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Thursday, May 22
No game scheduled. The Stanley Cup finals begin on Saturday.

ROENICK RETURNS
Jeremy Roenick agreed to a one-year contract Wednesday to return to San Jose after his revitalizing comeback season with the club. Roenick, a 19-year veteran, had 14 goals and 19 assists for the Sharks after coming out of semi-retirement for another shot at the Stanley Cup. The nine-time All-Star became the third American-born player to score 500 career goals in early November.

SIMILAR SITUATION
Pittsburgh is the first team since the 1983 Edmonton Oilers to win 11 of its first 12 playoff games. The Oilers were swept by the three-time defending champion New York Islanders in the Stanley Cup finals that year. The Penguins begin the finals Saturday against Detroit, which won the Cup in 1997, 1998 and 2002 and is coming off its eighth consecutive 100-point season.

TIED AT THE TOP
Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg is tied with Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby with 21 playoff points. Zetterberg has 11 goals this postseason, second only to teammate Johan Franzen, while Crosby has an NHL-best 17 assists in 14 games. The teams meet in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals on Saturday.

HERE COME SOME HAWKS
Forward Adam Burish and defensemen Dustin Byfuglien and James Wisniewski - all restricted free agents - decided to stay put by agreeing to contracts with Chicago on Wednesday.

SPEAKING
``Probably not in the playoffs. If we did even make the playoffs, we would've been eliminated a long time ago.'' - Detroit general manager Ken Holland on how the Red Wings would fare without the seven Swedish players on the roster.

``I read Wayne Gretzky's book and we'll approach it with our players. I remember a quote of Wayne's that they thought they had given everything. But when they (Oilers) crossed in front of the (Islanders') dressing room, there was not much celebration because they had ice packs on their bodies. That's the price you've got to pay to win the Stanley Cup.'' - Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien comparing the youth of his team with the 1983 Edmonton Oilers, who lost to the three-time defending champion New York Islanders in the Stanley Cup finals.
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