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The New Jersey Devils decided to hold up the Kings' coronation last night, keeping their Stanley Cup hopes alive with a 3-1 win in L.A. Our morning hockey notes touch on that game, along with more Alexander Radulov talk, and a dire prediction for how the upcoming CBA negotiations will play out from a guy who saw it up-close the last time around...

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Nashville Predators News

The View from 111: Predators Part Ways With Radulov
Mark agrees with the Preds' decision here.

David Poile Talks Radulov, Plans For Next Season -
The GM lays out his thinking on a number of roster issues as head into the summer. It doesn't sound like major change will come up front.

Alexander Radulov's loss brings big risk for Nashville Predators | The Tennessean
Josh Cooper serves up the comedy this morning: "If Poile gets a top-6 forward and a first-round (or early second-round) draft pick in exchange for Radulov’s rights, then it’s worth it." Good luck with that.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

New Jersey Devils Stay Alive in Stanley Cup Finals with 3-1 Win Over Los Angeles Kings - In Lou We Trust
Adam Henrique's goal was a beauty last night, will it prove to be a spark for the Devils?

Here’s hoping general managers can rescue the game - The Globe and Mail
Is puck possession passe? I think this take is a bit overwrought, but these Final games do feature some boring hockey. It seems just about every time the Devils get the puck in deep, the Kings collapse all five skaters below the faceoff dot.

Former 'PA president Linden: CBA could mean loss of months - TSN
That's not exactly what anyone wants to hear.

Nobody Told Derek Boogaard No | Backhand Shelf
Jo looks at the haphazard regulatory landscape that allows many people (not just hockey players) to load up with inappropriate amounts of prescription painkillers.

Jonathan Quick - not good high stick side? - Arctic Ice Hockey
There Gabe goes, besmirching a popular notion by bringing facts to the table.

The Gauntlet® Sports - Hockey talent below the surface
A growing number of teams are leveraging stats analysis on the amateur scouting side.

Jaromir Jagr, Flyers nearing new contract before NHL Draft | Puck Daddy
This was one of the best stories of the season, how well Jagr played upon his return. It's good to see him stick around.

The AHL's Top 25 Scorers Under 25 | The Hockey Writers
Nope, none from Milwaukee.

When a bad thing is actually a good thing - The Globe and Mail
As Michel Therrien sweeps Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladouceur out of Montreal, at least they can get started on their job searches.

Finally, check out CBC's intro to last night's game. Groovy, man...