Tuesday's news: Sharks snooze, Coyotes might move

Neither team which had an opportunity to close out their playoff series last night completed the deal, so the battles will rage on for a few more days while the San Jose Sharks rest up, having already beaten Detroit.

Follow after the jump for a look at last night's playoff action, word from Phoenix that the chances for keeping the Coyotes may be fading, and news that another Nashville Predators prospect has earned a spot in Canadian junior hockey's premiere tournament, the Memorial Cup.

Last Night In The Playoffs

Montreal 4, Pittsburgh 3: I think the general attitude towards this series was that it was neat to see the Habs knock off the Capitals, but it would only be a matter of time before the defending Cup champs took care of business and bounced them out. Now, however, this series is going to a Game 7 in Pittsburgh, and anything can happen. All the pressure has to be on the Penguins now, right? By the way, check out this sweet goal by Maxim Lapierre to win it:


Philadelphia 4, Boston 0: The Flyers have now forced a Game 6 back in Boston, but suffered yet another goaltending injury. But hey, those Philly goalies are tough - just take a look at the picture over at Broad Street Hockey.

Predators News

Moncton on to Memorial Cup - The Globe and Mail
Gabriel Bourque, a 5th-round draft pick by the Preds last summer, had three assists last night to help the Moncton Wildcats win the QMJHL championship, which means that they move on to the Memorial Cup. Last year's 1st-round Predators pick, Ryan Ellis, will represent the OHL for the Windsor Spitfires.

Rinne off to slow start, on the bench for Finland at World Championship - Nashville City Paper
Unlike last year, Pekka Rinne is not playing well at the Worlds for Finland.

Preds On The Glass: POTG Radio Podcast with Chris Hayes and Tuesday Tidbits
You can listen to last night's podcast, and get your dose of morning hockey news at the same time.

Phoenix, Worlds and Playoff Notes - Paul McCann
Paul takes a look at the Coyotes' situation, and previews tomorrow night's SlapShot Radio show.

Around the NHL

What To Watch: Blackhawks Try Again For Series Clincher - The Grinder
Chicago has a chance to clinch their spot in the Western Conference Finals with a victory in Vancouver tonight.

Sharks view rest between rounds as a positive - NHL.com
Since they dispatched the Red Wings in 5 games, San Jose could be looking at roughly a week off before the Western Conference Finals begin. They've really set themselves up well for a run at the Cup.

Ice Edge breaks off Coyotes talks on eve of key Glendale meeting - Puck Daddy
A portent of doom, or just another political maneuver? There's a city council meeting in Glendale this evening, which should push this drama one more step forward.

Coyote Tracks - #Yes2IEH Tuesday May 11 Edition - Five For Howling
Stress levels are high around Phoenix, and this article has links to stories from around North America previewing tonight's pivotal meeting.

Veilleux, Lightning squabble over doctor's bill - Tampa Bay Online
NHL player agent Allan Walsh is getting the word out about how the Lightning are trying to avoid paying for shoulder surgery for winger Stephane Veilleux. This is a PR battle that the team simply cannot win.

Semyon Varlamov:"When You See a Raging Sea of Red, Your Adrenaline Goes Off the Charts" - Japers' Rink
In this translated interview from Sovetsky Sport, the Capitals goaltender compares the NHL to the World Championships.

Opportunity to Sponsor Accomplishments | The Business of Sports
Russell Scibetti revives an old idea, getting corporate sponsors to jump on board with significant sports achievements like a no-hitter in baseball, or a triple-double in baseball. The Predators, for instance, could get with one of the stores on Broadway (Trail West?) to offer discounts on hats when a Pred records a hat trick...

I think we can agree that this is luck... - Behind The Net
I know sometimes it seems like NHL players hit the posts and crossbar several times a game, but it's really not that often.

On Trading Drew Stafford - Hockey or Die
Could the Buffalo winger be a trade market bargain?

How Good is Paul Martin? Part 2: 2009-10 Analysis of His Even Strength Play - In Lou We Trust
An in-depth analysis of the Devils defenseman, using a number of analytical views which highlight various Preds defenders as well.

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