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• Ari Gold, Ralphie from "A Christmas Story" and that guy from "Jurassic Park 2" take in Game 5 in Chicago last night.

• Reminder Puck Daddy Radio Hour at 3 p.m. EST on Sirius 98. Stream here.Call in 1-888-942-7326. Great top 5 list today on the Top 5 players whose stock will plummet back down to Earth after the postseason.

Chris Pronger(notes) on his minus-5 performance: "I'm day-to-day with hurt feelings." [NHL.com]

• Peter Laviolette spills no beans on his Game 6 goalie, even though he knows what those beans look like. [AP]

• The NY Post reports that the New Jersey Devils are down to AHL coach and former fan favorite John MacLean and ex-Pittsburgh Penguins Coach Michel Therrien for their coaching vacancy. Lamoriello said there's been no offer given to Therrien, and the Newark Star Ledger speculates that Lou may be waiting to speak to New Jersey native and Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Haviland. Then there's also Kirk Muller, former Devils star and rising assistant coaching star with the Montreal Canadiens. All of this speculation is pointing to one thing: Lamoriello eventually hiring some ex-stick boy with the Canadiens who coached a pee-wee team in Providence at some point. [Star Ledger]

• Game 5 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers drew 5.95 million viewers and a 2.2 rating for adults 18-49. (So, in other words, not completely crushed by the NBA.) Lepore reports that NBC's average for the series is 5.4 million viewers through last night's prelim numbers, up from the 2009 Cup Finals. [Puck The Media]

• Bettman on the NHL's next television deal and whether hockey is a regional sport. What, no ESPN question? [Broadcasting & Cable]

• Sports-Express reports that in SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL has offered Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) a three-year, $42 million contract. But Dmitry says he's not going to Russia, so there you go. [CBC Sports]

• While the rest of the hockey world fawns over the Chicago Blackhawks' play in Game 5, The Puck Stops Here believes it was their 'B-game' at best. [TPSH]

• Is Colorado Avalanche prospect T.J. Hensick(notes) being courted by a Swedish team? And if so, does it mean a cornucopia of meatballs and Lingonberry juice mysteriously arriving on his doorstep each morning? [Hockey or Die]          

• Steven Ovadia with more about he pitfalls of Guy Boucher as Columbus Blue Jackets coach. [PuckUpdate]

• This new NHL Network documentary "A Ref's Life" sounds like the documentary "Comedian," except instead of Jerry Seinfeld you get someone even funnier to follow: Bill McCreary. [NHL.com]

• Would love to know how the Philly media came up with the idea that "Philadelphia was the poised team of veterans. Chicago was the fragile young team." [Philly.com]

• Speaking of the Philly media: "Blackhawks games are a lot like screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Same strange cult phenomenon- only instead of people getting dressed up in crazy outfits to scream random things in a crowded movie theater, people get dressed up in crazy outfits and scream random things in the packed United Center. It's not hockey here. It's Halloween." What does that make an Eagles game? Comic-Con? [Philly.com]

• Bobby Orr has been acknowledged as Boston's greatest sports legend. Take that, Oil Can Boyd! [NESN]

• Finally, the Atlanta Thrashers "Blue Crew" auditions for some lovely local ladies. Worth it just for that shot of the Blue Crew cheerleader shaking her money maker while a Sabres fan leers at it.

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