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Daily Pucking Grind. Bitter Roast. April 28th

I’m back, but after you start to read this you may want me to leave again.  Normally I wanted Thursday’s to be “New Releases Thursday” , but not today.  Not this Thursday.

Today’s musical selection is The River by Bruce Springsteen.   A live performance from his New York City tour in 2002.  Why?  The following phrase in the song sums it up: ” Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true, or is it something worse”?.

I’ll talk about my trip to Chicago and our college tour in a day or two, but for now just know that it was great.  The reason for the “bitterness” or sour attitude is the Chicago Blackhawks loss to the classless Vancouver Canucks. I know this is a site about the Florida Panthers, but you know that I lived in Chicago for 30 years till I moved here.  Forget doing the math, Chicago’s in my blood as well as a few other readers who come to this site as well.  Some of those readers are closer to my heart than others.  One of them is dorkier than the rest….    I didn’t expect a repeat Cup victory, but thought it would have been great to advance to the second round.  Regardless and all nitpicking aside, it was a fantastic series that could have been a Stanley Cup Final match.  It seemed as though the Canucks celebrated that way   afterwards and can breathe for a day.  Globe and Mail. Until tonight.  Links after the jump.

Here’s a few things to read for today:

In the misery loves company department Jeff Bartl could be more depressed than me.  Blackhawk Up. While the boys of Second City Hockey figure out how to pick up the pieces.

Meanwhile two of our FanSided writers Lorenzo Jensen of The Canuck Way and Tim Currell of Blackhawk Up were on The Pulse before Tuesday’s contest.

I have to wear a suit and tie for my day job, but if I showed up in this, you’d probably kick me out.

Monica McAlister covers the NHL daily from A to Z at The Hockey Writers.

Wednesday’s Three Stars and Andrew Ference is in the “news” again.  Puck Daddy.

Here’s the Conference Semi-Finals Schedule.

FanSided’s Steven Williams contributes to a eulogy for the Los Angeles Kings.  Puck Daddy.

The top 10 players who had the most impact in round one. The Hockey News.

Both Boston and Tampa win their game seven’s to advance in dramatic fashion.

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Looks like Keaton Ellerby has shown enough to stick after signing a new “one way” contract.  On Frozen Pond.

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