Saturday's notes: Boston battles through to face Vancouver

Once again... they'll wear the Conference Champion hats, they'll celebrate like crazy, but they won't touch the Prince of Wales Trophy? Dumb.

It's a light morning in terms of Nashville Predators news, but the hockey world is still buzzing over last night's thrilling Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, which saw Boston triumph over Tampa Bay.

After the jump, we've got reaction from both sides, word that Preds super-prospect Ryan Ellis is up for more honors, and video of a nasty injury suffered during last night's game...

How to save money on hockey equipment during Memorial Day Weekend 2011 | Hockey Gear HQ
Need some new gear? How about some for a Father's Day gift? Take a look here before shopping...

Nashville Predators News

Preds On The Glass: Predators Prospect Ryan Ellis Up for CHL Awards (Complete List of Nominations)
Ryan Ellis has wrapped up what has been pretty much one of the greatest junior hockey careers of all time.

Around the NHL

Bruins edge Lightning 1-0 to punch ticket to Stanley Cup Finals - Stanley Cup of Chowder
It's a wicked-smaht pahty in Boston, as the Bruins return to the Cup Final for the first time since 1990 (when they got smoked 4 games to 1 by the Gretzky-less Oilers). This was simply an incredible game, but I was really impressed with how Boston defended the late lead. Tampa couldn't even get possession in the offensive zone, the Bruins just shut things down at center ice.

Congratulations to the Boston Bruins, 2011 Eastern Conference Champions - Raw Charge
I'm sure this couldn't have been easy to write from the Tampa perspective.

Kaberle deal got more costly - The Boston Globe
By making the Stanley Cup Final, the Bruins will also send next year's 2nd-round draft pick to Toronto as part of the Tomas Kaberle trade. I'm guessing their OK with that...

Preds On The Glass: The Real Tim Thomas at the 2009 Vezina Awards
Buddy shares a moment he had with the Boston goalie a couple years ago.

However Many Thoughts : Tom Benjamin's NHL Blog
The veteran Vancouver blogger looks ahead to next week's opening of the Stanley Cup Final.

Is Manny Malhotra Ready? - Nucks Misconduct
A potentially nice development for Vancouver, as shutdown center Manny Malhotra has been cleared to practice after what was initially suspected to be a season-ending (and career threatening) eye injury.

Still interest in keeping Thrashers in Atlanta - blogs.ajc.com
So, another group expressed interest in the Thrashers "as recently as earlier this week"? I can't imagine what would happen if someone actually saved the day in Atlanta. There would be riots in Winnipeg, for sure.

Are hockey players the toughest sports athletes? | Hockey Independent
I don't know, how do those fisherman stay awake for so long?

Hockey Canada calls for rule change on head hits - The Globe and Mail
The NHL has been extremely loath to move in this direction, but junior hockey could be another matter.

FRASER: THE ANNIVERSARY OF YOU-KNOW-WHAT FOR LEAF FANS - TSN
It was 18 years ago today... Kerry Fraser really missed the play...

Lastly, check out the video from a nasty injury to Steven Stamkos last night - a point shot is deflected off Martin St. Louis' stick, and blasts him right in the face. After a bit of medical attention, he came right back into the game with a full cage for added protection (video found at Kukla's Korner):


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