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PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Penguins will be making their fifth appearance in the Stanley Cup final, and their first since 2009.
Bryant Rust scored twice while the Pens dominated the second period of a 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. Rust opened the scoring 1:55 into the middle period and snapped a 1-1 tie just 30 seconds after Jonathan Drouin tied the game for the Lightning. Evgeni Malkin assisted on both Penguins goals.
Rust has scored five times in the postseason after scoring just four in 41 regular-season games.
The Pens outshot the Lightning 39-17 overall, including a 21-5 margin in the second period. Tampa Bay put just seven shots on goal against Matt Murray in the final period.
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 37 saves, but he needed 39 to send Tampa Bay back to the Cup final for a second straight year.
Captain Steven Stamkos had two shots in his return from a two-month layoff while dealing with a blood clot.
The outcome sets up a final series between the Penguins and San Jose Sharks, which will begin Monday in Pittsburgh. The Penguins will be gunning for their fourth Stanley Cup since joining the NHL in 1967. The Sharks are in the finals for the first time.
UNDATED (AP) -- Pinch-hitter Josh Harrison lined a tiebreaking, two-run double in the sixth to help the Pittsburgh Pirates earn their fourth straight win, 8-3 over Arizona.
Gerrit Cole hit a three-run double and a double for the Bucs, but the bullpen blew his victory after he left with a 3-1 lead.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - Martin Truex Junior won the pole Thursday night for the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR's longest race of the year.
Truex turned a lap of 192.328 to take the top spot from Joey Logano.
Logano, who had the top qualifying time in the first two rounds and won the All-Star race last week at Charlotte Motor Speedway, will start alongside Truex on the front row. It is the fifth time this year Logano has started on the front row.
Ricky Stenhouse Junior will start third, Denny Hamlin fourth and Brad Keselowski fifth.
Greg Biffle was sixth-fastest in qualifying and Jimmie Johnson seventh. Sprint Cup points leader Kevin Harvick will start eighth, followed by defending race champion Carl Edwards and Trevor Bayne.
Dale Earnhardt Junior will start 25th.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stephen Curry has knocked down another honor.
The dead-eye point guard who led the Golden State Warriors to a record 73 wins in the regular season was named to the All-NBA first team Thursday. The league's MVP was the only player named on all 129 ballots in voting by a panel of writers and broadcasters.
Curry was joined on the first team by Cleveland's LeBron James, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers' DeAndre Jordan.
James is a first-team choice for the 10th time in 13 seasons. Curry is on the first team for the second straight year, while Westbrook, Leonard and Jordan are among the top five for the first time.
James joins Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Bob Cousy, Tim Duncan, Bob Pettit and Jerry West as 10-time first-team selections, one behind the record shared by Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone.