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San Jose Sharks cheat their way past L.A.: Friday's notes

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April 5, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks celebrate their 6-5 victory against the Los Angeles Kings after the shootout period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
April 5, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks celebrate their 6-5 victory against the Los Angeles Kings after the shootout period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

So there I was, staying up too late after the Preds game clipping stories for this morning's notes, with the Sharks/Kings game on in the background. It was a wild game, 5-5 with less than three minutes remaining in the third period, when something happened which I've never seen before...

Clowe unquestionably impeded Jarret Stoll's progress, disrupting what could have been a scoring chance for L.A. Our around-the-league notes start off with reaction to this game, which the Sharks ended up winning in a shootout.

Nashville Predators News

You can start off with the post-game audio last night, from Barry Trotz, Francis Bouillon, Patric Hornqvist, and Pekka Rinne (click each name for the mp3).

It's a Good Morning: No Preds are in Trouble! - Predlines
Caroline gives props to Ninja-Horny.

Preds On The Glass: Gaustad continues to dominate the face off circle for Predators in 2-0 win over Dallas
So far, the Goose has been as good as advertised.

Paul McCann - Boullion Comes Up Big... Again! With exclusive pics!
If you were at the game last night, see if Paul's photographer caught you in the crowd.

NCAA Frozen Four: Can Ferris State stop the Boston College juggernaut for title? | Puck Daddy
Zach Budish went pointless with a -3 as B.C. knocked Minnesota out.

Bouillon makes contributions at both ends of ice in Predators win - Nashville Predators Examiner
Well, shortly before his goal, Cube left a Star wide open in the slot for a one-timer that misfired wide of the net. It's great to see him get rewarded for jumping up into the play occasionally, however.

Preds fans get 'fang frenzy' as Stanley Cup playoffs near | The Tennessean
Credit the fact that the Preds have known for a while that they're in for helping the team get to work early on selling playoff tickets.

Ads Give Engren Some Offense, Win 2nd Straight Over Charlotte | Admirals Roundtable
The Admirals keep hope alive with a 4-2 victory on the road.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Kings respond to Clowe incident " LA Kings Insider
As you can imagine, the Kings weren't happy at all.

A wild night at Staple as Sharks land playoff spot with 6-5 shootout win, Clowe suffers post-game amnesia | Working the Corners
Ryan Clowe serves up a heaping helping of BS.

What should the NHL do about Ryan Clowe? - The Globe and Mail
Eric Duhatschek ponders the options at the league office over Clowe's chicanery.

VIDEO: Brooks Orpik Knees Derek Stepan, John Tortorella Isn't Happy About It -
Torts opens up with both verbal barrels after Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik stuck his leg out and caught Stepan.

Blues Are Tempting Fate In Team Store - St. Louis Game Time
That's it, the Blues are done.

Finding a Middle Ground with the NHL Standings | Hockey Independent
I confess to having a soft spot for blog posts that contain downloadable spreadsheets.

Seating for Hockey at the Barclays Center Will Actually Be Horseshoe Shaped |
A look at how the new arena in Brooklyn will be configured for hockey, as it hosts an Islanders exhibition game in the fall.

Little to Play For - The Spin
With most of the suspense taken out of the NHL's final weekend, get some yardwork done and say goodbye to family and friends before the playoffs consume you for the next two months.

Steve Staios reaches 1000-game milestone | Edmonton Journal
Here's an achievement which always merits a tip o' the cap.

Driving Play: Darren Dreger Would Be Squandering His Vezina Vote
There are many strong candidates for the Vezina Trophy this season. Marc-Andre Fleury is NOT one of them.

Carter encouraged by recovery progress " LA Kings Insider
The L.A. Kings get some good news, that Jeff Carter should be ready to go when the playoffs start.

Hockey and pro wrestling: The Seven reasons why they’re blood relatives | Puck Daddy
"Look out, Carcillo's got the folding chair!"

The NHL's Most Interesting Name Final Bracket: (1) Reto Von Arx vs. (8) Dit Clapper - Arctic Ice Hockey
Fred Sasakamoose? That sounds like a Saturday morning cartoon character.

Avalanche bows out of playoff race with meek home loss to Columbus | All Things Avalanche — The Denver Post
Dater's not shy about kicking the Avs while they're down.

New Jersey Devils Win 2-1 Over Red Wings; Five in a Row & First in Detroit Since 1996 - In Lou We Trust
The Devils did the Predators a favor last night.

Game 81 Recap: The Ultimate Spoilers - The Cannon
Columbus earned a moral victory, by winning on the road to eliminate Colorado.

Game 81: Oh how bittersweet it is - Matchsticks and Gasoline
The Flames showed some pride in beating Vancouver 3-2.

Flyers Put Sabres to Sleep, Eliminate Buffalo from Playoffs - Broad Street Hockey
Much like the Predators, the Flyers got to practice eliminating an opponent last night.

Grumble - Pension Plan Puppets
A win over Tampa Bay can't lift spirits in Toronto.

Hurricanes Finally Win A Shootout: Canes 2, Canadiens 1 (SO) - Canes Country
Carolina hadn't won a shootout game all season long before last night!

Bruins 3, Senators 1: Depleted Bruins Fend Off Ottawa for Third 100-Point Season in Four Years - Stanley Cup of Chowder
And look who scored the game-winning goal... Greg Zanon!

Recap: Caps 4, Panthers 2 - Japers' Rink
Washington still has a shot at winning the Southeast Division title after beating Florida, which is assured of at least making it back to the playoffs for the first time since 2000.

Islanders 5, Jets 4: Parenteau Injured as Okposo, Grabner Score a Pair - Lighthouse Hockey
P.A. Parenteau took a nasty-looking fall in this one, but apparently the injury isn't as bad as it appeared.