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The Wraparound: Sharks going in for kill; Kaleta talks Hamburg ice rinks

Countless people have picked San Jose to win the Stanley Cup during the past decade. The Sharks are finally one win away from having the chance.

San Jose ran away from St. Louis on Monday night, earning a 6-3 victory to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference final. The Sharks will host Game Six on Wednesday.

"We're reminding ourselves we're not there yet," said Sharks coach Peter DeBoer. "There's a lot of heavy lifting left. We know the team on the other side there. They're not going away. We've been close before and let teams off the mat.

"It's a great opportunity for us, but there's a lot of work left to do before we can start thinking about that."


The Hamburg Town Board meeting Monday night featured a lengthy discussion about building a $25 million sports complex that would feature two ice rinks. Former Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta, who has been looking to add rinks in the Southtowns, attended the meeting.

From Barbara O'Brien's story:

Back in January, the Kaleta Group, made up of professional hockey player Patrick Kaleta and his father, Tom, gave presentations to the board in executive session, along with Sportstar. At that time, the town was planning to buy property for the project. But that property, widely believed to be the former Leisureland property on Camp Road, is no longer on the table, Best said. The Kaletas were among those at Monday’s meeting.

Quinn said the Kaleta Group’s HITS Foundation is a nonprofit organization, not developers that run hockey rinks. Tom Kaleta disputed Monday that the Kaleta Group was not ready to develop, build or run the facility.

The project will be subject to public comment and review as plans become available.


Also in Harrington's column is discussion of Scott Luce, Ryan O'Reilly, Sam Reinhart and Tom McCollum.



The streets of Tampa, Fla., will be alive Tuesday night as the Lightning attempt to eliminate Pittsburgh and advance to the Stanley Cup final (8 p.m., NBCSN).


Still in shock at the sad, sad news regarding Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip having terminal brain cancer.

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