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East Final begins Saturday; more Penguins fallout; Bettman, Daly go to Seattle (Puck Headlines)

Sean Leahy
Puck Daddy

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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• Chicago's still celebrating their series win over the Wild. [@CommandSign]

• The Eastern Conference Final will begin Saturday afternoon, according to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. [CBS NY]

• Desperation, experience and home ice are three good things have on your side if you're the Boston Bruins tonight. [Bruins Daily]

• Claude Julien still isn't saying "no" when asked if Dennis Seidenberg might come back. "I don't think so" was today's answer. [WEEI]

• Teams that score the first goal are 23-1 in Round 2. Why is that stat so absurd? [Habs Eyes on the Prize]

• Recapping the Pittsburgh Penguins' fall and looking ahead to the changes that needs to happen. [ThePensBlog]

• Why the roster handed to Dan Bylsma doomed him from the start. [Deadspin]

• Henrik Lundqvist is a boss and he's turned into quite the big game goaltender. [The Score]

• Thanks to the New York Rangers advancing to the Conference Final, that conditional second rounder the Tampa Bay Lightning received for Martin St. Louis is now a first. [Tampa Tribune]

• Why Marian Gaborik is the "Comeback King" this postseason. [OC Register]

• Sources have confirmed that Bettman and NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly met with elected officials in Seattle last week. [King5]

• Leo Komarov has opted out of his KHL deal and wants to return to the NHL. [@jhiitela}

•Condolences to Stan Fischler and his family after his wife, Shirley, passed away on Tuesday. [Daily Freeman]

• A summer hernia injury didn't stop Stephen Weiss from trying to play through it and not tell anyone. [Windsor Star]

• For your fantasy hockey team, who would you take: Thomas Vanek or Chris Kunitz? [Dobber Hockey]

-Detroit Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha scored an overtime goal to help Val-d'Or win their third QMJHL title. [Buzzing the Net]

• Finally, via Reddit, here's the reaction from the Flying Puck in New York City last night:

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