Devils take Game 2: Thursday's notes

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Travis Zajac #19 of the New Jersey Devils celebrates a goal by teammate David Clarkson #23 of the New Jersey Devils as Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers reacts in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 16, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

The New Jersey Devils have served notice that they won't just stand aside and give the NHL their dream "New York vs. L.A." Stanley Cup Final matchup, as they took a gritty 3-2 victory last night at Madison Square Garden to even up the Eastern Conference Finals at 1-1. Our morning hockey notes start there, and move on to the latest developments in the Coyotes/Kings series, the growing media frustration with Rangers coach John Tortorella, and the dawn of a new, notable hockey blog...

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Nashville Predators News

PuckCast: Episode 3 – Season in Review with Jeremy K. Gover | PuckScene.com
The guys catch up with the latest Fruit Cup news, among other ex-Preds.

Smashville 24/7 - Likely factors in Suter’s decision-making process
Nothing unexpected here.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

New Jersey Devils Re-Direct the Series in 3-2 Comeback Win Over New York Rangers - In Lou We Trust
This game was like watching tip drills in practice, it was all about seeing long shots deflected on the way in.

Tortorella benches Gaborik for much of third after blunder on tying goal - The Globe and Mail
Torts wouldn't elaborate in the post-game press conference, but you can bet that the message got sent.

Rangers coach John Tortorella's postgame act wearing thin | All Things Avalanche — The Denver Post
Adrian Dater writes what many, many media members who are covering Devils/Rangers are thinking.

Martin Hanzal Suspended: Coyotes Forward To Miss Game 3 After Boarding Dustin Brown - Five For Howling
Yeah, this was well-deserved.

Hot Topic: Evaluating the NHL's Discipline of the Phoenix Coyotes - The Hockey Writers
Summing up the host of decisions surrounding Phoenix over the last couple days.

The Magical, Mythical World of NHL Rules | Overtime
Take in the launch of "Overtime", a new venture within the umbrella of The Hockey Writers which will take more of a long-read approach to hockey blogging. This piece by Jeff Little examines the subjective nature of officiating in the game.

Kopitar shines as big fish from small pool - The Globe and Mail
Anze Kopitar's stock is about to soar.

2012 IIHF World Championship Quarterfinal Predictions - The Hockey Writers
The US moves on to face Finland.

Previewing the AHL Conference Finals | Admirals Roundtable
Your final four is set, so Jason takes a look at the remaining series.

School of Block: Discussing Explosiveness - The Goalie Guild
Look, making saves is fine, but shooting fireballs? That's just not fair.

Hockey Night in Canada’s days may be numbered - The Globe and Mail
OK, this would stink.

Top NHL draft prospect Nail Yakupov reminds legendary coach Scotty Bowman of Pavel Bure | Edmonton Journal
Not bad, not bad at all.

NHL arena news: Seattle moving forward; gaze upon beauty of Oilers’ proposed barn | Puck Daddy
It's still a looooooooooooong way from reality, but having an NHL team in Seattle looks just a little more likely at some point.

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