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(Ed: note: In case you haven't heard, it's Baby Wysh delivery day this afternoon. Our fearless leader will be around here and there over the next week as he tends to his wife and new baby daughter, but we're happy to add Justin Bourne and Steven Ovadia to our playoff blogging roster while Wysh is out.)

• The Hockey News' John Grigg suggests that the Pittsburgh Penguins must trade Evgeni Malkin(notes) to 1) find a suitable winger for Sidney Crosby(notes); 2) Give more ice time to Jordan Staal(notes); and 3) Free up cap space. Do you agree? [THN]

• It's the Year of the Tiger, according to Chinese New Year, but Eric Duhatschek claims in Montreal, it's the "Year of the Smurf". [Globe & Mail

• Eric Adelson on why the Montreal Canadiens should now be America's team. [Y! Sports]

• Bruce Arthur compares Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin(notes) after their losses to the Montreal Canadiens. [National Post]

• More Sid/Ovie playoff talk. [TSN]

• What's the reason behind Montreal's run? Blame Down Goes Brown ... or us, in a way. [DGB]

• Five things that went wrong for the Pittsburgh Penguins this season. [Fanhouse]

• James Murphy on the upcoming Game 7 for the Bruins: "The Bruins showed heart, desire and skill down the stretch, including in their first-round win over the Sabres and for the first three games of this series. But during parts of Game 4, throughout all of Game 5 and then during intervals in Game 6, the Black and Gold looked disinterested -- or maybe they were looking ahead to St. Catherine's Street or Pittsburgh." More on the Bruins/Flyers series later. [NESN]

• Yes, that was former New York Rangers goaltender Mike Richter shaking hands with Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider after their win last night. [Philabright]

• There's no update on Blair Betts(notes) after he appeared to injure his shoulder last night. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said he's expected to play in Game 7 on Friday. [Philly.com]

• According to NBC's Pro Hockey Talk, the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks will be the Sunday afternoon game this weekend. [PHT]

• Sounds like both conference finals might be opening on Sunday. [Habs Inside/Out]

• Ten reasons why now is the time for the Sharks and Blackhawks to start a rivalry. [Fear the Fin]

• Dave Lozo on the effect Joe Pavelski's(notes) play has had on the Sharks this postseason.[NHL.com]

• We talked about it right after it happened and it seems like the Dan Boyle(notes)/Ryan O'Reilly goal in the opening round against Colorado has been nothing but good for the San Jose Sharks. [Mercury News]

• Reader Jay S. noticed CBC getting a little ahead of themselves in their "Digital Archives" section:

• Team Canada will be without Steven Stamkos(notes) for their qualification-round game on Friday after suffering a possible concussion. Edmonton Oilers prospect Jordan Eberle(notes) has joined the team as his replacement. [TSN via CP]

• The Olympic jerseys worn by Team Canada are up for auction right now and Sidney Crosby is currently the front-runner at $56,100. In second place? Jonathan Toews(notes) at $2,022.97. [eBay] Stick tap to Puck Daddy Erik M. for sending that in.

• As usual, the latest Bloge Salming video is must-see. [Bloge Salming]

• The Penguins had their season end last night, it was also the end for Mellon Arena. [BackTeching]

• Matt Brown, the Massachusetts high school hockey player who was paralyzed during a game four months ago, returned to school yesterday. [Boston.com]

• After being down 2-0 in the USHL Clark Cup Finals against the Fargo Force, the Green Bay Gamblers won three straight to claim their third championship in franchise history. [USHL]

• Hockey horoscopes for the upcoming conference finals. [Pegasus News]

• Finally, via @Fromthepoint, if you've been wondering what Georges Laraque(notes) has been doing since being shunned from the Montreal Canadiens, then look no further:

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