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Philly's latest mess

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07:45 AM ET 04.23 | The protocol this time of year is to remain mum about the health of Steve Mason and the nature of his "upper-body injury," which doesn't help matters much as the Flyers are backed closer to the wall for Game 4. If Mason is completely healthy, he should start. This is not about his being a savior, stepping back into the lineup, and playing as if he were superhuman to rescue the Flyers in this series. This is about a course of action that only makes sense. Mason is the team's No. 1 goaltender. He was better than [Ray Emery] this season by every measure. In fact, if Mason really is completely healthy -- and [Craig Berube] said less than two hours before Game 3 that he was -- then he should have started Tuesday night. These are the playoffs. You play your best players when they are able to play.

Philadelphia Inquirer

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Youthful Red Wings are rattled

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07:44 AM ET 04.23 | Perhaps in both Boston and in Detroit, fans wondered which of their teams would show up in a pivotal Game 3 -- and it turns out Boston kept its momentum from Game 2. How to explain it? A team that played nearly a perfect Game 1, defeating the Bruins 1-0, has now looked utterly off their game of speed and puck possession for four of the six periods since -- including the first on Sunday and all three Tuesday. ... "Anyway you look at it, we gave them two goals," Mike Babcock said. "It was almost like the energy in the building, the excitement or whatever, we didn't handle it too good. We were out of kilter, fumbling with the puck. I don't think we got going until 32 minutes in the game. I don't know why we were rattled or nervous or excited or whatever."

Detroit News

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Bishop's severe injury

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07:43 AM ET 04.23 | In the eyes of many, the Lightning's chances of a first-round win were dashed when they lost goaltender Ben Bishop, who was, when healthy, largely responsible for the franchise making a run at the playoffs. [Bishop] suffered a dislocated elbow which forced him to miss all four games of his team's first round series against the Montreal Canadiens. The injury was suffered in an April 8th game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.The Lightning were swept by the Canadiens in four games, Bishop had hoped to return to action in either Game 5 or 6 had the series gone that long. Anders Lindback started all four games of the first round series for the Lightning, rookie goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis made two appearances in relief.

TSN.ca

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Key to Pacioretty's change of fortunes: His dad

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07:42 AM ET 04.23 | For Max Pacioretty, the playoffs had been a study in frustration. [But] he knew his time had come when the Canadiens went on a power play at 17:49 of the third period in Tuesday night's Game 4 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. "I didn't see the penalty, but as soon as I heard it called, I knew it was my chance to step up," said Pacioretty, who did just that. He scored his first goal of the post-season at 19:17 to give the Canadiens a 4-3 win and a sweep of the best-of-seven first-round playoff series. ... Pacioretty said he received some motivation from his father, Raymond, who was watching him play in person for only the second time this season. "He's always been supportive and he always says the right things, and he calmed me down tonight," said Pacioretty. "He said: 'You've scored 39 goals this year and maybe you should be more confident.' I had no confidence."

Montreal Gazette

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Doughty hot about icetime

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07:41 AM ET 04.23 | Kings defenseman Drew Doughty wants to play as much as possible, and, based on his 28:31 of icetime in Tuesday's Game 3 loss, it appears as if Darryl Sutter attempted to change things. The issue came up in relation to the experiment of Game 2, in which the Kings dressed seven defensemen. "We lost, big-time. Obviously it didn't go too well," Doughty said of the 7-2 loss on Sunday. "I think everyone gets out of rhythm when you dress seven D. I only played 23 minutes. It's like the lowest I've played in, who knows how long. I want to be playing 28-30 minutes. I didn't like it too much. But it's not my decision. Whatever they decide as a team, I just have to go along with it and accept it."

Los Angeles Times

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