Penguins ready for Predators, Cup Final; Jaso’s hits stun Mets

Kunitz and Crosby celebrate G7 GW

Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby played for the Penguins when they reached successive Stanley Cup finals in 2008 and ’09

My column centers on why the Penguins try to avoid talking about winning the Stanley Cup back-to-back and how they are poised for a repeat championship.

Brian Dumoulin v Ottawa

Brian Dumoulin has become the Penguins’ de facto No. 1 defenseman since Kris Letang’s season-ending surgery

In Kris Letang’s absence, Brian Dumoulin’s stature has increased among Penguins’ defensemen, writes Jonathan Bombulie.

Cole defends Clark MacArthur

Western Conference scout: Surprised Sully pulled Fleury, impressed by Cole’s play on defense

Bombulie breaks down the Stanley Cup Final in a Q&A with a Western Conference scout.

In the Penguins notebook, Bill West writes that the team is welcoming a change of pace with the Predators.

ON THE DIAMOND

Jaso mobbed after GW hit v Mets

John Jaso was mobbed by his Pirates teammates after his game-winning hit to beat the Mets

Two key hits from John Jaso lead the Pirates to a 10th-inning win over the Mets, writes Rob Biertempfel.

Jameson Taillon v Mets

Jameson Taillon (right) will pitch Sunday at Erie, 19 days after surgery for testicular cancer

In the Pirates notebook, Jameson Taillon will pitch for Altoona in a rehab assignment, writes Biertempfel.