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Wednesday's Dump & Chase: Stamkos and Lightning Move On

The Lightning put the Habs away in relatively easy fashion last night and the Rangers and Caps showdown in game seven tonight.

Just three buds hangin' out after a goal.
Just three buds hangin' out after a goal.
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Nashville Predators

All Nine Preds World Championship Representatives Move on to Quarterfinals | Nashville Predators
Game times and streaming links available inside.

Nashville Predators working to resign unrestricted free agents | isportsweb
Nashville Predators' GM David Poile is poised to make some moves in the free agent market to ensure that his team is back in the playoffs.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Injury revelations; Brodziak, Stewart on futures; Backstrom to be bought out? | StarTribune.com
Tying up loose ends with the Wild. The team also expects Harding to announce his retirement.

Abrupt ending to season is slow to sink in for Wild | StarTribune.com
Wild players and team officials are having trouble coming to grips with the fact that after months of hard work, their season came to such a sudden end.

Ken Hitchcock Will Stay, According To Speculation From The NY Post | St. Louis Game Time
Don't get ready for any big shake-ups, not that any of us were actually expecting any.

Alex Ovechkin puts himself in spotlight ahead of Game 7 | ESPN
I still don't think this was a Messier-esque guarantee and the media is blowing it out of proportion.

Ducks, Bruce Boudreau stepping up in class vs. Hawks, Joel Quenneville | Chicago
"Against teams with a championship pedigree, Boudreau and the Ducks have come up short in tantalizing, frustrating and agonizing fashion."

Young, talented Lightning team advances to East final and grows up fast | Yahoo Sports
One game away from a possible Stamkos and Ovechkin showdown.

Ducks' Boudreau is a winner | TSN
Just because Boudreau hasn't won a Cup doesn't mean he hasn't had success.

Why Calgary Flames can't buy their own hype | Puck Daddy
The Flames have a lot they can learn from Anaheim.

Family of Steve Montador to sue NHL due to CTE findings | ESPN
The family of deceased former NHL player Steve Montador is planning on filing a lawsuit against the National Hockey League in wake of recent findings that Montador had suffered from CTE.

The question isn’t "Why would Auston Matthews go to Switzerland?" it’s "Why don’t more top NHL Draft prospects do the same?" | Edmonton Journal
For several days, one of the most interesting stories around the NHL has been the report that Auston Matthews, widely considered the top candidate to go No. 1 at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, was planning to sign in Switzerland.

USA beat Slovokia to win Group B | Newsday
The United States defeated Slovakia on Jack Eichel's overtime goal in the final preliminary game of the World Hockey Championships to win Group B.

Canada to face Belarus in quarters | NHL on CBC Sports
​Canada may have rolled through the preliminary round at the world hockey championship in Prague, Czech Republic, but there are plenty of reasons for caution as a quarter-final against Belarus looms.

Martin Brodeur likely to remain with Blues after Devils’ GM change | Puck Daddy
Marty may be a Devil, but Lamoriello is no longer the general manager. And with no relationship with new GM Ray Shero, it sounds like Brodeur, 43, will have the Blues for the next few years.

AHL announces alignment for 2015-16 | The American Hockey League
American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced that the league’s Board of Governors, convening for its Spring Meeting today in Chicago, Ill., has approved the following division alignment for the 2015-16 AHL season.