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• This image is from the Twitter feed of Nashville Predators forward Steve Sullivan(notes), showing the flood damage in the team's locker room. Clay Travis has more on the "500-year flood" that's overwhelming the city. Someone jokingly (we think) asked where the team would have played if the Preds had advanced and this happened, suggesting Hamilton (yuck, yuck). After seeing the Flyers HBO documentary, maybe it's like when the roof blew off the Spectrum and the Preds would have played the postseason on the road? Dirk Hoag has much more on that "what if" scenarios. [FanHouse]
• Andrei Markov(notes) has an ACL tear, but the Montreal Canadiens aren't ruling him out for the rest of the playoffs. We can't wrap our simian brains around the idea that the Habs can win this series without Markov. [TSN]
• Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien on Bite-Gate: "To me, it's pretty obvious. The guy [Carcillo] yesterday, when you watch replays, everybody's seen how he embellishes. So it's hard to believe a guy when you see stuff that he does. We really don't pay attention to that. We're focused on staying the course here and doing our job and that's the main thing." [The Bruins Blog]
• No one disrespects the Barrie Colts cheerleaders! [Y! Sports]
• Seriously, we'd consider wearing a jersey with the 2011 NHL Draft logo on the front of it because it's that damn good. [Hockey Wilderness]
• Jonathan Willis on Don Cherry's curmudgeonly response to emails and the current state of Hockey Night In Canada. [Hockey or Die]
• Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier is asked if center Tim Connolly(notes) will be back next year. Response: "Oh, I don't know ... Right now, he's under contract, so I do expect him to be here." [Buffalo News]
• Interesting post on the way the Phoenix Coyotes have nearly converted a non-hockey fan with their postseason run. Hopefully, a lot of these stories are being told around Glendale these days. [Fanster, via Five For Howling]
• The Puck Stops Here with the rookie goalie of the year. [TPSH]
• Pittsburgh hockey puts Montreal's legacy to shame. Seriously? [Eyes on the Prize]
• More NCAA team discipline, this time at Boston University. [CHN]
• Finally, in case you're one of the misinformed: Kyle Wellwood(notes) and Shane O'Brien(notes) of the Vancouver Canucks have not been reprimanded for "allegedly planning a day-long tour of popular deep-dish pizza joints in the greater Chicago area."
Furthermore, this is not an actual Facebook invitation that Hockey Independent has published, with Marty Brodeur and Ken Hitchcock and Keith Tkachuk(notes) all talking about gorging on pizza. We know this because at the end of the post, there's a word that looks like "satire" in the tags:
We feel the need to clear this up because, well, NBC Chicago reported this nonsense as fact.
Seriously, link was live as of this afternoon, and you can find the article via their search engine. An article that quotes Shane O'Brien as saying, "Coach said he AHL my ass if I went over 230 lbs. again."
This is either the greatest bit of internal editorial mischief we've seen or someone really needs to read the fine print. More from BD Gallof.