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No Boyle hearing; winning without Letang; Parayko the student (Puck Headlines)

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• Best of the worst from the 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey. We enjoyed this one of Brandon Prust staring into your soul. [Puck Junk

• Brian Boyle will not face a hearing with the Department of Player Safety for his hit on Thomas Hickey that played a part in Tampa's overtime goal. [Tampa Bay Times]

• 'NHL should worry about danger more than damage in disciplining hits.' [Washington Post]

• As the wild fire in Fort McMurray raged, Game 3 for the St. Louis Blues wasn't at the top of mind. [St. Louis Post Dispatch]

• Four ways the Kris Letang-less Pittsburgh Penguins can sneak out a win in Game 4. [Pensburgh]

• Marc-Andre Fleury talks about feeling 'more normal' even as he dressed to be a backup in Game 3. [Post-Gazette]

• Finding the positives in the Washington Capitals Game 3 performance on the game tape under the heading, 'A Tale of Two Passes.' [RMNB]

• "Last night was one of those games you don’t shake off. You don’t shake it off as a writer, a fan, player or coach. Witness Islanders' coach Jack Capuano harping on Brian Boyle’s elbow in the press conference. It is wonderful selective memory to harp on that when the Islanders simply fell apart as Tampa ramped up pressure late in the game and in overtime. This is what blew game 3. Not an elbow." [Isles Beat]

• The Sharks need to keep the game at even strength against the Predators as penalties prove costly. [Fear the Fin]

• Five takeaways from the Nashville Predators 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks in Game 3. [The Tennessean

• Colton Parayko, rookie on the Blues, is balancing his defensive duties in the playoffs in addition to three classes to nearly complete his college degree. [ESPN]

• "It was fun to ask, “Who’s your Vladdy?” as he helped eliminate the defending NHL champion Blackhawks in the opening round. But some wondered, “Where’s Vladdy?” heading into Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals." Vladimir Tarasenko proceeded to quiet his critics. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

• How do the Dallas Stars have two goaltenders, but neither one has stepped up to lead the team in the second round? [Dallas Morning News]

• Matt Hendricks is Captain America for World Championships with Nick Foligno and Connor Murphy as alternates. Play starts on Friday versus Canada! [USA Hockey]

• P.K. Subban, Mark Giordano, and Matt Martin are the finalists for the NHL Foundation Award for their charitable efforts. [NHL]

• Bill Foley, the leader of the NHL to Vegas movement, has a grand vision for the franchise, like New England Patriots grand. [LV Review Journal]

• How current hockey TV ratings in the Las Vegas market signal good things for the possible expansion franchise. [The Sin Bin]

• USA Hockey U-18 coach Don Granato on Auston Matthews: “I’ve been on the ice with a lot of first-round picks… this is a whole other level." [Maple Leafs Hot Stove]

• The coaching search for the Ottawa Senators in an increasingly competitive marketplace. [Sens Chirp]

• Flyers 19-year-old defensive prospect (and possible Bond villain), Ivan Provorov, is planning on making Philly's roster out of training camp. After an incredibly successful end to his junior career, it isn't a long shot. []

• According to Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, Dylan Larkin could find himself at center next year if Pavel Datsyuk does in fact decide to head back to Russia. [Daily Tribune]

• Reflecting back on Bob Hartley's four seasons as the head coach of the Calgary Flames. [Flames Nation]

• The NWHL enters free agency with plenty of team wide roster questions to be answered. [Victory Press]

• Kelly Babstock reupped for year two with the Connecticut Whale. She continues to find the balance between hockey life and 'real life' as is experienced by many women's hockey players. [Along the Boards]

• Three free agents the Buffalo Beauts should target during free agency. [Today's Slapshot]

• Previewing the 2016 QMJHL President's Cup Final. Could the No. 2 ranked Shawinigan Cataractes upset the No. 1 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies? [Buzzing the Net]

• Fantasy hockey defensemen cage match: Alec Martinez of the Los Angeles Kings vs. Erik Johnson of the Colorado Avalanche. [Dobber Hockey]

• Julien Green, midfielder for Bayern Munich and the US men's national team, is a HUGE Tampa Bay Lightning fan. He grew up wanting to be a professional hockey player, but chose soccer instead. [Goal]

• Finally, Gnash, the Nashville Predators mascot, reversed the San Jose black cat curse.

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