The St. Louis Blues' Alex Pietrangelo lifts the Stanley Cup after the team won its first championship in franchise history, beating the Boston Bruins in seven games.
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Jordan Binnington, starting goaltender for the St. Louis Blues, looks on during the first game of the Blues' playoff series with the San Jose Sharks earlier this month. Binnington may be a rookie, but he's taking part in a tradition that dates back decades.
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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman (center left) presents a jersey with No. 32, signifying that Seattle is soon to be the NHL's 32nd active franchise. The NHL Board of Governors announced the expansion Tuesday.
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The Golden Knights' mascot takes up his sword before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday. Vegas would go on to win that game against the Washington Capitals — but not before the mascot fought a sweat-drenched duel with a sad-sack stand-in for the Caps.
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Marc-Andre Fleury, winner of multiple Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins, had been cast off to Vegas when a younger player took his spot as starting goalie. Now in goal for the Golden Knights, he's four wins away from adding his name yet again to the Cup.
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Scott Foster, an accountant who plays in an amateur recreational hockey league, was suddenly called in as an emergency backup goalie for the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.
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The Chicago Blackhawks mob Brent Seabrook after his game-winning goal against the Boston Bruins in overtime of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday night in Boston.
The thrill of victory; the agony of defeat: Andrew Shaw of the Chicago Blackhawks (right) celebrates after the game-winning goal goes in. Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask looks back toward the puck that's now in his net.
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The NHL's new realignment, due to take effect next season, includes scheduling rules that should let more fans see league scoring leader Sidney Crosby, of the Pittsburgh Penguins, in person.
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