• Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos, takes a shot during a warmup skate before Game 7 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Pittsburgh. Stamkos hasn't played in any playoff games this season. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Steven Stamkos says he’d like to remain with Lightning

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

  • Pittsburgh Penguins' Bryan Rust, center is congratulated by teammates Evgeni Malkin, left, and Ben Lovejoy (12) after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of Game 7 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Penguins top Lightning 2-1 to advance to Stanley Cup Final

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bryan Rust scored a pair of second-period goals and Matt Murray stopped 16 shots to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday night to send the franchise to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2009.

  • St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott, left, greets San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) after the Sharks beat the Blues in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The Sharks won 5-2. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    2 long series wins might have exhausted Blues

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A pair of seven-game series wins might have taken a toll on the St. Louis Blues.

  • San Jose Sharks players celebrate after beating the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The Sharks won 5-2. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Sharks head to 1st Cup final after 5-2 win over Blues

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Two years after their most devastating playoff loss, the San Jose Sharks held their most meaningful celebration.

  • The San Jose Sharks' Joel Ward (42) celebrates with teammates after scoring against the St. Louis Blues during the third period in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Sharks head to 1st Cup final after 5-2 win over Blues

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and the rest of the San Jose Sharks gathered around the Campbell Bowl for a celebratory picture after winning the Western Conference final.

  • Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Phil Kessel (81) celebrates Sidney Crosby's (87) goal during the second period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Game 7, spot in Cup final awaits Penguins and Lightning

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby is in no mood to get caught up in his own personal narrative, the one eager to attach whatever happens to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday against Tampa Bay to the superstar’s legacy.

  • Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) watches as his shot heads into the net for a goal as Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88), of Russia, is unable to defend, during the second period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

    Crosby helps Penguins beat Lightning to force Game 7

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins made good on Evgeni Malkin’s pledge to force Game 7 in the Eastern Conference final.

  • San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the second period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals, Monday, May 23, 2016, in St. Louis. At right is St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko (55). (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Sharks need 1 win vs. Blues to reach 1st Stanley Cup final

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Marleau has played more than 1,500 games with the San Jose Sharks since joining the NHL as an 18-year-old draft pick but never one quite like the next one.

  • San Jose Sharks right wing Joonas Donskoi (27) chases the puck against St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen (34) during the third period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals, Monday, May 23, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Blues go back to goalie Brian Elliott for Game 6

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Blues are going back to goaltender Brian Elliott for Game 6 of the Western Conference finals against the San Jose Sharks.

  • San Jose Sharks right wing Joel Ward (42)  gets the puck past St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen (34) for a score during the second period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals, Monday, May 23, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Pavelski scores twice, Sharks top Blues to take 3-2 lead

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — All the time Joe Pavelski has spent practicing his stick work has paid off big for the San Jose Sharks.