Silverman: Role Players, Rookies Have Taken Over Stanley Cup FinalWhile all four are having an impact through the first three games of the championship, the lesser-known players on both teams have been the decisive players thus far.
Hartnett: Big-Game Joel Ward Proving To Be An Indispensable Glue Player For SharksThe Sharks are 4-0 when Ward scores a goal this postseason. His latest came at 8:48 of the third period when he unleashed a powerful slapshot past Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray, forcing overtime.
Silverman: Penguins Outplaying Sharks By Wide Margin After 2 GamesThe Sharks were lucky to keep both games as close as they were, and the Penguins were the better team in both games.
Silverman: Round 1 Goes To Penguins, But Don’t Count Out DeBoer’s Sharks Just YetThe Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks is the series that proves coaching changes matter.
Penguins Beat Sharks 3-2 In Stanley Cup Game 1Nick Bonino scored with 2:33 left to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.
Silverman: NHL Playoffs Once Again The Most Underrated Story In SportsThe New York City locals have long been eliminated, but the drama of the two conference final series has been remarkable.
Silverman: Look for Penguins, Blues To Advance To Stanley Cup FinalThere’s no denying that there is a certain emptiness to the conference finals this year after the flameouts of the Rangers in the first round and the Islanders in the second round.
Hartnett: Rutherford Deserves Praise For Masterminding Penguins' RevivalJust like Winston Wolfe in Pulp Fiction, veteran general manager Jim Rutherford was summoned to fix a mess. He has done that and then some with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Islanders Out To Keep Up Intensity, Avoid A 3-1 Series DeficitDespite a disappointing overtime loss in their last game, the New York Islanders were pleased with their improved play.
Schwartz: Ranking The Worst Playoff Losses In Islanders HistoryThere’s no sugarcoating it. The Islanders’ 5-4 overtime loss to the Lightning in Game 3 on Tuesday night at Barclays Center was painful and hard to comprehend. But there have been worse moments for this team in the postseason.
Capellini: Islanders Chose A Really Bad Time To Revisit Their Ugly PastThere was just nothing acceptable about what went down on Tuesday night in Brooklyn, regardless of what Jack Capuano says.
Lightning's Boyle Won't Face Discipline For Hit On Islanders' HickeyBrian Boyle won't be suspended for his thunderous overtime check on Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey on Tuesday night.