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Sharks, Penguins both like to play fast

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(AP) -- It will be speed vs. speed in the Stanley Cup final between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins.

San Jose got through the Western Conference the same way Pittsburgh got through the East: with plenty of depth and speed to kill. The final will feature the three top playoff scorers in the Sharks' Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns against Penguins stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

"It's going to be fast hockey," Crosby said after the Penguins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the East final Thursday night. "Two teams that want to play the exact same way, that want to get their D involved (and) their power play is really dangerous. ... It's going to be quite the series."


Penguins go from chaos to Cup Final

PITTSBURGH (AP) During his first day on the job in mid-December, Mike Sullivan looked around the Pittsburgh Penguins' dressing room and saw a couple of MVPs, a handful of All-Stars and millionaires in abundance.

He also saw a group languishing in the bottom of the Eastern Conference. No life. No momentum. And - at the time, it seemed - little hope for a quick fix.


Thornton, Marleau finally in Cup Final

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau have been linked ever since they went one-two in the 1997 NHL draft to Boston and San Jose.

They became teammates with the Sharks more than a decade ago, won a gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympics and each had their captaincies stripped as they became the faces of so many postseason failures in San Jose.


Stamkos wants to stay with Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Steven Stamkos hopes he hasn't played his last game for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The two-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner as the NHL's top goal scorer can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, however he reiterated Friday that he'd like to stay with the team drafted him No. 1 overall in 2008 and came within one victory of reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight year.


Kessel out, Matthews in as rosters set

(AP) -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel won't be representing the United States in the World Cup of Hockey, while 18-year-old Auston Matthews was among Team North America's final selections Friday.

The Czech Republic couldn't convince Jaromir Jagr to compete. And the NHL is questioning Russia for adding defenseman Slava Voynov in light of the domestic violence charges that ended his career with the Los Angeles Kings.


Russian D Voynov unclear for World Cup

(AP) -- Former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov is no sure thing to play in the World Cup of Hockey despite being named to Russia's final roster on Friday.

Voynov served two months in jail on domestic violence charges, was detained by immigration officials and voluntarily returned to Russia last year. Those legal troubles could keep him out of the tournament.


NBC Sports changes TV schedule for Final

NEW YORK (AP) NBC Sports is switching up its broadcast schedule for the Stanley Cup Final.

In recent years, Games 1 and 2 had been on NBC, with Games 3 and 4 on cable partner NBCSN. If necessary, the final three games returned to NBC.


Senators D Phillips announces retirement

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips is closing out his career with the only NHL team he has ever known.

Drafted first overall by the Senators in 1996, the 38-year-old Phillips announced his retirement Thursday. He had 71 goals and 217 assists in 1,179 career regular-season games, but missed this past season because of back issues.


Devils sign French D Auvitu

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils signed French defenseman Yohann Auvitu to a one-year, two-way, entry-level contract Friday.

The 26-year-old Auvitu spent parts of the previous six seasons in Finland's top professional league with JYP Jyvaskyla and HIFK Helsinki.

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