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Tuesday, 13 May 2008 23:57
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 SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, May 14
Detroit at Dallas (8 p.m. EDT). The Red Wings can advance to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 2002 with a victory.

Thursday, May 15
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia (7:30 p.m. EDT). The Penguins can clinch their first Stanley Cup finals appearance since 1992 with a win over the Flyers.

STAR
Monday
-Marian Hossa, Penguins, scored two goals to lead Pittsburgh to a 4-1 win over Philadelphia.

ONE WIN AWAY
Pittsburgh held the Philadelphia Flyers to 18 shots Tuesday night in a 4-1 victory that gave the Penguins a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. One more win against their cross-state rivals, and the Penguins will advance to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr led Pittsburgh to back-to-back titles in 1991 and 92.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
The United States, which finished in third place in Pool F of the world hockey championships, will play Finland in the quarterfinals Wednesday. In other quarterfinal matchups, Switzerland will face Alexander Ovechkin and the powerful Russians while the Czech Republic meets Sweden and Norway faces Canada.

SIGNED
The Boston Bruins signed forward Chuck Kobasew to a multiyear contract extension on Tuesday after his highest scoring season in five years in the NHL. The team did not disclose contract details. Kobasew had career highs of 22 goals, 17 assists and 39 points in 73 games this past season. He finished second on the team in goals to Marco Sturm, who had 27.

SPEAKING
``I don't think any of us saw this coming, we're going to be honest. We thought it would be battles against all three teams, but this series is far from over.'' -Ryan Whitney after Pittsburgh's 4-1 win over Philadelphia on Tuesday night. The Penguins lead the Flyers 3-0 in the Eastern Conference finals.
 

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