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Sunday, 18 May 2008 23:18
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 SCOREBOARD
Monday, May 19
Detroit at Dallas (8 p.m. EDT). The Stars have cut the Red Wings' lead to 3-2 in the Western Conference finals.

STAR
Sunday
-Ryan Malone and Marian Hossa, Penguins. Malone had two goals and an assist and Hossa added a goal and three assists to lead Pittsburgh to a 6-0 victory over Philadelphia and a spot in the Stanley Cup finals.

SNAPPED
Pittsburgh advanced to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 1992, beating Philadelphia 6-0 Sunday to win the Eastern Conference finals 4-1. The Penguins are 10-0 in the playoffs when scoring first.

SHUTOUTS
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 21 shots to record his third shutout this postseason, helping Pittsburgh advance to the Stanley Cup finals with a 6-0 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday. Fleury is 22-4-1 since late November.

SIDELINED
Philadelphia defenseman Kimmo Timonen returned for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday, a 6-0 season-ending loss, after sitting out the first four games with a blood clot in his left ankle.

STREAKING
Pittsburgh is 12-2 in the postseason and 8-0 in 47-year-old Mellon Arena, the NHL's oldest arena, following Sunday's 6-0 shutout of Philadelphia in the fifth and deciding game of the Eastern Conference finals. The Penguins have won 16 straight at home including the regular season.

WORLD HOCKEY
Ilya Kovalchuk scored his second goal of the game in overtime, giving Russia its first title at the world hockey championships since 1993 with a 5-4 win Sunday over Canada. The loss also ended a 17-game winning streak for Canada dating back to last year's gold medal win. Alexander Semin scored Russia's two other goals. Brent Burns had two goals and Dany Heatley and Chris Kunitz each added one for Canada.

SWINGS
The last time Detroit lost two consecutive playoff games, in the opening round against Nashville, it went on to win nine straight games. The Red Wings have dropped their last two against Dallas in the Western Conference finals but hold a 3-2 series lead.

SPEAKING
``I think that's crept into all of us a little bit. It's building. We're getting a little more of that feeling. None of us will be content just to make a series out of it. We want to win this thing.'' - Dallas captain Brenden Morrow on Sunday about his team's chances of overcoming a 3-0 series deficit. The Stars cut the Red Wings' Western Conference finals lead to 3-2.
 

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