Penguins beat Lightning, advance to Stanley Cup Final

The Sharks’ first-ever appearance in the Stanley Cup final will start on Monday in Pittsburgh.

PITTSBURGH – When new coach Mike Sullivan walked into the Pittsburgh Penguins dressing room for the first time on Dec. 14, he had a team that wasn’t in a playoff position.

Friday morning, when he wakes up, he will have a team in the Stanley Cup Final.

“I don’t know if there’s another team in the league that has faced more adversity since the start of training camp,” Sullivan said. “These guys have found a way to have success. They deserve a lot of credit for their resilience through difficult times.”

The Penguins, who endured a rough start, a coach firing and multiple trades, were at their defensive best Thursday when they downed the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 7 to win the Eastern Conference Final and earn a place in the Stanley Cup…

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