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  1. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs preview: Chicago Blackhawks versu...

    Pierre LeBrun

    It tells you something about the Los Angeles Kings and the Chicago Blackhawks that despite playing in the conference with a deeper pool of legit contenders, they've found a way to stage a reprise of last year's Western Conference finals. "It's going ...

    Story | Conversation | May 14, 2014
  2. NHL -- 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs -- Colorado Avalanche's learning...

    Pierre LeBrun

    Avalanche coach Patrick Roy made it clear that young teams need to take their lumps before developing into true contenders, but that doesn't mean Colorado won't bring it in Game 5, writes ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.

    Story | Conversation | April 25, 2014
  3. NHL -- 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs: A lack of Olympians seems to be...

    Pierre LeBrun

    Having fewer players at the Olympics than other contenders has paid off for the San Jose Sharks, writes ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.

    Story | Conversation | April 23, 2014
  4. 2013 NHL playoffs - Second-round preview: Chicago Blackhawks vers...

    Pierre LeBrun

    The last time Original Six rivals the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks met in the playoffs was in the 2009 Western Conference finals, with the Blackhawks the young bucks still figuring things out and the Red Wings the veteran contenders en ro...

    Story | Conversation | May 13, 2013
  5. Questions abound for Canucks after sweep

    Pierre LeBrun

    It was always going to be the "window" series, two of the Western Conference's long-standing contenders facing off in the first round, with the losers having to face questions about their immediate future. The San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks...

    Blog | May 08, 2013
  6. 2013 NHL playoffs - LeBrun: Top 5 Conn Smythe Trophy contenders

    Pierre LeBrun

    The lockout-shortened regular season has come and gone, and 16 teams are moving on. Pierre LeBrun takes a look at the survivors and identifies five candidates for the Conn Smythe Trophy.

    Story | Conversation | April 26, 2013
  7. Sharks roster needs a fresh coat of paint

    Pierre LeBrun

    The San Jose Sharks have played the second-most playoff games, behind only Detroit, since 2004, when a nine-year run as a contender began with a trip to the conference finals. Because that run hasn't produced a championship -- although three confe...

    Blog | March 18, 2013
  8. 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs: What's next for the Los Angeles Kings

    Pierre LeBrun

    The Kings look to be contenders for years to come, but they have a few roster decisions to make this offseason, writes Pierre LeBrun.

    Story | Conversation | June 13, 2012
  9. 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs: St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks on di...

    Pierre LeBrun

    Few paths are diverging more than those of these two first-round opponents. The young and upcoming Blues are showing they are legitimate contenders, while the Sharks are possibly staring down a window that's closing on them.

    Story | Conversation | April 21, 2012
  10. Rumblings: Sellers starting to emerge

    Pierre LeBrun

    Ray Whitney is on the radar of a few contenders and with good reason, the Wizard amazingly leading the Phoenix Coyotes in scoring at 39 years old. An unrestricted free agent July 1, he could be on the move if the Coyotes fall out of the playoff ra...

    Blog | February 09, 2012
  11. Sharks' early run just part of bigger goal

    Pierre LeBrun

    There are 1,230 games in the regular season, but they don't always measure up. But on Thursday night, two Stanley Cup contenders met at the Shark Tank in a game that could have gone either way and certainly provided full value to the paying public...

    Blog | November 04, 2011
  12. Trophy Tracker: Top Calder candidates

    Pierre LeBrun

    Is two weeks into the season too early to discuss the Calder Trophy race? Not at ESPN.com! We're a little crazy that way. So let's take a look at the early race as we see it with our top five contenders as of Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 18): 1. Luke...

    Blog | October 19, 2011
  13. Second-round breakdown: San Jose Sharks versus Detroit Red Wings

    Pierre LeBrun

    This will be a hard-fought battle between two Cup contenders, but Pierre LeBrun believes Detroit will edge San Jose in the end.

    Story | Conversation | April 27, 2011
  14. Vezina race: Top contenders, our winner

    Pierre LeBrun

    The NHL's 30 general managers will soon have to fill out their annual Vezina Trophy ballots to determine the league's top goaltender for the 2010-11 season. I canvassed nine GMs on Wednesday; obviously, none of them would tell me exactly where the...

    Blog | March 30, 2011
  15. Playoff feel in battle of East contenders

    Pierre LeBrun

    TAMPA, Fla. -- On a night when the folks at the St. Pete Times Forum were treated to playoff-type hockey two months before the real thing, the Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning left the same sheet of ice feeling pretty good about themselves...

    Blog | February 15, 2011
  16. Ducks climbing out of early-season hole

    Pierre LeBrun

    There's another hockey team not named the Los Angeles Kings winning a few games in Southern California these days. Exactly how they got here after the way their season started, well, that's a story in itself. Unlike the Kings, a clear contender...

    Blog | November 12, 2010