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• From SeatGeek.com: "NHL Stanley Cup tickets are being sold at a higher average price in the secondary markets than the NBA Finals, despite the classic Celtics/Lakers match-up," as in "Blackhawks tickets are selling at $759.38 and Lakers tickets are 'only' transacting at $684.42." The average ticket price for the Stanley Cup Finals on the secondary market is $656.19; for the NBA it's $622.10. Again, this is one site making the claims, but interesting stuff.

• That said, Alex Ovechkin(notes) picks the Lakers in five. [NBA]

• Game 3 ratings, via Puck The Media: "Game #3 of the Stanley Cup Final on VERSUS drew a 2.59 national cable rating, which would mark a ratings record for the network, and potentially tie a cable ratings milestone for the NHL." [PTM]

• The NHL general managers determined that there will be "a five-minute major penalty plus a game misconduct for blindside shoulder hits to the head," a rule that still needs competition committee approval. [CBC Sports]

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said there's growing support for his overtime ideas that will help minimize the damage caused by the shootout, but that a vote on them is probably a year or two away. [Snapshots]

Ryan Miller(notes) of the Buffalo Sabres, Sidney Crosby(notes) of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Shane Doan(notes) of the Phoenix Coyotes are up for the Mark Messier Leadership Award, whose announcement took up most of the VERSUS between-periods broadcast that could have been dedicated to, you know, players actually still playing. [Sabres]

• Searches on Google for anything related to the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers are spiking big time. Most popular player? Patrick Kane(notes). Least popular player? No data, so we'll just go ahead and assume it's Oskars Bartulis(notes). [Google Blog, via On The Wings]

• The Puck Stops Here on Game 3: "Joel Quenneville is the man most responsible for Chicago's game three loss and he did it by outsmarting himself." [TPSH]

• So refreshing to see the tin-foil hats still snugly fitting for the Vancouver media, claiming Claude Giroux's(notes) game-winner was kicked in because: "With another $3-plus-million gate going into the hands of one of the most favoured ownerships in the league, there was no way there was going to be a second Philly OT goal disallowed, so the issue didn't even come up." [Province]

• Wondering how  Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga lost his a perfect game last night? That's right: Kerry Fraser strikes again! [Intent To Blow]

• Are the St. Louis Blues the next Chicago Blackhawks: "Hockey Guy still expects to see a top four of Johnson, Roman Polak(notes), Alex Pientrangelo and Ian Cole in the STL at some point. That group has potential to become a Hawks-like group." [St. Louis Dispatch]

• NHL scouts are on Team Taylor. [NHL]

• Meanwhile, Team Tyler gets put over as an incredible creative player that the Edmonton Oilers may be leaning towards drafting. [Cult of Hockey]

• The Joe Corvo(notes) Error is over for the Washington Capitals (Scott Walker's(notes) as well). [Capitals Insider]

Sheldon Brookbank(notes) has signed a two-year contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks. [Ducks]

• To avoid Dany Heatley(notes) Part Deux, the Ottawa Senators plan to meet with Jason Spezza(notes) to see why he's Mr. Grumpy Pants. [Slam Sports]

Icethetics presents anniversary logos for the San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks. Love the Sharks one. [S/T Canucks Hockey]

• NOT HOCKEY: Dan Levy interviews Don from Hugging Harold Reynolds about Blogs With Balls 3.0 and the state of the industry. Interesting debates about The Big Lead and our friends at The Bleacher Report. [On The DL]

• Adam Proteau on Gary Bettman: "He isn't the angry accusatory monkey that lords over the nightmares of paranoid hockey fans. But he'll also never be Simba-esque in serving the pride over the prideful." So is he the warthog or the meerkat? [THN]

• Meanwhile, Phoenix Coyotes season tickets go on sale Monday, June 7. Slogan for 2010-11: The Pack Is Back. Alternate slogan: The Bags Are Packed. [Coyotes]

John Tavares(notes) of the New York Islanders has a broken foot, suffered during the hockey NIT. [TSN]

• Yale University coach Keith Allain will be the next man behind the bench to celebrate a U.S. world junior championship. [NHL]

• Stevie Y with a message to Tampa Bay Lightning fans: "I do not want to make any short term promises that we can not deliver, but I will pledge to you a methodical, strategic approach to developing a winner that you can be proud of for a long time." So not Oren Koules and Len Barrie then? [Lightning]

• A sociological and biological exploration of the Flyers fan. [Pegasus News]

• Finally, this:

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