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Morning Skate: No captain, no problem in Vegas

Morning Skate: No captain, no problem in Vegas

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading. while marking Day Three in Toronto.

*Not having a captain on their team really hasn’t been an issue with the Vegas Golden Knights, who have somehow pushed into the second round of the playoffs after absolutely decimating the Los Angeles Kings. The Golden Knights continue to be an amazing Cinderella story.

*Pekka Rinne has not been very good against the Colorado Avalanche in the postseason, but here’s why Preds fans shouldn’t be worried.

*Boy, that Radko Gudas can’t help but throw hits that injure players can he? In practice, he takes down teammate Sean Couturier. That’s no bueno for the Flyers.

*Richard Panik arrested for trespassing in Arizona is a strange way to commemorate his NHL season with the Coyotes being over.

*Here’s a look at the Bruins rookies from an outside perspective in Toronto where they think they’ve been “sneaky good.” Actually, I think they’ve just been really, really good. There is absolutely no sneaky about it.

For something completely different: A big-time stick salute to Mary Shertenlieb for finishing the Boston Marathon with her husband and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Rich. This is a testament to courage and perseverance with Mary having battled cancer multiple times in the past, and also to the great love between these two excellent people. We’re all so proud of you, Mary…you rock!  

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Morning Skate: Looking back at B's miracle vs. Leafs in 2013

Morning Skate: Looking back at B's miracle vs. Leafs in 2013

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while we continue to inch closer to Infinity War coming out. Can’t wait.

*A tiny oral history of the Game 7 from the first round of the 2013 playoff series between the Bruins and Leafs shows a Toronto team still hurting over it, and a current Bruins group that doesn’t want to talk about it. What a moment in Bruins playoff history, though.

*It continues to be really ugly in Ottawa as ownership is warring with the fans, the media and everybody else while trying to rebuild after a dreadfully discouraging season. At some point, you need to wonder if it’s time for new ownership there.

*Speaking of owners, it sounds like the honeymoon is over for the new ownership of the Carolina Hurricanes.

*Jack Edwards ruffling feathers up in Canada after going ballistic when Andreas Johnsson went down with an injury in the third period and negated a potentially important B’s rush into the offensive zone.

*Kevin Hayes sits down for a 1-on-1 with the Athletic where he talks about the Rangers getting back to Cup contention next season.

*Nathan MacKinnon is really breaking out with the Colorado Avalanche in these playoffs and showing that world class speed he has to attack.

*For something completely different: Aaron Rodgers apparently wants a say on personnel decisions with the Green Bay Packers. Of course, he does.

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Morning Skate: Photos of Crosby appear in Wells Fargo Center urinals

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Morning Skate: Photos of Crosby appear in Wells Fargo Center urinals

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while the weather is equally miserable in both Toronto and Boston right now. 

 

*Good on Washington Capitals winger Brett Connolly for making sure this little girl got her puck after the first couple were swiped away from her. These are the kind of cool moments that make you remember all over again why you’re a hockey fan in the first place. 

 

*Dustin Byfuglien provided bruising play for the Winnipeg Jets, but that doesn’t mean he spends his time in the penalty box. 

 

*So how did photos of Sidney Crosby end up in all of the urinals at the Wells Fargo Center? Well, it’s Philadelphia…that’s how. 

 

*Legendary play-by-play man Bob Cole is baffled at the decision to sideline him for the Stanley Cup playoffs as he’s been the voice of hockey for a long, long time. 

 

*Henrik Lundqvist revealed the reason he won’t be playing for Team Sweden in the World Championships and it was a bit of a surprise. 

 

*If the Washington Capitals want to find their way out of another first round playoff disappointment, it all rests on Braden Holtby

 

*For something completely different: Here are 10 running tips from an Olympic hopeful that anybody can adopt. 

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