Wednesday, May 21
No game scheduled. The Stanley Cup finals begin on Saturday.

Sidney Crosby, at age 20, will be the youngest captain in Stanley Cup history when Pittsburgh takes on Detroit on Saturday. No NHL team of recent vintage has gone into the finals with so many of its key players so young - Crosby, forwards Jordan Staal (19) and Evgeni Malkin (21) and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (23) are 23 or younger. All this youth creates an interesting contrast with the Red Wings, who have 14 players who are 30 or older.

Detroit doesn't expect to have leading scorer Johan Franzen in the lineup for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals Saturday. The forward known as Mule, who has an NHL-high 12 goals in the playoffs, missed the last five games against the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference finals because of concussion-like symptoms.

The Boston Bruins re-signed veteran defenseman Aaron Ward to a multiyear contract extension. The35-year-old Ward had five goals and eight assists in 65 regular-season games for the Bruins last year, as well as one assist in six playoff games. He has 40 goals and 88 assists in a 13-year career with five teams.

``We're keeping it as normal as possible, the same way we've approached every series - and that's making sure we worry about ourselves. I think our game is our focus.'' - Penguins captain Sidney Crosby on his team's preparation for the Stanley Cup finals.

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