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Matt Murray Avenue; NHL17 features; Cherry returns to HNIC (Puck Headlines)

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• Is Joe Thornton's beard impacting his performance? What do squirrels have to do with it? Sports Science investigates. Hey, at least ESPN is covering hockey...? [ESPN]

• The morning after Game 4 for the San Jose Sharks. Their late push is not enough. [Fear the Fin]

• Ian Cole and Eric Fehr join the list of unlikely heroes for the Penguins in the playoffs. [Tribune Live]

• A look at how the Pittsburgh Penguins are using Kris Letang to shield Justin Schultz. [Pensburgh]

• Heavy and hard hockey by the Penguins is taking a physical toll on the Sharks. [CBC]

• San Jose mayor Sam Liccardo hosted several homeless and newly housed veterans at the Sharks game in a private box. [Mercury News]

• The Sharks first team in franchise history was an 'exercise in futility' and bordered on Absurdist Theater. [SI]

• Congrats to Matt Murray! Not only is he leading his team to a possible Stanley Cup, but he's also getting a street in Squirrel Hill renamed after him. [Post-Gazette]

• "Your job was to make sure nobody got killed" from retired referee Kerry Fraser writing about officiating in the playoffs. [The Players Tribune]

• The Arizona Coyotes and Shane Doan are working on a one year deal. [AZ Central]

• 'Nothing new' between the New York Islanders and potential free agents Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin. [NBC Sports]

• According to Milan Lucic's agent, there has been no progress between the player and the Los Angeles Kings in reaching a new deal. [The Hockey News]

• The Tampa Bay Lightning have hired former Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards as an assistant. [Tampa Bay Times]

• Dave Barr and Scott Allen have been added to the Florida Panthers coaching staff. [Panthers]

• New NHL17 features announced including World Cup of Hockey rosters. Now you can fix what USA Hockey broke. [Operation Sports]

• Don Cherry has signed a 'multiyear' deal to return to Hockey Night in Canada. His personal tailor is thrilled! [Globe and Mail

• Steve Dangle takes a look at what's ahead for the Toronto Maple Leafs not named Auston Matthews. [Sportsnet]

• All the focus is on the Leafs taking Matthews at No. 1. Who else should they draft? [Leafs Nation]

• The unofficial guide to being an Edmonton Oilers fan. [Copper & Blue]

• "Diversity, hockey and living in a post-Julie Chu era." [Excelle Sports]

• For some trailblazers in the NWHL, they could find themselves without a team to play on this season. [ES]

• Quebec's notorious fight-happy hockey league tries to evolve with the times. [Vice Sports]

• Kenora, Ontario will host next season's 'Hockey Day in Canada.' [Kukla's Korner]

• Braden Holtby will march in the Capital Pride Parade this weekend to support the LGBTQ community. [CSN Mid-Atlantic]

• Fantasy hockey offseason outlook for the Florida Panthers and New York Rangers. [Dobber]

• Finally, Wayne Gretzky's tribute to hockey dads with videos of adorable tiny hockey players.

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Jen Neale is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at or follow her on Twitter! Follow @MsJenNeale_PD.



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