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Sullivan and speed; Ward's lasting impression (Puck Headlines)

Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com. 

• Another take on the Florida Panthers’ logo with a Lion King twist. [Notorious Wojo]

• How Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan made his group play as a faster. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

• According to NHL records, Cup finalists who sweep the first two games at home win the series 91.7 percent of the time. The Penguins aren’t paying attention to that stat. They know they have a tough task upcoming in San Jose. [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]

• How five teams have won the Cup after trailing 0-2 in the series. [Sports Illustrated]

• Penguins third-string goaltender Jeff Zatkoff is drawing rave reviews for his blog on the Stanley Cup Final. [The Pens Blog]

• Wherever Joel Ward has gone, the Sharks forward has left a lasting and meaningful impression. [Globe and Mail]

• Will the San Jose Sharks change some of their lines to get back into the Stanley Cup Final? Coach Peter DeBoer is weighing some decisions with his personnel. [CSN Bay Area]

• Bay Area hockey fans and San Jose citizens have waited 25 years to see a Cup Final home game at the Shark Tank. The atmosphere inside the Tank should be unmatched. But as the Sharks approach this big moment, their players cannot afford to think about celebrating. [San Jose Mercury News]

• Recently the San Jose Sharks were filled with excitement and dreaming of just four more wins for a Stanley Cup. Following two sub-par performances against the Pittsburgh Penguins, there is a sense of doom-and-gloom surrounding team. [Blades of Teal]

• When Brent Burns gets into things, he goes all in. Like his obsession with pirates. [ESPN]

• The Dallas Stars will not buy out either Antti Niemi or Kari Lehtonen this offseason. Both goaltenders seemed to struggle in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. [Dallas Morning News]

• The hiring of Kirk Muller as an associate coach has the potential to be a home run for the Montreal Canadiens. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]

• The decision to go to Montreal made sense for Muller, who was an assistant coach with the St. Louis Blues the last two seasons. Muller turned down the Blues’ one-year contract offer. [STL Today]

• Former Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo has interviewed to be Ken Hitchcock’s coach in-waiting with the Blues. [Star Tribune]

• A detailed breakdown of the Florida Panthers’ new jersey and logo. [SportsLogos.net]

• The Panthers will play a preseason game at the United States Military Academy next season. [Today’s Slapshot]

• We could see a lot of trades this summer. Who are some of the players most likely to get dealt? [TSN

• Former New Jersey Devil Sergei Brylin is passing on his wisdom and experiences to the young prospects and below the surface, it’s having an impact. [The Hockey Writers]

• Comparing Zach Bogosian to Erik Karlsson at the 2008 NHL Draft Combine and why you can’t put too much stock in physical testing. [Sportsnet]

• Brad Richards will wait and see his options this offseason in free agency. Last season he played 68 games with the Detroit Red Wings. [The Guardian

• When it was announced  that the American Hockey League’s Portland Pirates were relocating to Springfield, Massachusetts, an opportunity presented itself to the University of Maine men’s hockey program to book more games in Portland for the upcoming season. [Bangor Daily News]

• The Big Ten announced their hockey schedule for the 2016-17 season. [Big Ten]

• What will the Halifax Mooseheads do with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 QMJHL Draft? [Buzzing the Net]

• The top-60 defensemen for your fantasy keeper league.[Dobber Hockey]

• Finally, Dylan Larkin takes a ride with three-time Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves.

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