Malkin predicts win; Teemu Selanne is old; Toews or Crosby? (Puck Headlines)

Harrison Mooney

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.

• Get it together, Tomas Tatar.

• Evgeni Malkin goes full Messier: “We know we can win [tonight]. And we’ll do it.” [Post-Gazette]

• This is Henrik Lundqvist's time to shine. And all he has to do is outplay Marc-Andre Fleury. That's doable. [NY Post

• Teemu Selanne talks rookie goalie John Gibson. "When he was first here, we were having lunch or something, and he said, 'I think my mom is the same age as you.'" Selanne says he wanted to punch him. [ESPN]

• This really has become the question of the moment: who's better? Jonathan Toews or Sidney Crosby? It's a stupid question, since the answer is obviously Crosby, but Toews is playing better right now so let's ask it now. [Toronto Star]

• Ryan Suter thinks the Wild put their backs against the wall on purpose: “I think we like the challenge. We always seem to make things harder than it needs to be. I don’t know if that’s a good thing to do, but it seems throughout the year that’s kind of been the way we’ve gone about it making things harder. We’d be up three of four goals, then let the other team back in it. That’s how it’s been, that’s how it is now and [Tuesday] is do or die.” [Star Tribune]

• Rosie DiManno thinks the Maple Leafs need to trade Dion Phaneuf, and that he's not worthy of the "C". And that he's just a bad person. He kicks puppies! He kicks them! [Toronto Star

• France has beaten Russia, Slovakia, and Canada at the Worlds. All hail France, the new hockey superpower! [IIHF]

• Val-d’Or fans have raised $875 to help pay coach Mario Durocher’s fine after he criticized the officiating in the QMJHL final. [Buzzing the Net

• Meet John Scaglione, a diehard Flyers fan with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. [The Hockey Writers]

• Are you drinking your team's beer? It is important that you are. [Kett's Corner]

• Kirk Muller, formerly the head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, has joined the St. Louis Blues as an assistant to Ken Hitchcock. [STL Today]

• Tyler Dellow on the disconnect between Jake Gardiner and Randy Carlyle. [MC79 Hockey]

• Fired Leafs' assistant coach Scott Gordon on the team over the last two years: “We never were happy with the way we were playing. Whether we won or lost, we felt there was a concern there… As coaches, we tried to address it and get the players to understand what we saw, but at the end of the day, they’ve got to go out and play.” [The Globe & Mail]

• "A lot has been made of [Gustav] Nyquist’s 'unsustainable shooting percentage,' but this is the wrong argument, the argument’s roots are really that we can’t expect Nyquist to generate these kinds of scoring chances at a consistent rate." [Nightmare on Helm Street]

• No Andrew Shaw for Game 6. It's like the Blackhawks' forward fell into the Springfield mystery spot. [CSN Chicago]

• The Senators are trying to trade Jason Spezza. This could end badly. [Welcome to Your Karlsson Years]

• Dmitry Orlov broke his arm at the Worlds and is headed back to Washington. [RMNB]

• Seven reasons the Canadiens were able to force a seventh game, from home ice to puck luck. [Grantland]

• A year ago today, it was 4-1.