• NOPE! This has gone way too far. The madness must end. [@JerseyFouls]

• Tyler Seguin underwent shoulder surgery and is expected to be back in four months. [Dallas Stars]

• Former NHL enforcer Sasha ‘Pit Bull’ Lakovic is dead at 45. Lakovic announced last year he had inoperable brain cancer. [CBC]

• Patrice Bergeron played the entire season with a sports hernia. [WEEI]

• Logan Couture played in the playoffs with two facial fractures. [Mercury News]

• Erik Karlsson doesn’t expect the two fractures in his heel to cause him problems in Round 2. [TSN]

• “The Ducks know their championship window will one day close. Maybe not until it locks. But, in this pressure-packed moment, it may never be more open.” [OC Register]

• Ryan Johansen sees the playoffs as an opportunity to make a name for himself among the top centers in the league. Shutting down Jonathan Toews in Round 1 helps. [The Tennessean]

• Alex Pietrangelo has embraced the leadership role given to him when he was made captain of the St. Louis Blues. [STL Today]

• An ‘X’s and O’s breakdown’ of the Pittsburgh Penguins versus the Washington Capitals. [Pensblog]

• Exploring the Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers matchups beyond just the Ryan Kesler against Connor McDavid level. [Oilers Nation]

• Three reasons why New York Rangers fans should be optimistic in the second round. [Blueshirt Banter]

• Did you know Alex Ovechkin’s agent, David Abrutyn, is a lifelong Capitals fan? He attended the team’s first game at the age of four. [Washington Post]

• Wayne Simmonds and Travis Hamonic are finalists for the NHL Foundation Player Award. [NHL]

• Looks like the Minnesota Wild aren’t planning on bringing back Martin Hanzal next year. [Pioneer Press]

• John Stevens will reshape the identity of the Los Angeles Kings. [FanRag Sports]

• The removal the ‘interim’ tag from Bruce Cassidy’s as head coach of the Boston Bruins is a deserved promotion. [Bruins Daily]

• Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs post-mortem analysis. [Spector’s Hockey]

• Detroit Red Wings alumni will participate in a charity game to support a high school student who was paralyzed in a freak accident while playing hockey. [Fox 2 Detroit]

• Eddie Lack revealed the sweet new gear he’ll be rocking in net for Team Sweden at Worlds. [In Goal Mag]

• In the ‘Battle of Disappointments,’ which player is the better fantasy own: Gabriel Landeskog or Boone Jenner? [Dobber]

• Finally, Bret Hedican met his Olympic gold medalist wife, Kristi Yamaguchi, during the Games. Now Kristi tries to teach the former NHL’er how to figure skate. That’s true love right there.