroads.

Game 4: PENGUINS (2-1) at SHARKS (1-2) Stanley Cup Final 8:00 PM EST – NBC SAP Center – San Jose, California We’ve hit the crossroad in this series. The Sharks can tie this thing up tonight, or the Pens can take a commanding 3-to-1 lead in the series. If the double-minor penalty to Nick Bonino […]

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Sharks fans are sleepy

The 8:00 PM EST start for Game 3 meant an early start for the Californians in attendance. For some reason, they seem to be very tired. The dim lighting probably isn’t helping things, as fans are apparently dropping left and right. So much so that the incomparable Hockey Night In Punjabi caught the zzzzzz’s in […]

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PLAYOFF GAMEDAY: Two tickets to paradise.

Game 3: PENGUINS (2-0) at SHARKS (0-2) Stanley Cup Final 8:00 PM EST – NBCSN SAP Center – San Jose, California You’ve heard it before: A playoff series doesn’t start until the home team loses a game. They call it the best-of-seven-game series for a reason. It’s the Stanley Cup Final and that alone is reason […]

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Mike Lange is headed home

Mike Lange is from Sacramento — roughly two hours from San Jose — and is still a frequent visitor to the place he used to call home. He still has plenty of family there. He went to college there. He got his start in broadcasting there. It’s still a huge part of his life. The […]

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Jeff Zatkoff is the best blogger on the internet right now

Jeff Zatkoff has some free time these days. Since he has been relegated to serving as the backup to the backup, he has lent services over to NHL.com as a contributing writer –And I’ll be damned if he isn’t keeping the best journal of this series right now. Check out this excerpt from his review […]

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PLAYOFF GAMEDAY: Blood in the water.

Game 2: SHARKS (0-1) at PENGUINS (1-0) Stanley Cup Final 8:00 PM EST – NBC CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA The Pens stormed out of the gate and took command of Game 1 right from the start. After one period, shots were 15-4 and the scoreboard was 2-0. The Sharks are one of the […]

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Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary Made History Last Night

Check out this from the NHL PR Department: So in the NHL-era of Stanley Cup competition, Rust and Sheary are the only two rookies to open the scoring for a Stanley Cup Final. Somewhere* Dan Bylsma is rolling over in his grave**. *-Buffalo **-Buffalo

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PLAYOFF GAMEDAY: Ready to dance.

Game 1: SHARKS at PENGUINS Stanley Cup Final 8:00 PM EST – NBC CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA At no point this season — certainly not any time before the month of March — did a Playoff Gameday post for the Stanley Cup Final seem fathomable. But here we are, a mere four wins […]

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PLAYOFF GAMEDAY: It’s do-or-die time tonight in Tampa.

Game 6: PENGUINS (2-3) AT LIGHTNING (3-2) Eastern Conference Final 8:00 PM EST – NBCSN Amalie Arena – Tampa Florida If you’re watching the Penguins in a vacuum, then you may be saying to yourself, “If the Penguins lose tonight it will be their 7th defeat versus a lower seed since 2009.”

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PLAYOFF GAMEDAY: Get your pitchforks ready! Pens head home for Game 5.

Game 5: LIGHTNING (2-2) at PENGUINS (2-2) Eastern Conference Final 8:00 PM EST – NBCSN CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA The Lightning needed a quick start in Game 4. A large portion of their gameplan was counting on the Penguins to beat themselves at some point –they needed that to start showing some dividends. […]

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PLAYOFF GAMEDAY: Pens are in complete control heading into Game 4, and you can’t teach that.

Game 4: PENGUINS (2-1) AT LIGHTNING (1-2) Eastern Conference Final 8:00 PM EST – NBCSN Amalie Arena – Tampa, Florida Whatever concern the Penguins’ fans may have been experiencing after the Lightning looked like such a highly-imposing opponent in their Game 1 victory have quickly diminished. The Pens rolled into the Eastern Conference Final with only […]

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PLAYOFF GAMEDAY: Pens head to Tampa, look to raise the bar in Game 3.

Game 3: PENGUINS (1-1) at LIGHTNING (1-1) Eastern Conference Final 8:00 PM EST – NBCSN Amalie Arena – Tampa, Florida I should probably begin by mentioning that I didn’t intend to start a national conspiracy over Matt Murray’s glove. While it did appear that the puck went through his glove, as someone who employs geometry at […]

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