Rookie forward Bryan Rust scored a pair of second-period goals and Matt Murray stopped 16 shots to lift Pittsburgh to a 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday night, sending the Penguins to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2009.
The San Jose Sharks advanced to their first Stanley Cup final in franchise history Wednesday by fending off the St. Louis Blues 5-2 in game six of their Eastern Conference series.
The United States upended the odds and downed the Czech Republic 2-1 in a shootout to reach the semifinals of the ice hockey world championship on Thursday.
For a San Jose team whose playoff struggles have often come down to running into a streaky goaltender at the wrong time, it must be nice to have the goalie making all the stops.
Two-time winners Finland beat Canada 4-0 in their final Group B match in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday, to end the reigning champions' 16-match winning streak at the world championship.
San Jose's Brent Burns scored the Sharks' first two power-play goals of the NHL Western Conference finals, leading the visitors to a 2-0 victory at St. Louis on Tuesday, squaring the West finals at a game apiece.
Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby scored just 40 seconds into overtime to give the Penguins a 3-2 win against Tampa Bay on Monday, squaring the NHL Eastern Conference finals series at 1-1.
The sight of their franchise goalie writhing in agony did little to slow down the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Defending champions Canada overpowered Germany 5-2 in their world championship Group B encounter to record their fourth win in as many matches in Saint Petersburg on Thursday.
San Jose advanced to the NHL Western Conference finals by cruising past Nashville 5-0 in Thursday's Game 7 of their second-round series, with Sharks captain Joe Pavelski getting the team off to a fast start with his franchise record-tying ninth goal of the playoffs.