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Sunday's Dump & Chase: Summer Break

It's that time of year again, when instagram photos of players on beaches begin filtering onto our social media streams. A couple of our players are making pit stops to play for their countries before beginning their vacation, but most of them are going to sleep on a mattress of ice packs for a month. It came too soon, but we could all benefit from standing outside for a few minutes.

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Nashville News & Notes

NHL Playoffs: Despite loss, Predators are on the right path | Sports Illustrated
Nothing groundbreaking here, although it does use the phrase "addition by subtraction" to describe dispatching Mike Ribeiro.

Updates: Preds Locker Clean-Out Day - Nashville Predators
There's a lot of video here to go along with an unexpected amount of product placement.

Ekholm, Ellis Headed to World Championship - Nashville Predators
Finally, a reason to watch Canada sleepwalk its way to gold! And maybe Ekholm can provide a struggling Swedish team with a boost.

Predators disappointed, not discouraged | The Tennessean
This team should be better next season, and that's really exciting.

Around Hockey

NHL playoff scores 2016: Injuries and rough hits mar opening of Eastern Conference Final - SBNation.com
It's really crappy circumstances, but what idiot decided to schedule games at Consol Energy Center on Friday the 13th?

St. Louis tries to shake those home blues against Sharks - Sportsnet.ca
They're going to need it, assuming San Jose can keep up their own home strength for another round.

Statistically Speaking: Vasilevskiy steps up - Article - TSN
I like to attribute Vasilevksiy's success to once having sat next to me on the bleachers at Ford Ice Center.

NHL got it wrong by not suspending Ryan Callahan for Kris Letang hit - CBSSports.com
He should have gotten a game. I hope the players don't take it on themselves to try to police this series.

Stars shouldn’t struggle to sign Jamie Benn to an extension – ProHockeyTalk
The Stars should be able to afford Benn when his contract comes up next summer. Whether or not they can afford anyone else...

Evgeny Kuznetsov Scores Magical, Mid-Air Goal in Team Russia’s 5-1 Rout of Switzerland | RMNB
Despite grumblings from Caps fans about where was this Kuznetsov during the playoffs, you can't score these kinds of goals in the NHL. That's why we have the World Championships.

Trouble with the neighbors: How Bradenton found itself on the wrong side of a hockey fight - Raw Charge
Lots of good stuff in here that should be CC'd to some local establishments on Broadway.

The N.H.L. Playoffs Are a Time of Parity and Comebacks - The New York Times
Someone please let the nice hockey columnists at The Times that Milbury should never be quoted, even when correct.

Is Slovak Hockey Embarrassing? - The Slovak Spectator
Slovak hockey is in a rough patch.

Staying with the Kings is not a tough decision for Darryl Sutter - LA Times
Chris Sutter on the dance cam is a more compelling story than another two years than Darryl Sutter's post-game quotes, that's for sure.