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From the Branches: Blues hitting all the right notes

Our long bi-national nightmare is finally over.

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The Blackhawks are out. The Blues are in. What a time to be alive.

Why do Hawks fans think they lost? Let's check in on SCH!

alright refs you got a "makeup" call, will you do your job now? by Thumpasaurus on Apr 25, 2016 | 10:43 PM

are you kidding me, refs? by leslieo54 on Apr 25, 2016 | 10:54 PM

Blues couldn't have gotten a better officiating crew if that had paid for it by CjSax on Apr 25, 2016 | 10:54 PM

Now they call that God dman refs by kcr on Apr 25, 2016 | 10:54 PM

CONSIDERING THE SHEER ABOUT OF SHIT THE REFS HAVE NOT CALLED by justforkicks on Apr 25, 2016 | 10:54 PM

Two absoute bullshit calls after a game of no calls by 2883 on Apr 25, 2016 | 10:54 PM

Hawks would be in a better position if the refs called the game equally for both teams by AngryGiant on Apr 25, 2016 | 10:56 PM

Game 7 Recap: Party Like It's 1999 - St. Louis Game Time
Blues showed they actually ARE a different team this year.

So the first round is finally over and we can move on to the good match-ups.

Wait. WHAT?

What do you mean the first round isn't over? The Ducks and Predators? But the second round starts at 7pm tomorrow, and there are no games tonight! Has any league's playoff series ever been more contorted for the sake of TV broadcasting than this one?

The second round will indeed start tomorrow at 7PM EDT with the Islanders @ Lightning. Then at 10PM we go back to finish the first round with the Ducks and Predators.

Preds win 3-1, force game seven after dramatic finish - On the Forecheck
Now moving on to the final game of the series, Nashville's accomplished two separate franchise-firsts: earn a 2-0 series lead and force a game seven. This coming after one of the most dramatic endings in the team's playoff history.

Have a good sleep tonight so you can stay up and watch that game. Or not.

Should the Leafs draft Jesse Puljujarvi with 2nd overall pick? - Shanaplan Debate
The age long debate that will face the Toronto Maple Leafs if they land the 2nd overall pick; should they draft Jesse Puljujarvi over Patrik Laine?

Brayden Schenn to have hearing for hit on TJ Oshie - Sons of Penn
It would be funny if he is suspended from a few games next season.

Vincent Lecavalier, For the Hundredth Time, Says He Will Retire - Jewels From The Crown
Please stop asking what will happen if he doesn't retire.

CalgaryNEXT: Seemingly Too Good To Be True - Matchsticks and Gasoline
There's a lot of discussion about the CalgaryNEXT project that could house a new arena for the Flames, but is the public willing to foot the 1.3 billion dollar bill that was reported by the city of Calgary?

Ice Dogs one win from final - St. Catharines Standard
Stephen Harper couldn’t have picked a more opportune time to come up with his best game of the playoffs.