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Tuesday May 28th, 2013

Michael Frolik of the Blackhawks scores on a Game 6 penalty shot Michael Frolik, who had a woeful 3.1 regular season shooting percentage, delivered on a Game 6 penalty shot. (AP)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:

• The Blackhawks avoided an unmitigated disaster with their stunning comeback on Monday night. No way they drop Game 7 now, right? Right?

• After starting the spring out of sync, it looks like Jonathan Toews' Game 5 goal finally has the Blackhawks all pulling in the same direction.

• Holy cow! The Hawks' playoff run is overshadowing the Chicago Cubs/Chicago White Sox crosstown series.

• The Red Wings lost their lead, their mojo, and maybe the series during their third-period meltdown in Game 6.

• Every young player goes through growing pains, but this player's struggles couldn't be coming at a worse time.

• Most of the Kings will be playing the first Game 7 of their careers, but coach Darryl Sutter likes the edge that home ice will bring to tonight's clash against the Sharks.

• The defending champs aren't quite ready to go quietly into that good night, according to Dustin Brown, but he knows that anything can happen in Game 7.

• So apparently face-offs, not home-ice advantage, are the key to winning Game 7 in L.A. At least, that's what the Sharks are hoping.

• Sounds like the prank-happy Sharks are coming into the contest loose and easy.

• The Penguins let Brandon Sutter find his own way during his first postseason experience. The road hasn't always been smooth, but his confidence is peaking heading into the conference final.

Jarome Iginla is ready to face the questions and the punishment as the Pens gear up to battle the team he rejected in favor of the Penguins.

• Will Claude Julien split up Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg to try to slow down Pittsburgh's top two lines? That's one of several options he's weighing as he tries to figure out how to knock off the best team in the East.

• Maybe it was just the post-elimination blues talking, but hearing Henrik Lundqvist talk about his time in New York in the past tense doesn't make it sound like he's geared up to sign a contract extension this summer.

Here's what Daniel Alfredsson had to say about his plans for next season.

• The NHL may have a deal in place to sell the Phoenix Coyotes, but until the ink is dry on an arena management contract that subsidizes the team, don't plan on buying 2013-14 tickets just yet.

• The Montreal Canadiens have hired Shane Churla as their chief amateur scout. Considering some of the sketchy picks his former employers, the Dallas Stars, made over the years, I'm guessing he threw in free fighting lessons to seal the deal. • Sounds like Nathan MacKinnon's dominating performance at the Memorial Cup has scouts rethinking the top pick at this year's draft.

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