Wow! Who could have imagined that Boston would have come back and dominated games three and four after losing the first two in Vancouver. Hats off to Tim Thomas for being a wall in net and giving the rest of the team confidence to play loose and pour the shots on net that Roberto Luongo could not handle.
After last night's 4-0 Bruins win, it now boils down to a three game series with two of then in Vancouver. The Canucks have a plane ride and a morning skate to rediscover the fact that they are the best team in hockey.
The loss of Dan Hamhuis has loomed large in the last two games (did I really say that?). Vancouver's defense has been scattered and has made many critical blunders that has left Roberto Luongo vulnerable in net.
As of right now, Tim Thomas is clearly the leader for the Conn Smythe race as he has played well for the entire finals series after being the main reason that his team is even in the playoffs to begin with.
Make the jump for today's news and links...
In Pred Nation...
The near official news that Lane Lambert would leave Milwaukee to go to the Predators was first broken by the JS Online yesterday. Josh Cooper has the story at the Tennessean. A formal press conference will be held in Milwaukee today. Ian Hebers is speculated to be the replacement.
Paul Fenton has a great summary of where the top prospects stood at the end of the Milwaukee playoffs.
Robbie at HNIN warns Preds fans to buckle up over the next few weeks.
Paul Nicholson has the report card for Jordin Tootoo at On The Forecheck.
Josh Cooper has the season review on Shea Weber.
Dirk Hoag has links from this morning and from late yesterday.
Around the NHL...
The NHL GMs are recommending a change to Rule 48 to broaden it's use. Damian Cox points out that what was said after the meeting was still clear as mud.
Bruce Arthur has an excellent commentary on the confused state of supplemental discipline.
Actor Will Arnett spoke out on Twitter after the Rome on Horton hit. All Habs has the Tweets.
Winnipeg officially announced that Kevin Cheveldayoff as their new GM at a press conference yesterday. NHL.com now has a bastardized page up for the unnamed Winnipeg Franchise
Adam Proteau has a list of the top ten Winnipeg Jets.
Bill Guerin has joined the Pittsburgh Penguins as a player development coach. Here is Guerin on NHL Home Ice taking about his new post.
Kevin Allen speculates on who would have to go if the Flyers are able to sign Ilya Bryzgalov.
Brad Richards would love a return to Tampa Bay.
Chris Johnston explains that the Oilers are listening to offers for the number one pick in this year's entry draft.
On Frozen Pond has a look back at Dale Tallon's moves in his first year at the helm in Florida.
A long Island legal expert says the vote for the new arena is skating on thin ice.
The happiest guy on the ice, Kris Draper, hopes to know soon if the Wings will ask him back.
As if there wasn't enough going on with the NHL Awards on June 22 and the Draft on the 24th and 25th, the Hobey Baker Award Banquet was squeezed in on the 23rd at the St.Paul River Center, not far from the draft.
Things aren't moving as quickly as some had hoped on a new arena for Quebec City.
Here are some sad faces after Houston lost the Calder Cup to Binghamton.
Odds and Ends...
Check out today's playable logo at Google. You can even record your creation.
Here is a sad tale of the 100 year old Molly Butler Lodge in Greer, Arizona that may or may not have succumbed to the huge fire in Arizona.
The new Tennessee law going into effect in July that makes it a crime to "share" Netflix passwords and the like flies in the face of this update from Netfix themselves allowing you to use 50 different devices to watch movies.
One of our vendors has a "Claimant of the Month" where they video someone that is claiming to be injured in an accident but are not. Insurance fraud is running rampant. It is amazing that in today's social media age that folks go on Facebook, Twitter and other sites and brag about ripping off insurance companies. It is not only their friends that are reading.
The Alamo Drafthouse takes an angry R-rated customer complaint and turns it into an announcement waring others not to text. They really seem to take this stuff seriously.
This makes sense... Google is rolling out public transit info on Maps in selected cities.
Here's an odd story about Alice Cooper meeting Elvis Presley.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass