Thursday's Dump & Chase: Hawks Win in OT, Conference Finals Set

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Well, the Blackhawks won. And then they didn't. And then they won again, this time in OT to move on and face the Kings in the Conference Finals. They'll get things started on Saturday, followed by Penguins-Bruins later that night. I think I'm sorta rooting for the Pens the rest of the way. And I'm not sure how I feel about that.

Nashville Predators News

Smashville 24/7 - STPM: #1 vs. #2

I've got #1 here. The series win against Detroit was expected, and therefore not as exciting. For me, anyway.

Nashville Predators face tough choices with free agents | The Tennessean

I'd pass on the first two, for starters.

Annual Report Card: Colin Wilson | The Predatorial

One of the first rational grades on Colin Wilson I've seen so far. I don't think you can get an "A", or be the MVP if you miss half the season. Love his outlook for next year, though.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Chicago 2, Detroit 1 (OT): Red Wings' season done, but there is hope for future | Detroit Free Press

Just glad we won't be a witness to it. Until the 2019 Finals.

Watch Niklas Hjalmarsson’s lost Game 7 winner, which almost lived forever in infamy (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports

Was this the right call? I'm just surprised any call was made at all.

Mike Babcock has some officiating complaints, too | ProHockeyTalk

The officials need to call penalties when they see them. In the regular season, this whole game would've been played 4-on-4.

Rangers fire bully bench boss John Tortorella for all the right reasons - Yahoo! Sports

"Every coach has a shelf life." I couldn't agree more. Four to five years is a fair amount of time to expect results.

Lucic hasn't forgotten Cooke's hit on teammate Savard-TSN

Could we write a "_______ hasn't forgotten Cooke's hit on teammate _______" headline for almost every team?

Marc Staal thinks he can play at a high level, doubts his eye will ever be 100% | Puck Drunk Love

Wonder if a visor would've helped?

Clint Malarchuk and his 20-year road to recovery, in the latest from the 30 for 30 documentary series - Grantland

A great story, but some of the footage is difficult to watch. You've been warned.

Mike Francesa trashes ESPN for not giving him credit for breaking John Tortorella's firing -Awful Announcing

The Worldwide Leader is famous for this sort of thing.

Panthers Unveil New Logo For 20th Season | The Hockey Writers

It looks like the logo for a new brand of malt liquor. Or maybe this.

Scores of Hollywood Actors Prepping for Upcoming Roles as L.A. Kings Fans - SportsPickle News

"We've seen a huge increase in people calling for 'ice Lakers' tickets." - Hahahahaha......yep.

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