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Sunday's Dump & Chase: The Power of the Playoffs

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Sure, hockey is just a game, one we nearly missed this season due to the reckless avarice of players & owners, but at its best, it unites a city as few other things in life can. Our around-the-league notes begin with a wonderful bit of recognition for a hero who exemplifies the very definition of "Boston Strong"...

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Nashville Predators News

Predators sure to get 'very good player' in NHL Draft | The Tennessean

Yep. A good year to have a high pick.

USA erases two-goal deficit to beat Austria at men's worlds - TSN
As the World Championships got underway in Helsinki, Team USA (featuring Bobby Butler & Craig Smith) beat Austria 5-3, while Alexander Radulov scored for Russia in their 6-0 stomping of Latvia.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Jeff Bauman, Boston Marathon hero, makes emotional Game 2 appearance as Bruins’ banner captain (Video) | Puck Daddy
This is simply tremendous.

Did You See That? James van Riemsdyk's eye-popping goal |CBC Sports

Yeah, this was pretty sick.

Justin Abdelkader ejected after hit on Ducks’ Lydman: how many games? (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports

The actual hit was worse than the Gryba hit the other night, but the result was far less...messy. We'll see what the league does in terms of a suspension.

CSSI Analysis: Western Conference Quarterfinals Game 3: Red Wings 0 - Ducks 4 - Winging It In Motown

Making that heart thing with my hands just for you, guys.

Capitals vs. Rangers Recap: Game Over Green Gives Washington a 2-0 Series Lead - Japers' Rink
The Caps held serve on home ice, and head to New York with a chance to really take control of this series.

Four Players That Need To Step Up In The Playoffs | The Hockey Writers

There's gonna be a lot of focus on net for the Penguins and Canucks today.

Did Blackhawks owner get reporter fired after ‘tremendous amount of sex’ flub? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports

If this is really why she was fired, it's the dumbest thing ever.

McKenna: Enjoying a hair-raising Stanley Cup experience-TSN

If there was a place like this nearby, I'd probably stop cutting my own hair.

What An Insanely Close Call With A Skate Blade Looks Like-Buzzfeed

Wow. That could've been really nasty.

Lastly, take in a dose of league-wide hockey talk from last night's HNIC Hotstove:

*note: most of the links were put together by Jason this morning.