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The Penguins Have The Edge Over The Sharks In The Stanley Cup Finals

Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (May 31, 2016), we discuss the Golden State Warriors’ return from the brink of elimination in the Western Conference Finals and ask whether they only won because the Thunder blew it. Then, we follow up on our interview with Michael Wilbon last week and chat with Chris Herring from The Wall Street Journal about whether African-Americans are really averse to analytics. Finally, it’s Stanley Cup Finals time, which means Neil Greenberg from The Washington Post returns to tell us what the Pittsburgh Penguins’ victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 means for the rest of the series. Plus, a significant digit on Christian Pulisic, the teenage American soccer star who holds the hopes of a nation in his hands.

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Chadwick Matlin was a deputy managing editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Neil Paine was the acting sports editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Kate Fagan is a writer for espnW and a regular panelist on the FiveThirtyEight sports podcast Hot Takedown.

Joe Sykes produces our weekly sports podcast Hot Takedown.