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Sunday’s Dump & Chase: The Aggro Craig

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...And just when Ben Bishop looked nigh unbeatable... Craig “literally James Neal” Smith appeared, and saved the day.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators News & Notes

Nashville Predators 2, Dallas Stars 1 (OT): Smith’s Overtime Tally Ties the Series | On the Forecheck
Ben Bishop couldn’t stonewall us forever.

Preds Official Podcast: Preds Open Series, Fight Back Versus Stars | Nashville Predators
Thomas Willis and Brooks Bratten welcome Chris Mason on the show to analyze the first-round series against the Stars.

Other Hockey News & Notes

Kucherov suspended one game for actions in Lightning game | NHL.com
The (in all likelihood) next Hart Trophy winner has been suspended for game 3 after a nasty hit on Markus Nutivaara.

Hurricanes’ Michael Ferland ejected after hit on Nic Dowd | Sportsnet
Speaking of nasty hits, Micheal Ferland’s afternoon came to an early end on Saturday after he laid a real mean hit on Capitals forward Nic Dowd.

This game also had quite the ending, with the Caps extending their series lead to 2-0 after an OT game-winner from ... [checks notes] ... Brooks Orpik?

Canada loses to Finland in women’s world hockey semis | Sportsnet
Canada won’t play for gold at the women’s world hockey championship for the first time in tournament history.

Heads of CWHLPA, NWHLPA prepare for conversations, challenges with changing women’s hockey landscape | The Hockey News
The shutdown of the CWHL has captured the attention of the hockey world, and the displaced players have had conversations with the players’ association from the rival NWHL about what the future might hold.

The Penguins Appear To Be A Little Upset | Deadspin
ICYMI: Things got a little spicy in New York on Friday night.

Also, I guess Jack Johnson just plays like a dirt bag now.

McDavid should be ready for start of season | TSN
So it turns out that McDavid suffered a small tear in his PCL ligament of his knee. Luckily for him no surgery is required and he’s expected to be ready for the beginning of next season.

Makar wins first Hobey Baker Award for UMass | ESPN
Top Avs prospect Cale Makar of UMass became the program’s first Hobey Baker Award winner.

MEANWHILE IN THE NBA.....

SICK LEAGUE! I wonder what their coach thinks about all this.