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Pisani moment re-lived; Kessel and Toronto (Puck Headlines)

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• Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray is getting all sorts of buzz in the Steel City. [Puck Junk]

• Pens forward Matt Cullen warns his team against a ‘Fernando Pisani moment’ referencing his own experience from the 2006 Stanley Cup Final. [TSN]

• The city of Pittsburgh hasn’t witnessed a major pro team win a championship at home since Bill Mazeroski and the Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series in 1960. [USA Today]

• If the Penguins win the Stanley Cup, who wins the Conn Smythe Trophy? [Pens Labyrinth]

• What does Toronto think of Phil Kessel now? The forward received lots of criticism when he was a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Now he’s on the Cusp of a Cup for the first time in his career. [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]

• The San Jose Sharks’ third defense pair with Roman Polak and Brenden Dillon have struggled against the Penguins. [CSN Bay Area]

• The Sharks still have a chance to win the Cup. But it’s a very small chance. [San Jose Mercury News]

• San Jose's best players have mostly been held silent in this Cup Final. Why have they struggled? [Blades of Teal]

• Joe Pavelski is “close to breaking out” says San Jose coach Peter DeBoer. Pavelski has been held without a goal over four games this series. [Sportsnet]

• If the Penguins win the Stanley Cup, will teams try to copy their speed game when building a roster? [Pensburgh]

• More NHL players are coming from Sweden than ever before. [IIHF]

• Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland says the league is healthy enough to expand. There are rumors that the NHL is on the verge of recommending expansion into Las Vegas. [Detroit Free Press]

• Should the Boston Bruins have faith in their current brain trust? [Boston Sports Desk]

• Guy Lafleur is not a fan of the Sharks' heavily bearded players. [Sportsnet]

• Will Bitten said he interviewed with 27 teams at the NHL draft combine. The situation he endured with the OHL’s Flint Firebirds this season was a frequent question. [Buzzing the Net

• Check out Sidney Crosby’s first player card when he was a teenager with Shattuck St. Mary’s. [Puck Junk]

• A deep look at last season for Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin. [Japers’ Rink]

• The Kings will celebrate their 50th anniversary next season. Some details on what could happen opening night. [Mayor’s Manor]

• Jamie Storr talks all things Kings, his time in Los Angeles and living with Wayne Gretzky. [The Royal Half]

• Los Angeles general manager Dean Lombardi opines on the NBA Finals and how hard it is to win a championship.  [LA Kings Insider]

• Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba is “absolutely willing” to re-sign with the hockey club. Trouba is a pending restricted free agent. [Today’s Slapshot]

• Ben Scrivens explains how to play goal in the NHL. [Players' Tribune]

• Meet Kenya’s ice hockey team: “If you didn’t know you were fewer than 90 miles from the equator, it would be hard to tell from the inside of the Solar Ice Rink. The scrape of skates and blaring music echo off mural-covered walls where painted figures of every skin color skate, ski and toboggan against an idyllic alpine backdrop.”  [Mashable]

• Brazil's ice hockey team struggles with the basics, like skating on ice. [Wall Street Journal]

• How Rogers got Hockey Night in Canada wrong. [Pension Plan Puppets]

• What will happen next after the NHL announces expansion into Las Vegas? A look at potential upcoming steps for the new franchise and the league. [Sin Bin Vegas]

• Who was the most improved member of the Dallas Stars last season? What will the team do in the upcoming NHL Draft? [Dallas Morning News]

• Should the Carolina Hurricanes trade defenseman Justin Faulk? [The Hockey Writers]

• Who are the top age 20 fantasy breakout candidates for next season? [Dobber Hockey]

• Finally, Daniel Carcillo talks about his difficulties after retiring. 





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