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If Sidney Crosby is right, the Stanley Cup Final that gets underway Monday between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks could be something special.
“This is going to be probably some of the fastest hockey that any of us have ever played,” he said.
Crosby's not just selling the company line. The NHL has carefully crafted its rules to promote both speed and scoring. Both the Sharks and Penguins thrive when the the game is played at a high tempo. Not coincidentally, they're also the two highest-scoring teams in the postseason.
Still, it's a surprise that these two are meeting with the Cup on the line.
That Pittsburgh made it this far is a small miracle. They were a disaster in the first half of the season. Hobbled by a 28th-ranked offense, they got off to a 15-10-3 start that cost coach Mike Johnston his job. They only found their mojo after Mike...