Games 7 analysis; Mike Johnston goes home; Subban vs. Snoop (Puck Headlines)

• Not sure if weight lifting parrots is an NHL approved workout plan, but you do you, Michael Del Zotto. [@mdzofficial]

• P.K. Subban and Snoop Dogg will go head to head in a charity basketball game in June. [Montreal Gazette]

• This year’s Washington Capitals team was different. So, why did the season end the way it had so many times before? [Washington Post]

• Dmitry Orlov, Alex Ovechkin, and Evgeny Kuznetsov have been summoned to Team Russia for the World Championships in their home country. [IIHF]

• What is it about the St. Louis Blues and making things hard on themselves when it comes to winning? [STL Today]

• Blues fans find themselves on the brink of a meltdown as they face another elimination game in the playoffs. [St. Louis Game Time]

• Keys to victory for the Dallas Stars in Game 7. [Dallas Morning News]

• “Shania Twain helps resurrect Dallas to force Game 7 against St. Louis: Six easy tweets.” [Defending Big D]

• The San Jose Sharks are in a familiar position with Game 7 looming, and it’s going to take everyone, not just the stars, to close out the Nashville Predators. [Mercury News]

• “Nashville has a roster that can compete with anyone. In the NHL, that can still mean scrapping to get into the playoffs, then playing inconsistently during them. Both are true of this team.” [The Tennessean]

• Jim Rutherford has proved “rebuilding on the fly” is possible with a team like the Penguins. [Today’s Slapshot]

• Former Pittsburgh Penguins head coach, Mike Johnston, has landed back with the Portland Winterhawks as coach and general manager. He left the organization to take the job with Pittsburgh. [The Columbian]

• Doug Houda has left the Boston Bruins staff to rejoin the Detroit Red Wings to work with the defense and penalty kill as an assistant to Jeff Blashill. [Red Wings]

• The Arizona Coyotes are two-thirds of the way complete with their plan to relocate their minor league hockey club from Springfield to Tucson. [Tucson.com]

• The Portland Pirates will replace the Coyotes’ team in Springfield. A group of local investors, including a former Pirates player and former owner, are working to create a new team in Maine to replace the departing Pirates. [The Forecaster]

• Lamar Hunt, Jr. has been awarded a USHL expansion franchise, and plans to bring the team to Kansas City. [Kansas City]

• “May 9 was a national holiday in Russia and it made for a long weekend this year. It’s a time to look back, reflect and to hope those dark days of war never come again.” [TSN]

• Incredibly heartwarming story about Phil Simon, 88, and his impact on the Lake Erie Monsters AHL team and Cleveland hockey for the past 66 years. [Blue Jackets Xtra]

• Children with special needs from ages 5 to 17 years old have been given a chance to play hockey when they otherwise wouldn’t. Classifying the results as ‘life changing’ is an understatement. [Fox 43]

• Previewing the WHL final between the Brandon Wheat Kings and the Seattle Thunderbirds. Seattle dominated their playoff series thus far, but Brandon is the favorite. [Buzzing the Net]

• Fantasy hockey cage match: Cam Atkinson versus Reilly Smith. FIGHT! [Dobber]

• Finally, GOOD LORD, SONNY MILANO. [TheGreatTomski]