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Islanders face draft pick dilemma

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06:42 AM ET 04.19 | The New York Islanders might take themselves out of the Connor McDavid sweepstakes. With one piece of the Thomas Vanek trade left to deliver to the Buffalo Sabres -- a first-round draft pick in either 2014 or 2015 -- general manager Garth Snow is mulling giving up next year's selection, according to Newsday. The Isles currently own the fifth overall pick in the 2014 draft but have until June 1 to decide whether to keep it or defer to 2015. Newsday reports that all signs point to Snow keeping this year's pick.

Toronto Sun

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No return timetable for Lightning MVP

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07:57 AM ET 04.18 | If Lightning fans are looking for a playoff hero, they might do well to avoid looking to Ben Bishop. The MVP of this season was seen at the Forum on Thursday with his left arm mummy wrapped in bandage. Bishop carried an elbow brace. Before Lightning practice, Bishop took the ice in pads and even stopped and caught a few pucks softly tossed his way. ... Lightning coach Jon Cooper said don't expect to see Bishop anytime soon. "But I don't know what 'soon' is," Cooper said. Thanks. Maybe this doesn't make Anders Lindback, Bishop's replacement, a fish in a barrel. Tough spot, though. ... No, Anders Lindback didn't lose the game. But he didn't win it, either. He might have to do that once or twice if the Lightning are to take this series. I'm not at all sure he can.

The Tampa Tribune

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Most important matchup in Wings-B's

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07:57 AM ET 04.18 | It may be a cliche, but, in the playoffs, speed kills. [To open the Red Wings-Bruins series,] the greatest weapon Detroit Red Wings will have against the Boston Bruins defense is fleet-footed youngster Gustav Nyquist. His counter will be B's captain and chief minute-muncher Zdeno Chara. And, well, we all know how well that worked out last time. Despite the fact that Nyquist only has 18 playoff games under his belt, the Swedish winger owns the hottest stick in the NHL. ... [Perhaps] stingy backchecking from Patrice Bergeron or smashmouth corner play by Milan Lucic could keep Nyquist on a leash. Either way, the Bruins need something to supplement the 1-on-1 with Chara because, if there's one Red Wing who can turn Chara's stick into a 65-inch feather duster, it's Gustav Nyquist.

The Boston Globe

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For Fleury, demons always around the corner

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07:56 AM ET 04.18 | Here we go again, Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury admitted to feeling nerves before the puck dropped. "I did, yeah." He said it was fun to get back in goal for a playoff game but called it "stressful." He admitted to having to take a deep breath after MacKenzie's goal. "I tried to relax and stay calm and stay with it. Stop the next one and go from there. The more shots that came, the more comfortable I felt." ... Fleury might have turned back those demons Wednesday night, but he knows they'll be back Saturday to take another crack at him in Game 2. "One game at a time. ... One shot at a time," he said, quietly Fleury allowed himself a tired smile. He was right, it had been a stressful night. More such nights are ahead, many more, he is hoping. His smile was a combination of joy, exhaustion and relief. But mostly relief.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Hextall on Vancouver's short list

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07:55 AM ET 04.18 | As the playoffs pick up across North America, so, too, does a general manager search in Vancouver. The list of candidates to fill the [Canucks GM vacancy] is slowly taking shape. One person in the mix is Philadelphia Flyers assistant general manager Ron Hextall, according to the Vancouver Sun. Hextall joined the Flyers last year after serving seven years within the Los Angeles Kings organization and was part of the management team that won the Stanley Cup in 2012. "I do want to be a general manager," Hextall told NHL.com in July. "I talked to (Flyers GM Paul Holmgren) about that when we talked about this job. If something else becomes available, I at least want to look at it. He was absolutely fine with that." Multiple reports have also pegged Boston Bruins assistant general manager Jim Benning.

Toronto Sun

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