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Stanley Cup Final Game 5 Thread & Afternoon Notes

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After two games, this series looked like a walk in Stanley Park for Vancouver. Now, the Canucks limp back to home ice looking like they've been mauled by a bear, which is pretty much what happened during Games 3 & 4 in Boston. How will the story turn tonight? That's the big question...

The game starts at 7:00 p.m. Central on NBC, so use this post for in-game discussion, and follow after the jump for an extra helping of hockey news & notes...

Father's Day Gift Idea #7: NHL Grilling & Barbecue Accessories | Hockey Gear HQ
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Stanley Cup Final

Ed Olczyk on Thom Abraham Show 20110610 - UPDATED 6:15 P.M.
NHL analyst Ed Olczyk joined the Thom Abraham Show just hours ahead of tonight's game to set up the contest for Nashville fans. Great job by Thom and Crazy Charlie to land Eddie O for us!

Looks Like Ballard Is Out And Tanev Is In - Nucks Misconduct
Change seems to be a constant on the Vancouver blueline.

A tribute to those crazy fans from Beantown - Houses of the Hockey
Beans, beans, the magical fruit...

As Bruins run him, can Ryan Kesler play hero again for Canucks? - Puck Daddy
Bang 'em early, wear 'em down, hope that it pays off later in the series. Sounds like a plan to me.

Down Goes Brown: Why hockey fans should learn to love the Bruins and Canucks
A shot of DGB is always a good thing.

Nashville Predators News

The Evolution of an Agitator (Addendum) | Pull My (Fang)Finger
AJ goes back to December 9, 2008, when Alexandre Burrows put a dirty hit on J.P. Dumont which may well have been the beginning of his decline as an NHL player.

Preds On The Glass: POTG Friday Headlines, News, and Morning Links
Buddy had a boatload of links this morning, too, including a radio segment with Pete Weber, and audio from yesterday's Lane Lambert media session.

Top 15 moments of the 2010-11 Preds season: #2 | Section 303
There's nothing quite like the countdown to a series win.

Nashville’s Summer of Amber and Aspic | The Hockey Writers
Jas ponders the role of tradition and stability within the Preds organization, and how it impacts both the coaches and players.

Paul McCann - My Take on Game 5 and some Random Notes
Paul sets the table for tonight's action.

Around the NHL

Calgary Flames Fans Are Clearly Unstable - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Y'all are a happy, contended bunch...

Carter, Dudley And More (Puck-Rakers Blog)
Jeff Carter's a big name forward, sure, but taking on a big-dollar contract with 11 years left sounds awfully irresponsible for a team that says it's bleeding cash.

Clitsome Signs For Two Years (Puck-Rakers Blog)
Columbus locks in one of their defensemen, Grant Clitsome.

UFA of The Day: Scott Nichol - Fear The Fin
Can the veteran checker find a job this summer?

Phoenix Coyotes' GM Don Maloney says 3 roads exist in goaltender search - AZ Central
As they let Ilya Bryzgalov go, the decision on how to replace him could make or break the Coyotes.

Classic Sports Posters Hit The Market Again - CNBC
OK, this is pretty cool...

VIDEO: Winnipeg Jets, Quebec Nordiques Make Appearance On Daily Show With Jon Stewart -
A little something to tickle your funny bone...

Will Senators hire man attached to this mustache as new coach? - Puck Daddy
It looks like a key Detroit assistant might land a head coaching gig. 

The North American Hockey System - Puck Worlds
I'll bet there are at least one or two leagues in here that you weren't aware of...