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The Wraparound: Crosby lifts one trophy, Penguins want another; World Cup rosters; The Hip and hockey

There's a hockey superstition that the only playoff trophy a captain should touch is the Stanley Cup. Sidney Crosby went with his own superstition Thursday night and lifted the Prince of Wales Trophy after a tense 2-1 victory in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference final.

Of course, Crosby had good reason.

The Penguins won the Stanley Cup in those years, and they have a chance to do it again. They knocked off Tampa Bay despite the surprising appearance of Steven Stamkos and will face San Jose in the Cup final.

Assuming that fan gets tickets, he'll be part of an atmosphere that will hopefully be as raucous as Thursday night in Consol Energy Center.

The fans had reason to be excited -- and nervous. Despite being outshot, 39-17, the Lightning were just a bounce or wrister away from sending the game to overtime.

Stamkos played for the first time since March 31. Doctors discovered a blood clot in his arm, and he's had vascular surgery and been taking blood thinners while hoping for the chance to return.

"I just tried to give myself a chance to be ready if needed, if called upon, and tonight was the night," he said. "It didn't end up working out. It's tough right now. It's a tough one to swallow, but when it's all said and done, these guys can look themselves in the mirror because they battled and I don't think a lot of people thought we'd get this far."

The question now for Stamkos is will he go far from Tampa. He's set to be a restricted free agent this summer. He simply said, "No," when asked if he considered this was his last game with the Lightning.


The NHL and NBC proved their lack of common sense Thursday by shutting down a proposed viewing party in Tampa.

The reason given was teams are allowed only one party per round, but television ratings are the real reason.

It's foolish. It's easy to picture a kid saying, "Can we go to the Lightning party?" His parents say sure, and they have a fantastic time. The kid is now a fan for life.

But no, let's make them sit in their living room and flip between the hockey game and the Golden State-Oklahoma City matchup, which was equally as intense.


The World Cup of Hockey rosters will be finalized today, with the lineups from Europe already trickling in. Sabres forward Jack Eichel (North America) and defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen (Finland) were previously announced.

A surprising addition to the Russian squad is Slava Voynov, the former Kings defenseman who was suspended by the NHL and spent time in jail for spousal abuse.


The rest of the World Cup rosters will be revealed as follows: Sweden, 11 a.m.; Europe, 6:09 p.m.; United States, 6:13 p.m.; North America, 6:16 p.m.; Canada, 6:22 p.m.

Buffalo's Robin Lehner (Sweden) and Ryan O'Reilly (Canada) could hear their names called.


And one more time from earlier in the week ...





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