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Morning Skate: Sidney Crosby has been a good ambassador as the face of his NHL generation

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Morning Skate: Sidney Crosby has been a good ambassador as the face of his NHL generation

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wishing everybody a safe and relaxing Memorial Day weekend. 

*Apparently Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette has yet to try Nashville’s hot chicken despite his time behind the Preds bench. It’s okay, I have yet to try it either in my handful of visits to Music City. 

*Good stuff from PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough. Apparently it wasn’t so easy to make Wayne Gretzky’s head bleed when it came time for director Doug Liman to cut Swingers together

*Sidney Crosby cares about the history and the issues of the game, and has been a good ambassador as the face of his NHL generation despite the hate that always comes with such responsibility. 

*Puck Daddy examines Crosby’s performance in the playoffs, and the odds of him winning another Conn Smythe Trophy. 

*The Penguins have made it to the Stanley Cup Final without Kris Letang for their playoff run, and that’s an amazing accomplishment. 

*Erik Karlsson said that he will be tending to his injured foot next week, and expects a full recovery for next season after a brilliant run with his Ottawa Senators

*Larry Brooks again rails against the Stanley Cup playoff structure and it’s relation to an “absurd regular season.” Say what you will, but the fact the Penguins are there for a second straight season shoots down some of the absurdity stuff in my mind. The best team from the East is where they should be and they did it without Kris Letang to boot. 

*Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex Debrincat is confident his abilities will translate to the NHL despite his size after taking home honors as the best player in junior hockey this season. 

*For something completely different: Apparently there’s a hard core comic book geek gripe that “The Flash” is burning through bad guys too quickly. This would make sense if they couldn’t revisit these bad guys at any point, but they absolutely can go back to a big bad like Grodd anytime they want. 

Bruins vs. Leafs live stream: Watch Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 7 online

Bruins vs. Leafs live stream: Watch Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 7 online

It all comes down to this.

The Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs will play a winner-take-all Game 7 at TD Garden on Tuesday night to decide their first-round Stanley Cup Playoffs series.

It's been a tightly-contested series, with the Leafs and Bruins winning on the road in Games 5 and 6, respectively, to set up the second consecutive first-round Game 7 between the Original Six clubs.

The Leafs carry plenty of baggage into the matchup, as they've lost five consecutive Game 7s on the road dating to 1995.

Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, with "Hockey Postgame Live" airing on NBC Sports Boston immediately following the game.

Here's how and when to watch Bruins vs. Leafs Game 7 online.

When: Tuesday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Network
Live StreamNBC Sports App

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Matt Grzelcyk none too pleased with bad ice at TD Garden

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Matt Grzelcyk none too pleased with bad ice at TD Garden

The NHL playoffs coincide with the start of spring, which means warmer weather, and sometimes, sloppy ice. Matt Grzelcyk is none too pleased by this.

According to boston.com, Bruins left winger Brad Marchand, whose nimble moves may be more challenging on bad ice, wasn't holding back:

“The ice has been terrible [at TD Garden]...we might as well play with a tennis ball and we’ll just skate around and see who bounces one in the net.”

Meanwhile, teammate Matt Grzelcyk's father, John Grzelcyk, is a member of the "bull crew" at TD Garden, which is responsible for getting things set when changing over from the Celtics' basketball court to the B's ice.

His son Matt had a playful jab on the matter:

“Me and Pasta [Pastrnak] actually gave him grief after [Game 6]...He didn’t like it. We were kind of joking, but yeah, obviously he doesn’t have much to do with that. But it was fun to poke some fun at him for sure.”

Temperatures in Boston were in the low 50s on Tuesday afternoon, so hopefully the ice at the Garden is more solid than in Game 5, which the Bruins dropped 2-1 to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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