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Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: Win One (or more) for the Gimpy

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I’d like to roll over these guys and rest before the second round.

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Dallas Stars v Nashville Predators - Game Two Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Okay first, there was a playoff hockey game last night. I’m sure there is an immediate recap to the right or below this post and will be a more thorough analysis later this morning.

Second, I have had an ugly respiratory infection since returning from Game 1. (I am blaming lunch with friends from Franklin, TN the Saturday before - which included hugs.) Had to sell tickets to Game 2 (to a Preds fan), but am determined to be there for Game 5. All that being said, the links may be a little light this week (yes, there are links) as I’m still frequently napping.

Smashville News:

Game 3 Projected Lineup: Predators at Stars | NHL.com
I really clipped this for the updates on Brian Boyle and Wayne Simmonds. It’s strange that two of our three deadline acquisitions are the first to go down this year.

They Said It: Best Quotes from the Preds Ahead of Game 3 | NHL.com
I really enjoyed Rocco Grimaldi’s recounting of Dan Hamhuis’ comments. That was a perfect example of locker room leadership.

This week I present to you Tucker Irwin. What a good and pretty boy! Cool collar too.

Central Division News:

Dallas Stars: Physicality Becoming Key In Series Against Predators | Blackout Dallas
This was interesting to me because I haven’t considered this series very physical at all compared to others being played. What do you think?

Berube on the Blues: We’re going to get a good game tomorrow | stltoday.com
Whatever it takes to keep their series physical and seven games long.

Other Hockey News:

NHL playoffs: Lightning fall behind Blue Jackets 3-0 in first round | USA Today
I just had to clip this for the title (when you open the link). Seriously though, what’s up with the Tampa Bay Lightning?

Vigneault hired as Flyers coach | NHL.com
“Alain Vigneault was hired as coach of the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday.” But they don’t speak French!

Chris Weidman tells story of aborted plan to try out for New York Islanders | Bloody Elbow
“Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman used to play ice hockey, and he once aimed to try and make an NHL squad several years ago.” A cautionary tale for other professional athletes who think they can just “go do that hockey”.

Robin Lehner’s Cinderella story is one win away from getting another chapter | TheHockeyNews
I am so there for him to get a Happily Ever After.

Super Slow Mo: Best of Reg Season | NHL.com
Hey—there is one more. Here we go! We may be in for a long wait though. Yep waiting...waiting. Poor goalies. We’re not even here as the team being beat. Oh Pierre—watch out! Referee rituals. Still waiting...Oh no, be careful what you wish for. Ouch Kevin Fiala. You got munched. Ah Pekka Rinne—sorry. P.K. Subban dance. That’s it?!?!?! Not a single Nashville Predators highlight except for the Subby dance. That’s it—I’m done with ya.

It’s back! Alex Ovechkin did a hot lap ahead of the Capitals’ first away game. | RMNB
They are starting over with Ovie. How far will they get?