Games 7 mania; Shanahan urged to testify; Franzen progressing (Puck Headlines)

• Unlike most of us, Ben Bishop did not snap in half after completing this stretch. [Getty]

• Players suing the NHL over its handling of concussions have asked the presiding judge to compel Brendan Shanahan to testify.

“I was never opposed to giving a deposition,” he said in a written statement provided by the Maple Leafs. “My response was that I was happy to cooperate and I provided upcoming dates that hopefully work for both sides. My understanding is that it is in the process of being scheduled.”  [TSN]

• “Mirtle: NHL in seventh heaven with dual Game 7s and zero sideshows.” [Globe & Mail]

• Henrik Lundqvist found way out of Lightning ‘trap’ and into Game 7. [NY Post]

• The Rangers are at their best when facing elimination. That’s a good thing. [North Jersey]

• “Game 7: Where Legends Are Born Or Dreams Die.” No pressure. [Blueshirt Banter]

• “For the Lightning, this is the time to win.” Agreed. There is no Game 8. [Tampa Bay Times]

• Tampa Bay has a date with destiny. The only thing standing in their way is a team from New York. [Bolts By The Bay]

• More Rangers/Lightning: “There’s nothing before it or after, there’s only Game 7.” [Raw Charge]

• As if the Blackhawks needed anymore motivation to win Game 7, they use last year’s defeat to the Kings as a reminder. [ESPN]

• Ducks goal for Game 7: shutdown Duncan Keith. (Maybe that should’ve been the plan from Game 1…) [OC Register]

• The secret life and death of a hockey analytics pioneer Tore Purdy (a.k.a JLikens). Great story on someone who had a huge influence in the movement without calling attention to himself. [ESPN]

• Hurricanes EVP/CFO Mike Amendola leaves the organization. Amendola had served both Carolina and the Nordiques in some capacity since 1981. [Canes Country]

• Islanders headed for Brooklyn and long-awaited financial stability. [Today’s Slapshot]

• Red Wings believe Johan Franzen is making progress, and expect to see him on the ice next season. [M Live]

• Binghamton Senators head coach Luke Richardson was being courted by the Buffalo Sabres. Since the job went to Dan Bylsma, the Baby Sens get to keep their coach another year. [Ottawa Sun]

• Eric Wellwood’s playing career ended at age 23 due a freak, yet serious, accident that nearly cost him his life. He continues to mend, physically and psychologically, in a new role behind the bench for the Oshawa Generals. [The Star]

• Quebec Remparts oust Rimouski Oceanic from Memorial Cup. [Buzzing the Net]

• Don Cherry probably won’t want to read this: “What I Learned from Watching the Entire First Decade of ‘Rock’em Sock’em Hockey’ Videos.” [Vice]

• The making of ‘Footsteps’ a feature for the 60th anniversary of Hockey Night in Canada holds a special place in the filmmaker’s heart. [Slapshot Diaries]

• The possible fantasy impact of Dan Bylsma being hired by the Buffalo Sabres. [Dobber]

• Finally, to fire you up for Game 7 tonight, here’s an action movie-esque trailer of the action so far (without crappy acting by Vin Diesel). [NHL]