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Predators will play for the Cup, Senators face elimination tonight, and Otters set Memorial Cup records

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Good morning, PPP!

Last night, the Nashville Predators beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-3, winning Game 6 and the series. They will go on to the Stanley Cup Finals, and I’m not sure anyone’s happier about that than PK Subban.

Look at him! Look at his uninhibited joy! Today, we have been offered a precious gift: the opportunity to feel happy for PK Subban, while also taking time to laugh at the Montreal Canadiens and Marc Bergevin, who is probably still looking around for that puck-moving defenseman the Habs so clearly need.

Schadenfreude aside, have some links for your Tuesday:


A suggestion for a new Swedish stamp we can get behind - Pension Plan Puppets
There have been stamps issued before to commemorate great moments in hockey. Time for another?

A busy weekend to start the Memorial Cup - Pension Plan Puppets
Parades, games, and fans raise $10k for charity

WATCH: Erie Otters break three records in 12-5 victory - Pension Plan Puppets
I don’t know how to recap the game better than this.

Maple Leafs News

Photo gallery: Syracuse Crunch vs. Toronto Marlies, AHL North Division Final game 7 - Raw Charge
So. Many. Pretty. Pictures.

Sweden wasn’t the only winner: Why Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning should be happy after worlds | National Post
Try telling William Nylander, who celebrated Sweden's gold medal with a flying tackle, that the world championships are a secondary event

One former NHLer honours another | Timmins Press
Bill Riley never met Bill Barilko. They both played in the NHL, they're both Canadian, but on the surface, that's as far as the similarities seem to go.

News Around the League

After the worst game of the Senators’ postseason, the team hopes practice will make perfect - The Globe and Mail
With a historically bad powerplay during their postseason run, Ottawa is hoping for a spark from the man advantage as they face elimination in Game 6

Report: Sharks sign Czech d-man Simek - Fear The Fin
He’s spent his entire pro career in the Czech Republic.

Could Joe Thornton be the answer to Montreal’s top-line centre conundrum? - Eyes On The Prize
One of the greatest playmakers in NHL history is approaching free agency, but is also dealing with a knee injury.

Breaking NHL Draft news: Nolan Patrick likes cheesesteaks but somehow not pizza - Broad Street Hockey
As we move closer and closer to draft day, new information has been revealed about a top prospect that could potentially change everything.