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Canada beats Finland 2-0 to win world hockey championship (The Associated Press)

Canada defeated previously unbeaten Finland 2-0 in the gold medal game at the world ice hockey championship on Sunday. Connor McDavid teamed up with Matt Duchene to score midway through the first period, cutting in from the right and flicking the puck over Finnish goaltender Mikko Koskinen's stick. It was McDavid's first goal of the tournament, coming in his 10th appearance, but last year's No. 1 NHL draft pick had been playing a team-oriented game, racking up eight assists in that time.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on May 22, 2016 at 5:05 pm

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Shawn Michaels, HBK Line and 10 other NHL/wrestling connections (Puck Daddy)

PITTSBURGH – Sidney Crosby smiled widely as the memories flooded back.  Growing up, the Pittsburgh Penguins captain was a fan of Shawn Michaels, the WWE wrestling legend who headlined main events from 1989 through 2010. “Yeah, I was. I liked Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart but I was also a Shawn Michaels fan," remembered Crosby, in a bit of Canadian sacrilege . "That would have been right around the time when I was following it. He was in his prime,”  He was known as the Heartbreak Kid, or HBK, a moniker that’s taken on some unexpected relevance in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Penguins’ outstanding line of Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino and Phil Kessel has been christened the HBK Line by fans and media. And, thanks to those fans and an invitation from Brett Keisel of the Steelers, Michaels will be in the building for Game 5 of the Penguins’ Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning. “It’s kinda cool,” said Crosby. “These things kind of evolve out of nowhere, but that line has been playing great.” Michaels said when he became aware of the HBK Line, he wasn’t sure if it was something only a few fans were using or if it had taken on a life of its own. Turns out it’s the latter, from T-shirts mashing up hockey and wrestling to Pittsburgh staple Primanti Bros. offering up a sandwich in his and the line’s name: Cheer HBK. Live HBK. Now eat HBK w/ our ham, bacon & kielbasa sandwich, available for Game 4! #HBKSandwich #HBKLine pic.twitter.com/GO19Tnt3dY — Primanti Bros (@primantibros) May 19, 2016 “I’m absolutely blown away with what’s been going on in the last 48 hours. I’ve had more stuff named for me in the city of Pittsburgh than I ever have in my hometown of San Antonio,” Michaels told NHL Network. So the hockey-and-wrestling connection is strong in the Eastern Conference Final, but it’s far from the first connection we've seen between the squared circle and the rink. In light of Shawn Michaels and the Penguins, here are 10 hockey and wrestling connections, some of which have taken place in previous postseasons:  1. Ric Flair ‘Wooooooo’s’ The Carolina Hurricanes Pete Soto, the guy in charge of Jumbotron videos for the Hurricanes 10 years ago, started playing the trademarked ‘Woooooo!’ of The Nature Boy Ric Flair when the Hurricanes would score a goal or go on the power play. At first, the fans hated it. And then they woo’d along with it. Flair, who lived in Charlotte, embraced it, attending games in a “Nature Boy” Hurricanes jersey, sounding the arena siren and recording additional videos with proclamations like: "That's a stylin' and profilin' Hurricanes goal. Woo!" 2. Brutus Beefcake and the Boston Bruins

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on May 22, 2016 at 3:11 pm

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Lightning-Penguins Preview (The Associated Press)

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan has been stressing for weeks his team has multiple goaltenders capable of taking the franchise to the Stanley Cup. Rookie Matt Murray's precocious postseason play came to a sudden and abrupt halt in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday night. Sullivan pulled the 21-year-old after two periods in which the energized Tampa Bay Lightning forced Murray to dig the puck out of the net four times.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on May 21, 2016 at 2:37 pm

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Lightning beat Penguins 4-3, even Eastern Conference finals (The Associated Press)

Ninety minutes before the opening faceoff, Jon Cooper talked about what the Tampa Bay Lightning needed to do to get back on track in the Eastern Conference finals. Ryan Callahan provided an early spark, Andrei Vasilevskiy made two big saves in the closing minutes to avoid a total third-period collapse, and the resilient Lightning held Friday night for a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. Callahan tipped a shot past goalie Matt Murray just 17 seconds into the game.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on May 21, 2016 at 12:13 am

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Stamkos’s risks; IIHF adds 3-on-3; Bruins’ poor drafting (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)

Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at  puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com .

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