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San Jose's confidence; Backes beating Benn (Puck Headlines)

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• Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole had a great time at Game 4 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. [Big League Stew]

• San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer says his team is in a "good spot" against the Nashville Predators. The Sharks are up 2-1 heading into Thursday's Game 4. [San Jose Mercury News]

• Should the Predators play forward Mike Ribeiro in Game 4 against the Sharks? Coach Peter Laviolette scratched Ribeiro for Game 3. He has one point in nine games this postseason. [Tennessean]

• Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn needs to step up his game to match St. Louis Blues captain David Backes. The last two games, Backes has scored three goals, including the overtime winner in Game 2.  [Dallas Morning News]

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• What was the narrative of Game 4 between the Capitals and Penguins? The Penguins beat Washington 3-2 to take a 3-1 series lead. [Japers’ Rink]

• If the Capitals had Stanley Cup aspirations, they should have won Game 4. [Washington Post]

• The New York Islanders blew three, one-goal leads in Game 3 against the Tampa Bay Lightning before losing in overtime. New York will need to forget about this as they prepare for Friday’s Game 4. [Islanders Point Blank]

• Ryan Callahan’s heady all-around play in Game 3 tipped the series in favor of the Lightning. [Tampa Bay Times]

• Former Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley was surprised to hear there were philosophical differences between him and the organization. Hartley was fired Tuesday. [TSN]

• John Chayka is taking over as general manager of the Arizona Coyotes, meaning, “you don’t have a lot cigar-chomping titans running the show anymore” as GMs. [The Hockey News]

• The ‘Oliver Ekman-Larsson for Auston Matthews’ trade talk needs to stop. [Five For Howling]

• The Portland Pirates franchise will move to Springfield Massachusetts ahead of the 2016-17 season. The prior Springfield franchise (feeder team to the Arizona Coyotes) is moving to Tucson, Arizona. [Sin Bin]

• Vancouver Canucks prospect Brock Boeser will walk with senior Baylee Bjorge for Grand March during Grand Forks Central's prom on Saturday night. Bjorge, born with Down syndrome, is a fixture at sporting events and is popular among the student body. [Grand Forks Herald]

• Marc Crawford would like to return to the NHL in one of the four head coaching vacancies in the league. He’s coached the last four years in Zurich but hasn’t been in the NHL since the 2010-11 season with the Dallas Stars. [The Province]

• The London Knights will take on the Niagara IceDogs in the OHL final. [Buzzing the Net]

• One of the most important topics for fantasy hockey owners over the course of the summer will be Jonathan Drouin’s ranking. [Dobber Hockey]

• The NWHL’s Buffalo Beauts have signed veteran defenseman Lisa Chesson to a one-year, $15,000 contract. [Today’s Slapshot]

• The CWHL’s Calgary Inferno are looking for a new general manager. The team won the Clarkson Cup last season. [Along the Boards]

•  Why “losing” the draft lottery is a misnomer. There are many talented players between the top overall selection and the 14th spot. [Spector’s Hockey]

• Former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Johnston is ready for his next opportunity after enjoying some time off. Johnston was fired by Pittsburgh in mid-December. [Local Xpress]

• Star Wars themed opening to Penguins/Capitals from Hockey Night in Canada. Wednesday was May 4, aka Star Wars Day. 





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