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Excitement around Preds building ahead of Game 6.

Linda Cohn describes the buzz around Nashville as the Predators seeks to reach their first Stanley Cup final with a win against the Ducks in Game 6.

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Crosby leads Pens' Game 5 barrage.

Sidney Crosby redirects Trevor Daley's slapper for a goal and adds an assist on a beautiful no-look pass to Phil Kessel.

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