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Vokoun Starting For Penguins In Game 3 vs. Bruins

Tomas Vokoun was the first goalie off the ice at Wednesday’s morning skate, and the team announced shortly after he will start between the pipes against the Boston Bruins in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

06/05/2013

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Kings Take Game 3 With 3-1 Win Over Blackhawks

Slava Voynov had a goal and an assist, Jonathan Quick made 19 saves, and the Los Angeles Kings beat Chicago 3-1 in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night, trimming the Blackhawks’ series lead to 2-1.

06/05/2013

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Bruins Playing Best Hockey Of Year, But It Remains All About ‘The Next Game’

Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien says his team is playing their best hockey of the year after taking each of the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals in Pittsburgh, but is far from saying the series against the Penguins is over.

06/04/2013

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Kings Hope To Stay Perfect At Staples Center In Game 3

After back-to-back losses in Chicago, the Kings are hoping they can stay perfect at Staples Center in a crucial Game 3 on Tuesday night.

06/04/2013

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Bruised Bergeron Ready If Physicality Carries Over To Game 2

It’s very rare you see Patrice Bergeron get into a dust up, but when Evgeni Malkin wanted to dance following the second period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday night, the Bruins’ assistant captain was up to the challenge.

06/03/2013

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Kings’ Quick Chased Out In 4-2 Loss, LA Falls Behind 2-0 In Conference Finals

Bryan Bickell and Michal Handzus scored on consecutive shots in the second period, and the Chicago Blackhawks chased goalie Jonathan Quick on their way to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.

06/03/2013

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Bruins Show Off New Defensive Pairings Before Departing For Pittsburgh

The Boston Bruins practiced for one final time on Friday before finally heading off for Pittsburgh, and head coach Claude Julien showed off some new defensive pairings ahead of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Penguins.

05/31/2013

Goaltender Antti Niemi #31 of the San Jose Sharks defends the goal as Justin Williams #14 of the Los Angeles Kings and Justin Braun #61 of the San Jose Sharks battle for the puck in Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Sharks Pack Up For Another Early Offseason, Hopeful About Future

Two days after being knocked out of the playoffs with a Game 7 loss to the Los Angeles Kings, the San Jose Sharks started the all-too-familiar process of packing up for the summer before the Stanley Cup finals have even begun.

05/30/2013

Matt Greene #2 of the Los Angeles Kings trips Bracken Kearns #38 of the San Jose Sharks up, as goaltender Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings defends in the third period of Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. The Kings defeated the Sharks 2-1. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Game 7 Playoff Loss Leaves Sharks With Familiar Feeling

For all the talk about how this version of the San Jose Sharks was different, the disappointing end to the season was all too familiar for an organization still waiting for its first trip to the Stanley Cup.

05/29/2013

Goaltender Antti Niemi #31 of the San Jose Sharks defends the goal as Justin Williams #14 of the Los Angeles Kings and Justin Braun #61 of the San Jose Sharks battle for the puck in Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Sharks Fall To Kings In Game 7 Of Western Conference Semis

Antti Niemi stopped 16 shots, and Dan Boyle scored early in the third period for the Sharks, who fell just short of their third trip to the conference finals in four years.

05/28/2013

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