1. Best of Three: Why The Pittsburgh Penguins Defeated Ottawa in Round One

    It might not have been pretty. It certainly wasn't how Dan Bylsma envisioned the evening going. But the Penguins managed to prevail in Game Six at Scotiabank Place despite falling behind 3-0 early on...

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  2. Pittsburgh Penguins Eliminate the Ottawa Senators in Game 6

    The Pittsburgh Penguins played the type of hockey Dan Bylsma preached for over five hours on Thursday night. They attempted close to 130 shots on the night...

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  3. Pittsburgh Penguins Take a 3-1 Series Lead After Game Four Goal Bonanza

    Game Four of a series is usually a must-win game for both teams. Unless it's a 3-0 advantage, chances are it will decide the series winner...

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  4. Jordan Staal Receives A Much-Deserved Selke Trophy Nomination

    It was announced on Tuesday that Pittsburgh Penguins' center Jordan Staal is one of the three finalists for the annual Selke Trophy for the NHL's best defensive forward, along with Ryan Kesler and two-time winner Pavel Datsyuk...

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  5. Pittsburgh Penguins Outgun Ottawa Senators in Game Three as Crosby, Malkin Score

    However difficult the Stanley Cup playoffs might be in your own building, they only get twice as hard traveling into enemy territory. The beehive—also known as Scotiabank Place—would be the site of the Pittsburgh Penguins' newest obstacle...

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  6. Pittsburgh Penguins Prevail in Demolition Derby to Tie the Series at One

    Lose one game at home in the Stanley Cup playoffs, you lose home-ice advantage. Lose a second game at home and you can nearly kiss any hopes of winning the series good bye...

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  7. The Pittsburgh Penguins Receive a Bucket of Ice Water to the Face in Game One

    Nobody ever said it would be easy. In fact, repeating as champions in any sport is even harder than winning it the first place. By that standard, the Pittsburgh Penguins entered the 2010 playoffs differently than ever before...

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  8. The Pittsburgh Penguins' Top 10 Playoff Moments of the Sidney Crosby Era

    It's that magical time of year again. For many months now, fans and players alike have waited anxiously for the playoffs to begin. Luckily, there's no more waiting now as the playoff matchups have been set...

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  9. Russian Premier League Picks, Week Five: Russia Hails Valiant CSKA

    The dream is over. In front of 55,000 strong at the Luzhniki Stadium, CSKA Moscow fell to Italian powerhouse Internazionale 1-0 and 2-0 on aggregate...

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  10. Zenit St. Petersburg Interested in Marta: Innovative or Insane?

    Every week, the Russian newspapers print a series of rumors that have been swirling around football. Most are completely ridiculous and haven't got a shred of truth to them. Some others are more wishful thinking on the part of the editors...

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  11. Russian Premier League Picks: Week Four

    All eyes in Russia were on CSKA Moscow this week, and for good reasons. The Army Men headed to Milan and the San Siro for the first Champions League quarterfinal in club history...

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  12. Russian Premier League Picks: Week Three

    Apart from the domestic frivolities, the Russian Premier League was quiet for the first time with no activity going on in European play...

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  13. The Best Team Not Going to the 2010 World Cup

    Every day, the World Cup in South Africa draws closer. For the fans and players alike, they have waited four years for the opportunity to come around again. But some are not so lucky...

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  14. He Who Hesitates Is Lost: The Top Five NHL Trade Deadline Deals of 2010

    Many times at the NHL trade deadline, fortune favors the bold. The bold General Managers, who are willing to pay the price to try to upgrade their rosters before a playoff push. Some trades are blockbusters but others are only minor depth moves...

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  15. Russian Premier League Picks, Week Two: It's Zenit vs. Spartak!

    The opening week of the Russian Premier League wasn't filled with goals, but it was certainly filled with it's fair share of drama...

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  16. Zenit-Samara: Luciano Spalletti Earns First Win as Danny Fires Past Opponents

    As the opening weekend of Russian football continued, an under-stocked Zenit St. Petersburg squad headed to Samara for the first match under Italian manager Luciano Spalletti...

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  17. Russian Premier League Picks, Week One: Who Can Challenge the Big Six?

    The day has finally come. The Russian Premier League is back in full swing again and, perhaps, better than ever. At least the Big Six might feel that way. A quartet of Moscow-based clubs looks to make a strong impression, while the boys from Kazan and St.

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  18. 2010 RPL Preview: How Far Can Spalletti Take Zenit St. Petersburg?

    2009 Record: 15-9-6, 54 points (third place and UEFA Champions League third-round qualifying) In 2009, a struggling Zenit side axed the most successful manager in club history, Dick Advocaat, after a loss to Tom Tomsk in early August...

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  19. 2010 RPL Preview: CSKA Moscow Is Reloaded and Ready for Redemption

    2009 Record: 16-4-10, 52 points (Fifth place and UEFA Europa League third-round qualifying) 2009 was a season filled with turbulence for CSKA...

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  20. 2010 RPL Preview: Can Rubin Kazan Make It Three in a Row?

    2009 Record: 19-6-5, 63 points (first place, Russian Champions, and UEFA Champions League Group stage) Rubin defied all odds in 2008, winning their first Russian Premier League title when the club had never even been a part of the Soviet top division...

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  21. Why Does Landon Donovan Need To Stay at Everton? Ask Andrei Arshavin

    Landon Donovan and Andrei Arshavin have a lot in common. No, really, they actually do. You could almost go as far as saying that the American enigma and the Russian superstar are nearly the same...

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  22. But I Want a Pony!: Alexei Ponikarovsky Traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins

    Another year, another busy trade deadline period for Ray Shero and the Pittsburgh Penguins. A day after trading a second round pick in the upcoming draft to Florida for defenseman Jordan Leopold, Shero was at it again, this time with offense in mind...

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  23. 2010 RPL Preview: The 15 Finest Defenders in the Russian Premier League

    There's an old saying that carries true through many sports - defense wins Championships. In the Russian Premier League, this was absolutely no different...

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  24. Zenit Signs Yuri Zhevnov, but is the Goal Big Enough for Two Keepers?

    Not even five minutes after completing a friendly match with UEFA Champions League side Dynamo Kiev, Zenit St. Petersburg announced the signing of Belorussian international goalkeeper Yuri Zhevnov from the now-bankrupt FC Moscow...

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  25. 2010 Winter Olympics: Russia Wins Group B With a Great Display of Hart

    Losing in a shootout on Thursday to Slovakia did not sit well with anybody in the Russian locker room. But despite dropping crucial points, the team remained upbeat even though they knew they had a lot of work to do...

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