Sidney Crosby and Matt Murray: The Kid and the kid quiet critics

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Greg Wyshynski) — TAMPA, Fla. – Sidney Crosby and Matt Murray sat together in front of microphones after the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Game 6 victory at the Tampa Bay Lightning. One is The Kid, despite being 28 years old, hat turned forward. The other is the kid, turning 22 on Wednesday, hat turned backward.  Both answered their doubters and critics in their own way, willing the Eastern Conference Final to a Game 7...
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Lightning lose goal, lose pucks and lose chance to end Penguins

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Greg Wyshynski) — TAMPA, Fla. – It happened again.  The Tampa Bay Lightning, with a chance to close out their opponent in the Eastern Conference Final, lose Game 6 on home ice. All the Lightning talked about leading up to Tuesday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins were the lessons they learned from last season’s blowout loss to the New York Rangers in the same scenario. About not squandering...
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NHL Three Stars: Crosby, Murray lead Penguins in Game 6

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Sean Leahy) — No. 1 Star: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins Crosby scored what would end up being his third game-winning goal of the postseason to give the Penguins a 3-0 lead with 26 seconds left in the second period. It was the 49th postseason goal of his career. He also added an assist on Kessel’s opening tally.  No. 2 Star: Brian Boyle, Tampa Bay Lightning  The third period was all Boyle as...
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Penguins, Crosby force Game 7 vs. Lightning with 5-2 win

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Greg Wyshynski) — TAMPA, Fla. – For the second straight season, the Tampa Bay Lightning failed to close out an opponent in an Eastern Conference Final Game 6 at home.  The good news is that they went on to defeat the New York Rangers in Game 7 last year, earning a trip to the Stanley Cup Final. The bad news is that the Pittsburgh Penguins aren’t the New York Rangers. The Penguins forced a Game 7 on Tuesday...
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Sidney Crosby slices through Tampa defense, scores beauty (Video)

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Sean Leahy) — After tallying a late first period goal to take a 1-0 lead, the Pittsburgh Penguins made the most out of the middle 20 minutes of Game 5.   Facing elimination in Tampa, the Penguins scored twice to put the Lightning in position facing a 3-0 deficit as the final period approached. Topping off the two-goal second period was Sidney Crosby, who beat a pair defenders with 26 seconds to go to notch...
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Jonathan Drouin ruled offside as Penguins win early challenge (Video)

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Sean Leahy) — The Tampa Bay Lightning thought they had grabbed the lead 5:12 into Game 6, but a wise challenge by Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan wiped the goal off the scoreboard.  Jonathan Drouin would have had his fifth goal of the postseason after pouncing on a loose puck in front of the Pittsburgh net, but the review showed that the young Lightning forward’s skate caused the offside. ...
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Stanley Cup Final starts Monday, potential ‘Ninja Warrior’ conflict

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Greg Wyshynski) — The Tampa Bay Lightning and the San Jose Sharks are poised to close our their respective series in the next 48 hours. Or, perhaps, have the conference finals roll to a Game 7. Either way, the winners will have a relatively quick turnaround, as the NHL’s championship round begins on Monday.  The NHL announced that the 2016 Stanley Cup Final starts on Monday, a.k.a. May 30 a.k.a. Memorial Day...
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NHL -- 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs -- San Jose Sharks veteran Patrick Marleau enjoying being close to the finals

ESPN: NHL Patrick Marleau -- a member of the San Jose Sharks for 19 sometimes painful seasons -- is quietly enjoying being ever-so-close to battling it out for the ultimate goal.
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Bruins sign Kevan Miller to 4-year deal, for some reason

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Greg Wyshynski) — Kevan Miller was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, after making $800,000 last season. Instead, he’ll make $2.5 million next season, and three more after that, as the Boston Bruins re-signed him to a new four-year deal on Tuesday.  From the Bruins: In his third season with Boston, Miller competed in a career-high 71 games and also established career highs in goals...
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Brian Elliott back in Blues' goal for Game 6 facing elimination

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Sean Leahy) — Ken Hitchcock, like Mike Sullivan of the Pittsburgh Penguins, is going back on a Game 5 decision regarding his goaltender. The Blues head coach announced on Tuesday that Brian Elliott will start Game 6, one day after Jake Allen allowed four goals on 25 shots in a 6-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks. St. Louis heads back out west with their season on the line Wednesday night facing a 3-2 series...
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Shirtless David Puddy poses with David Puddy goalie mask (Photo)

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Greg Wyshynski) — The classic sitcom “Seinfeld” gave the pop culture world many enduring legacies – Festivus, shrinkage, Julia-Louis Dreyfus – while also delivering one for hockey culture: David Puddy, lunk-headed boyfriend of Elaine Benes, and his face/chest painted support of the New Jersey Devils. Everybody now: ‘Gotta support the team.’ The visage of his red and green face was immortalized on the goalie...
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NHL - 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs - Pittsburgh Penguins stars deliver with clutch performances in Game 6

ESPN: NHL The Pittsburgh Penguins superstars backed up their words and stole the show on the road against the Tampa Bay Lightning to force a winner-take-all Game 7.
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What the heck is going on with the Florida Panthers?

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Greg Wyshynski) — For a while there, it looked like Scott Luce was going to outlast the Panthers in Florida.  He was involved in scouting for 14 years. That’s seven head coaches and five general managers in Florida Panthers’ terms. As director of scouting, he oversaw the construction of the Panthers team that won the Atlantic Division this season and produced two rookies of the year in Jonathan Huberdeau and...
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Matt Murray named Game 6 starter for Penguins, facing elimination

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Greg Wyshynski) — TAMPA, Fla. – With their season on the line, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan has decided to go back to rookie goalie Matt Murray after starter Marc-Andre Fleury took a loss in Game 5.  “Matt Murray is our starting goaltender,” said Sullivan, of Tuesday's Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final at the Tampa Bay Lightning, “and the reason, just like we make all of our lineup decisions,...
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Pavelski on fire; Letang's recent struggles (Puck Headlines)

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Josh Cooper) — Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at  puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com .   Did you think Jon Hamm was going to miss this game? Neither did we! #stlblues #StanleyCup #WeAllBleedBlue pic.twitter.com/orW0XzISs8 —...
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