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• Still to come on Puck Daddy today: Los Angeles Kings and Buffalo Sabres eulogies. And remember: We've running a live chat during tonight's Game 7 between the Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes.

• Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post reports that the Washington Capitals shut down their official message board in the wake of their Game 6 loss at the Montreal Canadiens. Er ... uh ... "leash" the fury? [DC Sports Bog]

• JP writes the "here we go again" Game 7 post for the Capitals. Bruce Boudreau is a nice guy and a great regular season coach. At some point, however, it becomes inexcusable to play four Game 7s in four playoff series. Is this the year? [Japers' Rink]

• Witness the awesome power of this fully armed and operational Marc Savard, second round ... [Bruins Blog]

• Shane Doan? Game-time decision. [Phoenix New Times]

• Travis takes a look at Game 7 between the Detroit Red Wings and the Phoenix Coyotes tonight. [Five For Howling]

• Is it time for the Buffalo Sabres to part ways with Lindy Ruff after their first-round exit? [Die By The Blade]

• Who is the NHL's top shutdown defenseman? (Hint: No one up for the Norris.) [OC Register]

• David Shoalts reports that the "Dallas Stars, Atlanta Thrashers, Phoenix Coyotes, Florida Panthers, New York Islanders and (maybe) the Tampa Bay Lightning" all needed advances on their revenue sharing money to pay the bills, and that the Islanders could be in the most trouble of the group. [Globe & Mail]

• The worst cliché in hockey is ... [MacLean's]

• We full endorse Pension Plan Puppets' quest to have an area in Toronto officially named "Wendel Park." Head to their site to see how you can help create the only park-space in Ontario that would make Slava Fetisov piss himself on sight. [PPP]

• How are you celebrating Canucks Day in Vancouver? Planning a parade, perhaps? [Province]

• Getty ready for the "Slap Shot"-esque old time hockey between the Canucks and the Blackhawks. [Chicago Tribune]

• Second City Hockey breaks down the Chicago Blackhawks' Game 6 win at the Nashville Predators, including this: "Dan Hamhuis has got this. If by "this" you mean "getting beat on the Sharp goal to the post as pictured above", or "softly turning the puck over on a weak clearing attempt on a penalty kill in the final minute of a period". And that was just this game. Sorry OTF guys, but aside from his textbook hip check on Buff, this very well could have been the series from hell for Hamhuis. Hell, he can't even get injured enough to get the opposition's big-money forward suspended." [SCH]

• John Glennon asks some very good questions after the Preds are eliminated, including who takes the blame for the team's putrid power play. [Tennessean]

• Postmortem on the Ottawa Senators and their cap situation. [Ottawa Citizen]

• Notable absences include at optional Capitals practice: Alex Ovechkin, Mike Knuble, Alexander Semin and Eric Belanger. [Capitals Insider and Tom Poti could be missing for some time]

• Inspired by the Montreal Canadiens' effort, Eric Duhatschek recalls another huge hockey upset. [Globe & Mail]

• CBC wants to know where Jaroslav Halak's goaltending performance ranks among those of Ken Dryden and Patrick Roy. Because what would Canadiens coverage be without nostalgia and hyperbole? [CBC Sports]

• Puck Buddy Roger V. on TwinkieGate.

• Alex Burrows is ready to look like the offensive force he was in the regular season in the second round for the Vancouver Canucks. [Vancouver Sun]

• Albany looks like it's getting the Devils' AHL affiliate again. [Glens Falls Star Post]

• Some post-elimination review of the Ilya Kovalchuk trade from an Atlanta Thrashers' perspective. [Bird Watchers Anonymous]

• Anticipating the next opponent for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Round 2. [Pensburgh]

• Lowetide looks at Ethan Moreau's future with the Edmonton Oilers. How important is he? "Important enough to be treated with respect right up to and including the period when the firing squad does its business." [Lowetide]

• Making the case for John MacLean for the next New Jersey Devils coach. [Larry Brooks]

• Or, making the case for Ken Hitchcock for the next New Jersey Devils coach. [Star Ledger]

• Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown, Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller are the three finalists for the 12th annual NHL Foundation Player Award. [NHL]

• The IHL suspends three players in the Fort Wayne and Port Huron for slashing and retaliation. [IHL]

• Peter Laviolette has coached a hell of a postseason for the Philadelphia Flyers so far. [Philly.com]

• Something to keep an eye on: The fake "Brian Boucher" Twitter. "Broad Street Boucher ain't nothing to f*%# with." [BOUCHERMIND, via Broad Street Hockey]

• For VERSUS? Best. April. Ever. [Puck The Media]

• Details on a fundraiser for Matt Brown, the 16-year-old Norwood High School player who was paralyzed in a prep hockey game. [Stonehill Skyhawks]

Finally, via Kukla, here's another bit of classic Jack Edwards at the end of the Sabres/Bruins Game 6 ... a bit that's been called out for being inaccurate and (if you can believe this) insensitive to the lives lost in the Edmund Fitzgerald. Goin' down like Hobey Baker, these standards are ...

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