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The Bonino difference; San Jose's nerves (Puck Headlines)

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• Quite the face paint job for Game 1. [Getty]

• Pittsburgh Penguins forward Nick Bonino scores goals at the right moments: “Bonino previously scored two series-clinching overtime goals. He had one in 2014 for the Ducks against the Stars and one against the Capitals in the second round this postseason.”[ESPN]

• How Bonino was the difference for the Penguins against the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. [TSN]

• If Game 1 was any indication, this Penguins/Sharks Stanley Cup Final is sure to thrill the hockey world. [Sportsnet]

• Penguins rookie goaltender Matt Murray came up big in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]

• Sending defenseman Kris Letang on the attack has opened up the Pittsburgh offense in the Mike Sullivan era. [Pensburgh]

• The goals from the Penguins in Game 1 came from unlikely sources – in true team fashion. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

• The San Jose Sharks showed palpable nerves in their loss to the Penguins in Game 1. It was the first Cup Final appearance for many players on the team. [CSN Bay Area]

• The Sharks have time to digest what they did wrong in the first period of Game 1 and correct their problems for Game 2. [San Jose Mercury News]

• What do the Sharks need to do to win Game 2? Here’s an interesting side note on Game 1: “The third line played a poor game overall, for that matter. Chris Tierney finished with a game-worst -10 corsi differential at even strength while Joel Ward (-9) and Melker Karlsson (-8) didn't fare much better. That held true for the fourth line as well and both Justin Braun and Marc-Edouard Vlasic finished as negative possession players after the night ended.” [Fear the Fin]

• Five questions with longtime Penguins play-by-play broadcaster Mike Lange. [NHL]

• Former Pittsburgh forward Pascal Dupuis tried to pump up his team for the Stanley Cup Final. Dupuis had to retire unexpectedly this year because of a blood clot. [Players’ Tribune]

• New York Rangers assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson was reportedly hired by the Carolina Hurricanes to coach the Charlotte Checkers. [Blueshirt Banter]

• The St. Louis Blues face pressing decisions with their roster this summer. [Post-Dispatch]

• Why the Blues need to keep captain David Backes for next season: “He is the Blues version of Albert Pujols. The face of the franchise. The person you associate with a team. Take away the World Series championships and the elite status of Pujols in the Majors and just think about the emotional value to the city. Backes has played 10 years with Blues and is 32 years old(right around the same age and tenure as Pujols).” [St. Louis Gametime]

• Philadelphia Flyers great Rick MacLeish died Tuesday after battling illness for several weeks. [Cherry Hill Courier-Post]

• Will St. Louis Blues forward Troy Brouwer sign with the Vancouver Canucks? He’s a pending unrestricted free agent and is from Vancouver. He recently talked about the topic on local radio. [The Canuck Way]

• Where does 2015 first-round draft pick Mitch Marner fit with the Toronto Maple Leafs next season? Marner just finished the Memorial Cup with the London Knights. [Today's Slapshot]

• The Boston Pride and the New York Riveters of the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) have signed goaltender Brittany Ott (University of Maine) and forward Beth Hanrahan, [NWHL]

• A compelling encounter with an enthusiastic young fan planted the seed for Toledo Walleye forward Evan Rankin to help organize a fantasy hockey camp for players with developmental disabilities. [Toledo Blade]

• On Joel Ward saying the NHL should retire Willie O’Ree’s number and what O’Ree means to current NHL players. [Color of Hockey]

• NHL digital head Chris Foster on how the league is using the cloud to deliver ‘enhanced stats’ and a better fan experience. [IT World Canada

• The Dallas Stars should have salary cap space to work with this summer if they want to improve their roster. [Defending Big D]

• Offseason fantasy outlook for the Detroit Red Wings and Flyers. [Dobber Hockey]

• Finally, Actual penguins eating fish out of the Stanley Cup. 




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