Duchene game-time decision; elimination fallout; Stalock over Niemi? (Puck Headlines)

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• Mars Blackmon and Truman Burbank took in Rangers-Flyers on Sunday afternoon. [Getty]

New York Rangers owner James Dolan loves him some Candy Crush. [Barstool]

• We won't know if Matt Duchene is back in the Colorado Avalanche lineup tonight for Game 6 until just before puck drop. [@adater]

• Three years in a row the St. Louis Blues have disappointed in the playoffs. Why it's time for some changes. [St. Louis Gametime]

• As the San Jose Sharks try to close out the LA Kings for the third time, is it time to make the switch from Antti Niemi to Alex Stalock? [Mercury News]

• Mike Colligan on what's up with Sidney Crosby. [The Hockey Writers]

• After missing Game 5, it's likely that Brooks Orpik will also miss Game 6 tonight for the Penguins. [Tribune-Review]

• A good read on Patrice Bergeron's days as a kid in Quebec. [Boston Globe]

• Very interesting tidbit from Elliotte Friedman's "30 Thoughts" this week on Thomas Vanek: "I've never seen anyone make the decisions [Vanek] makes," Pacioretty added. "He's basically thinking, 'What do guys think I'm going to do with the puck right now?' and he does the opposite of it." Pacioretty said Vanek is making him re-think how he plays the game. "One thing that really sticks out is he said to never have your stick on the ice in front of the net, because the d-man can tie it up. He's always hanging around with his stick in the air, and instead of putting it on the ice and waiting for a tip, he kind of slaps at it when the puck comes...You get more speed on it." [CBC]

• There could be some dead tissue in Pavel Datsyuk's knee, so the Detroit Red Wings are currently trying to determine whether or not he needs surgery or just rest over the summer. [MLive]

• "The longest-serving hockey billet in OHL history, who has personal relationships with former NHL hockey stars the world over, is being prosecuted for alleged sex crimes against two boys." [Ottawa Citizen]

• The Florida Panthers will be deciding on the future of interim head coach Peter Horacek's future in early May. [Sun-Sentinel]

• How Roberto Luongo plays into increasing the Panthers' brand. [Panther Parkway]

• How does firing Adam Oates and George McPhee help your fantasy hockey team? [Dobber Hockey]

• Why the Edmonton Oilers acquiring Griffin Reinhart for their top pick is not a good idea. [Oilers Nation]

• Congrats to USA Hockey for taking the gold medal at the U18 world championships. It's the eighth gold at the U18s for Team USA. [USA Hockey]

• Here's what every NHL team logo would look like as a medieval shield. [Tumblr via Next Impulse Sports]

• Why the New York Islanders sale talks doesn't pass the litmus test. [Hockey Independent]

• Finally, here's the Colorado Avalanche radio call of P-Mothertruckin'-A Parenteau's game-tying goal Saturday night:

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