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Daily Dasherboard Tuesday May 14, 2013

The 2013 Stanley Cup Conference Semifinals are upon us!  Games start tonight as teams look to get into the National Hockey Leagues

version of the final four.  How does your bracket look?   Were you able to pick the eight teams that remain?

Don’t tell the Boston Bruins that being down 4-1 with just a half period to go in a game seven is not a good place to be in.  Then again, they were playing the Toronto Maple Leafs.  [ESPN].

The 2013 edition of the New York Rangers have done something that no Rangers team has done in the history of the team.  They won a game seven on the road.  Pretty impressive given the team started 87 years ago.  Read the grades of the NYR hockey club to see if they have what it takes in the second round. [Bleacher Report].

The Ottawa Senators are facing a tough opponent in round two, but could have their star player back, as Jason Spezza returned to practice for the first time since surgery on February 1st.  If the Senators can smack the Penguins into submission, could Spezza defy odds and play in the Conference Finals? [ESPN].

The Pittsburgh Penguins have made it to the second round, but not before barely getting by the New York Islanders.  Is it time they look to get rid of Marc-Andre Fleury? [Puck Daddy].

Probably the best matchup of the conference semi-finals is in the Western Conference, as rival hockey clubs the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings start their series tomorrow.  While I don’t agree with the title – this Forbes writer does a good job of outlining why this series is good for the NHL.  [Fox News, Forbes].

While most people think that California is on a collision course with the Pacific ocean, the Conference Semifinals in the state of California pits Los Angeles with San Jose.  We saw the battle for Canada in round 1, now we see the battle of California in round 2. [Washington Post].

Bad news for Thomas Vanek the IIHF World Championship tour.    Austria has been relegated out of the top tier, and will have to fight their way back in.  [Yahoo News].

Today is the final day of the preliminary round in Swede/Finland.  Teams will have Wednesday off and the medal rounds begin on May 16th.

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