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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.

• The Blackhawks must be playing for the Cup because The Curse of Hossa blog is up and running! [CoH]

Marian Hossa(notes), on making the Stanley Cup Finals: "This time I want to finish in a much more positive way than the last two years. That's my goal." Oh, as if this guy is going to have a goal in the finals. [Toronto Sun]

• Big talk from Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman: "Go to a baseball game, and there are as many Blackhawks jerseys as Cubs or White Sox." [SI]

San Jose Sharks blogger Mike Chen believes an end of an era for the Sharks is a good thing: "The bottom line, though, is that this team will have to take a step backward in order to move forward. This window of opportunity is closed, and it's filled with disappointing results." [From The Rink]

• Ratings remain strong for the NHL on NBC, despite the entirety of Canada and the majority of the U.S. (at least as far as Saturday is concerned) killing the Peacock for afternoon start times. [Puck The Media]

• Rene Fasel claims the NHL must make a decision about the 2016 2014 Olympics by 2012. That sound you heard was Gary Bettman spitting out his Folgers at the notion the NHL would decide what to do about Sochi before the next CBA negotiation. [Snapshots]

• The Carolina Hurricanes have hired Allen & Co. to sell 50 percent of the club, but Peter Karmanos claims it's simply to replace a partner who passed away and not to sell the club. [Triangle Business Journal and Hurricanes]

• No New York Islanders trip to China, as the NHLPA's scrutiny of the trip made for an angry Charles Wang. [ESPN]

• The Philadelphia Flyers and the Montreal Canadiens are defensively oriented teams, and Jack Todd is rather bored with them as this point. [Gazette]

• Johnny Galecki of "The Big Bang Theory": "Comedy is similar to hockey... in only one way. [Laughs.] You get a lot of credit for assists. So I try to serve whatever the intention is, be it the joke or the story or the scene or the moment or the kiss, even if it's not my joke or moment." So if he's the Oates, does that make Sheldon the Hull? [AV Club]

Tom Pyatt(notes) will likely miss Game 5 for the Canadiens. [CP]

• Blades of Funny takes a look at the prime suspects in "SandGate." [BoF]

• Hockey is taking over the Lehigh Valley: "Definitely this year the hockey fan base has come alive ... Thank God for the Flyers right now." [American Chronicle]

• Great look at the Phoenix Coyotes situation and NHL revenue from Larry Brooks: "If the league somehow can strike it rich through television the next time, more power to Bettman. Fans should note, however, that the more money a network commits to a league, the more power it has over the league's schedule." [NY Post, and more from Puck Update]

• The NHL's Iron Men, too. [Dr. Diablo]

• Goalie Jose Theodore(notes) of the Washington Capitals is up for the King Clancy. [Capitals Insider]

• Might Peter Bondra(notes) become a coach for the Capitals? Our suggestion: Grand Poobah of Sniping. [Japers' Rink]

• Elliotte Friedman on the "reinvention" of Roberto Luongo(notes): "Some NHLers who played/coached against him in Florida suggest he thrived in an area where there was much less scrutiny than Vancouver. They believe he isn't relaxed and puts way too much pressure on himself, which is why, when things go badly, some of his exchanges get testy with the media." [CBC Sports]

• Fans of the Montreal Canadiens pretend to receive communion prior to Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. "The body of Price ..." [Jim McIsaac/Getty Images]

• Twenty years ago today, the Edmonton Oilers won their fifth Stanley Cup, this one without Gretzky or Coffey. [Lowetide]

• Our friend Sarah Spain believes the Blackhawks are the best team in Chicago. Wait, there was a competition? [Chicago Now]

• Dan Carcillo takes his benching in stride for the Philadelphia Flyers. His mustache pitched a fit, though. [Philly.com]

• We must admit that the NHL.com headlines for Philly are Leight-years better than those for the Blackhawks and Habs. [Royal Half]

• "The Moncton Wildcats will observe a minute of silence on Monday night to honour one of their biggest fans who died on the weekend after a long battle with cancer." [CBC]

• Finally, we'd totally watch the world championships if every game was like this: Hammerfall and hockey.

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