Puck Headlines: Umberger goes from Penguins fan to hated rival

Here are your Evening 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.

• Great story today about R.J. Umberger of the Philadelphia Flyers and how he grew up worshipping the Pittsburgh Penguins, sitting "heartbroken in the stands when Keith Primeau and the Flyers used five OTs to beat Pittsburgh in the 2000 playoffs." And now it's his job to break their hearts again. [AP]

• From our WTF file: A 41-year-old Russian hockey fan, who was drinking heavily and harassing Hall of Fame goalie Vladislav Tretyak on a Toronto-bound Aeroflot flight, died an hour before the plane landed. Yikes. [St. Petersburg Times]

• Brad McCrimmon was thought by many to be the next head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers. But if the team's late-season flop doomed his candidacy, then Kitchener Rangers coach and general manager Peter DeBoer could be the man to fill the rather easy-to-fill shoes of Don Waddell behind the bench. [The Record]

• Mike Chen has let go of the hate and accepted Gary Bettman as (gasp!) a likable human being, thanks in part to his XM Radio show. [Chen]

• While Johan Franzen has gotten most of the ink, his linemates Valtteri Filppula and Mikael Samuelsson are both playing good hockey for the Detroit Red Wings. It's just that neither of them have a kick-ass nickname like "The Mule." (Kick ass ... mule ... never mind.) [Detroit News]

• Approximately 95,000 hockey fans, insomniacs and meth addicts watched the end of Game 6 of the Dallas Stars/San Jose Sharks series in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Take that, infomercials! [New Dawg Blog]

• Finally, Covered in Oil found this low-quality/high-return video of Big Georges Laraque in an intermission television interview that finally answers this eternal question: What's the proper etiquette if you're interviewing BGL on live television and he decides to kiss you?

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