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Pageau’s value; top-heavy Penguins; Sabres raise ticket prices, again (Puck Headlines)

• It’s so nice of Chewbacca to take his kids to meet Brent Burns at his offseason job in Walt Disney World. [@Burnzie88]

• Shortly after the Buffalo Sabres hired Jason Botterill as GM, Kim and Terry Pegula decided to hike prices for season ticket holders – again. A practice that’s become a regular since they took ownership. [Buffalo News]

• Kris Russell’s one year engagement with the Edmonton Oilers is coming to an end. He’d like to stay with the Oilers, but he’d probably also like to get over paid. [Edmonton Journal]

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Ducks vs. Predators: 5 big questions about Western Conference Final

Earlier today we gave you the breakdown of the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators and predicted who will win. It’s time to look at five big questions facing the two teams in the Western Conference Final.

1– Who wins the battle of Ryan versus the Ryans?

The Nashville Predators brought in Ryan Johansen for situations just like the one they’re about to face. The Anaheim Ducks have a two-headed snarling, half-bald monster at center with Ryan Kesler and Ryan Getzlaf. A duo Johansen became acquainted with last post-season.

In the three meetings between the two during the regular season, match-intensive coach Randy Carlyle opted to roll out the Kesler line whenever Johansen hit the ice. Since Kesler is the pre-eminent shut-down center for Anaheim, it’s not a stretch to assume Carlyle will put Kesler on the ice against Johansen whenever possible.

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Conference Finals storylines; Seattle arena funding; Ovechkin effigy (Puck Headlines)

• Starting in net tonight for the Anaheim Ducks, Tyler Bernier (son of Jonathan Bernier). Quick scouting report: Impossible to beat five-hole. Tends to give up the corners, posts, high-side, glove-side, all the sides, etc. [@NHLPA]

• Hockey Canada announced their centralization roster as the women’s team looks to defend their gold medal in South Korea. [The Ice Garden]

• Possible blow to the KeyArena bids in Seattle by asking for $200-million in taxpayer funds? [King5]

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Vladimir Putin reacts to FBI firing before hockey game (Video)

As we all know, the greatest Russian hockey player in history is Vladimir Putin – no question. He also happens to be the president of the nation. WHAT ARE THE ODDS?!

President Putin was about to jump on the ice for a game in Sochi when he was approached by CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer.

The reporter asked Putin if the firing of FBI Director James Comey would have any impact on the US-Russia relations (off the ice). Putin responded and his press aide, Dmitry Peskov, provided the translation. CBS used subtitles in the video below.

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Parayko headed to Worlds; Rangers, Senators Game 6; Dolly Parton? (Puck Headlines)

• For some reason, Patrick Eaves’ mother sent him a picture of Brent Burns for his birthday. [@Patrick_Eaves]

• Colton Parayko is off to Paris to join up with Hockey Canada at Worlds. [Blues]

• The Barclays Center might be starting the ‘opt-out’ process with the New York Islanders. [Newsday]

• Lightning owner Jeff Vinik invested $3-billion dollars in development of Tampa, and is now getting a group of startups involved in what’s deemed an ‘accelerator class.’ [Forbes]

• Looking ahead to the potential elimination game between the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators. [Blueshirt Banter]

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NHL Three Stars: Goals on parade for Capitals

No. 1 Star: Andre Burakovsky, Washington Capitals

In the Capitals thorough domination of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Burakovsky scored two goals in Washington’s 5-2 victory to force a Game 7 back at home.

No. 2 Star: John Carlson, Washington Capitals

The defenseman recorded a game high seven shots on net and scored a goal. He was second in ice-time on the team and delivered four hits.

No. 3 Star: Jay Beagle, Washington Capitals

No points for Beagle in this one, but his contribution was felt. He led the Caps in faceoff wins going 11 for 14 (73%). He tied Tom Wilson to lead the team with five hits. He was also wrasslin’ with Sidney Crosby and was all smiles.

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NHL Three Stars: Oilers destroy Ducks; Predators eliminate Blues

No. 1 Star: Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers

To say it was a good night for the Edmonton Oilers is an understatement. The team pummelled the Ducks 7-1 to force a Game 7. Draisaitl continued to be unstoppable against the Ducks, collecting a hat trick by the second period. It was all part of his five-point night.

No. 2 Star: Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

The Preds netminder picked up his eighth win of this postseason making 23 saves in team’s 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Nashville eliminates the Blues to move on to their first Western Conference Final in franchise history.

No. 3 Star: Mark Letestu, Edmonton Oilers

Letestu was second on the Oilers in the scoring parade with four points. He assisted on Zack Kassian’s goal to give the Oilers a 3-0 lead, then scored two of his own to increase the lead to 5-0. Letestu’s final assist came on the third goal for Draisaitl.

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Predators down Blues for first-ever Western Conference Final berth

For the first time in franchise history, the Nashville Predators are headed to the Western Conference Finals.

In Game 6 of the series, the Predators defeated the Blues, 3-1. And the home crowd, as the kids say, was ‘lit.’

Kevin Fiala, who broke his leg in Game 1 against the St. Louis Blues, was on hand to whip the Nashville crowd into a frenzy following the anthem by multi-Grammy award winning group, Lady Antebellum.

The Preds didn’t appear to get the memo that the game had started for real.

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Andrej Sekera out for remainder of series against Ducks

The Edmonton Oilers face a do-or-stay home Game 6 against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday evening. The team will be without the services of defenseman Andrej Sekera.

Head coach Todd McLellan ruled out Sekera for Game 6, and should the Oilers win, a possible Game 7 back in Anaheim. The Oilers did not reveal the nature of the injury; however, the Edmonton Journal reports Sekera sustained a left-leg injury.

In the first period of Game 5, the 6-foot, 198-pound Sekera went shoulder-to-shoulder hit with the 6-foot-4, 221-pound raging bull Ryan Getzlaf, sending the Oiler d-man into the boards.

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Jeremy Jacobs on Olympics; Alex Ovechkin on Sidney Crosby injury; Ryan Garbutt to KHL (Puck Headlines)

• To be a fly on the wall in this conversation: Former Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray and former Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley met up in a Buffalo bar after both were fired by owner Terry Pegula. [Deadspin]

• Boston Bruins owner and chairman of the Board of Governors Jeremy Jacobs give his HOT TAKE on the NHL participation in the Olympics: “I think the four people that watch it don’t justify it.” [Boston Herald]

• Heart wrenching story about Oliver Ekman-Larsson using the Arizona Coyotes five day break to go home to Sweden to say goodbye to his mother who was dying of cancer. [Arizona Sports]

• In the current concussion lawsuit against the NHL, the league is pointing the finger at the NHLPA. [TSN]

• Alex Ovechkin opened up to the media for the first time since Sidney Crosby’s concussion. [Washington Post]

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