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No Duchene for Game 5; no word on Tortorella; Oilers better than Cubs (Puck Headlines)

Harrison Mooney
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Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

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• In the words of a great man who was killed by a velociraptor, clever girl.

• The Edmonton Oilers are only the second worst team in all of pro sports. Suck on that, my beloved Chicago Cubs! I don't talk about my Cubs fandom very much. This article also serves to demonstrate why. [Edmonton Journal]

• Game 5 isn't a must-win for the Blues, because, you know, they won't be eliminated, but it's still sort of a must-win. [STL Today]

• The Avalanche were hoping they might have Matt Duchene back for Game 5. But he's still not available. [Denver Post]

• Why hasn't John Tortorella been fired yet? [Pass it to Bulis]

• Lest you think the Bruins' game is toughness and not puck possession, Claude Julien explains what went right in Game 4: “We didn’t have much in the first period. I just told our guys to get back to our game. Puck management is a big part of our game. We’ve got some big guys that can hang onto the puck a little bit more than we did in the first period. We weren’t managing the puck very well and the play kept going back and forth, and that certainly goes in their favor. We like to play a more territorial game, get in the offensive zone and manage the puck to spend a little bit more time down there. Once we settled that down, we got our game on track. It wasn’t about the emotions or anything else other than getting back our game.” [CSNNE]

• One gay man's experience at the NCAA Frozen Four. [Puck Buddys]

• Meanwhile, in the QMJHL playoffs, things are getting dirty. And Drakkar, who have the creepiest logo in hockey, is involved! [Buzzing the Net]

• And speaking of the QMJHL playoffs, Jonathan Drouin is absolutely tearing it up. [The Chronicle Herald]

• Nicolaj Ehlers may be the overlooked star of the draft's first round. [Cats 2 The Cup]

• Former ref Paul Stewart on the transition from a player to a referee. [HockeyBuzz]

• It's probably going to take the Sabres a little while still to finish up that rebuild. [TSN]

• Prospect Tim Schaller will help it along, though. He's turning into a gem with the Amerks. [Buffalo Hockey Beat]

• The Hockey Hall of Fame is hoping to beef up its collection of Winnipeg Jets memorabilia. [Greatest Hockey Legends]

• The NYT on Mike Keenan's bid to become the first North American coach to win a the KHL's Gagarin Cup. [New York Times

• Bryan Bickell helps a malnourished pit bull find a home. [DNA Info]

• Important reminder: if you use the word classy in any argument about playoff hockey, you're an idiot. [Grantland]

• Remembering a 40-year old hockey fight. [Philly]

• After spotting a Victoria's Secret model at the Staples Center, Kelly Hrudey decides to stick to commenting on the hockey. Wise.

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