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Varlamov goes from hero to goat; Stanley Cup diaper rule; Jovo snubbed for Masterton? (Puck Headlines)

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Sports heartbreak is the worst kind of heartbreak. 

• A Colorado Avalanche fan reacts to Nino Niederreiter's series-winning goal.

• Mike Bolt, the keeper of the Cup, on Kris Draper's kid pooping in it. "Parents sometimes like to get the little naked pictures of their baby in the cup. The Drapers had the baby, Kamryn, during the playoffs, and they wanted to take some photos. So Drapes puts his kid in there, and they’re taking pictures, and he goes, 'Mike!' 'Yeah?' 'Kamryn had an accident.' 'One or two?' 'Two.' 'You’re cleaning it.' We have a rule now that you’ve got to have a diaper when you sit in it." Presumably, that goes for adults too. [Esquire]

• Ed Jovanovski, Masterton snub? [Sun Sentinel]

• Semyon Varlamov is the goat in the Avalanche loss. Amazing what the playoffs can do. This guy is practically the only reason the Avalanche had the season they did. Now he's being blamed for the year being over. [Denver Post]

• Max Pacioretty thinks the Canadiens need to play with discipline versus the Bruins. Yeah, I doubt either team does that. [National Post]

• Sandy Banks of the LA Times on some of the responses to her dig at hockey in her Donald Sterling column. [Color of Hockey]

• Teemu Selanne on KHL speculation: "I don't think so but you never know in this business. I've always said I wanted to retire in the NHL." [Eye On Hockey]

• Who to cheer for in the second round. [Grantland]

• The playoffs is where you make a name for yourself. Or a new name. Castoffs Nino Neiderreiter and Ilya Bryzgalov were the difference for the Wild, and now that's part of their legacy. [Star Tribune]

• Patrick Marleau on that old notion that the Sharks just don't have what it takes to win a championship. "I don't usually agree with it. But you do something like this ... and it's not easy to take." Amazing to hear someone effectively say, yes, we're chokers. How devastated were the Sharks? [Mercury News]

• For the first time in seemingly forever, the Flyers leave the postseason feeling pretty good about their goaltending. [Philly]

• Meet Sammy Taft, the man behind the hat trick. [The Hockey News]

• Hockey's links to the Canadian economy are pretty incredible. [Maclean's]

• Trevor Linden sends a letter to season ticketholders announcing the firing of John Tortorella and implying that he wants a more uptempo style. [The Province]

• Seattle folk band The Head and the Heart talk hockey. [Rolling Stone]

• Tom Poti announces his retirement after 14 NHL season. [NHLPA]

• Ryan Malone pleads not guilty to cocaine and DUI charges. [Tampa Bay]

• Steve McLean was a superfan of the Brampton Battalion to the bitter end when the team moved to North Bay. He took his talents as a supporter to the Guelph Storm, buying season tickets. And now his old team meets his new team for the championship! What's a guy to do? [Buzzing the Net]

• Carey Price vs. Tuukka Rask. Who ya got? [Bruins Daily]

• Read over the complete history of playoff series between Boston and Montreal. [Greatest Hockey Legends]

• Or you can just watch the movie.

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