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Morning Skate: Friday, June 22

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Morning Skate: Friday, June 22

The Pro Hockey Talk boys have the story of St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock attributing Chris Stewarts down year to lack of physical fitness. That would explain the pay cut he took this year.

Some of the hot rumors from the NHL Awards and NHL Draft as the last big weekend of the year gets going for the National Hockey League.

Pierre Lebrun says that the trade talk is heating up with NHL Draft weekend ready to get going.

Heres an Ottawa Senators blog justifying the Erik Karlsson Norris Trophy victory. Great offensive player, but Im still not buying it.

Elliotte Friedmans always great 30 thoughts plus some chatter about the potential Rick Nash suitors.

Justin Bourne adds some of his thoughts about Elliottes 30 thoughts. Thats a lot of thinking.

Some interesting news about Paul Martin potentially taking part in the Stanley Cup playoffs despite a concussion that went untreated.

For something completely different: Some really interesting thoughtsobservations from SI.com court reporter Michael McCann about the Penn StateJerry Sandusky trial.

ALCS: Tanaka, Yankees top Keuchel, Astros 5-0 for 3-2 lead

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ALCS: Tanaka, Yankees top Keuchel, Astros 5-0 for 3-2 lead

NEW YORK - Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and the New York Yankees finally solved Houston Astros nemesis Dallas Keuchel, beating the ace lefty 5-0 on Wednesday for a 3-2 lead in the AL Championship Series.

Gary Sanchez hit an RBI single off Keuchel and later homered to help the wild-card Yankees win for the third straight day at home and move within one victory of their first trip to the World Series since 2009.

The teams head back to Houston for Game 6 on Friday night, when Justin Verlander and the reeling Astros will try to regain their footing following an off day and force a decisive Game 7. Luis Severino is scheduled to start for New York.

Just days ago, Houston was up two games to none and appeared to be closing in on its second World Series appearance. But the Astros, like defending AL champion Cleveland before them, have been unable to put away these poised Yankees, who improved to 6-0 at home in this postseason in front of their cheering, chanting fans.

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Gordon Hayward will have surgery on ankle Wednesday night

Gordon Hayward will have surgery on ankle Wednesday night

BOSTON – Gordon Hayward will have surgery on his left ankle tonight, according to a league source.

Hayward, who suffered a left ankle injury in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday night, was considering having the surgery in Boston or back in Indiana by a doctor who had operated on him when he played at Butler.

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It’s too soon to determine a timetable for Hayward’s return, although the Celtics anticipate he will most if not all of the remainder of this season.

Hayward’s injury delivers a major blow to a Celtics team that were considered a top-two team in the East by most.

With Hayward out for an extended period of time, teams like Washington and Toronto are likely to get more serious consideration as another strong threat to Cleveland which has advanced to the NBA Finals each of the last three seasons.

Replacing Hayward in the Celtics starting lineup was Marcus Smart who joined Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Al Horford.

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