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Friday's Dump & Chase: Hawks Advance, Habs Stay Alive

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The Habs were able to stay alive for at least one more game while the Wild's great run sputtered out. And just in time for the second annual "Thomas Vanek is a playoff witch" festival supreme!

Jersey color can't stop true love.
Jersey color can't stop true love.
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Nashville Predators News

Preds’ Ekholm bloodied after nasty hit at Worlds | ProHockeyTalk
Check out the bloody jersey.

Three Things We Learned in 2014-15 and What They Say About the Future - Nashville Predators

Yes, yes, and yes.

FIN 4-SLO 0 - 2015 WM - International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF

Another shutout for Pekka.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Chicago advances with sweep of Minnesota | Second City Hockey
Chicago heads to its fifth Western Conference Final in seven years. That's good, right?

Suter's Lack of Shots Leaves Fans Seething | Hockey Wilderness
The State of Hockey is seething because they know so much about hockey!

Did Mike Yeo overplay Ryan Suter and Devan Dubnyk? | Puck Daddy
"Suter hasn't been wonderful this playoff, especially in the second round against Chicago. He has one point in three games. Dubnyk’s numbers haven’t been nearly as good with a 2.46 goals against average and .911 save percentage. This compares to 2.07 GAA and .929 save percentage in the regular season."

Vanek's vanishing act a glaring flaw for Wild | StarTribune.com
Vaneking act?

Listen to Minnesota Wild playoff anthem ‘Raise The Cup’ before it’s too late | Puck Daddy
It's too late. But it's timing and content are worth a few laughs.

Patrick Kane's production soars for Blackhawks despite seven-week injury layoff | Yahoo Sports Canada
Patrick Kane is really good at hockey. Did you know that?

This Rollercoaster Is Still Going | Eyes On The Prize
Some quick thoughts and highlights from Game 4 between the Montreal Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning, where the Habs beat the Bolts 6-2.

How the Habs lost focus late, and gave Game 3 to the Lightning | theScore
Great addition to Justin Bourne's Systems Analysis series.

Evgeny Kuznetsov Talks About Harry Potter Nickname, King Henrik, and Alex Semin’s Shot | RMNB
Good interview.

Unbeaten Americans fall to Belarus at Worlds | ProHockeyTalk
Sounds like Buffalo will gett a LOSER in Eichel.

Dallas Stars 2014-15 Season Grades: Tyler Seguin | Defending Big D
It was an incredibly productive year for the Stars young center, but how does the big picture stack up?

Jamie Benn has second surgery of week | Dallas Morning News
Hopefully he can get the hat trick by Sunday.

Off-Season Game Plan: New Jersey Devils | TSN

Turns out there is one.

Why playoff puck possession does matter – even in a short series | The Hockey News
I agree with the overall takeaway from this article. But good god, can we stop with the "calculator crowd" stuff already?A big changing of the guard is underway in New Jersey. Don't expect them to wear Czech national jerseys next season.

Where have all the goals gone? | TSN
Where have all the goals gone? Long time passing.

(Too) Frequently Asked Questions about Sexism and the NHL | Pension Plan Puppets
Thinking about responding to an article about sexism in the NHL? Please read this first.

Seattle arena clears hurdle; NHL team could come first, Chris Hansen says | Sporting News
"Have a seat, Gary."

What can previous playoffs series tell us about what's going to happen in the second round, and beyond? | NHLNumbers.com
Interesting read from May 6th.