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Top Line: Future is now for Marc-Andre Fleury; more NHL playoffs links

Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins All eyes will be on Marc-Andre Fleury as the Penguins try to avoid another playoff pratfall. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

By Allan Muir

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

• With one year left on his deal and his 30th birthday coming up fast, Marc-Andre Fleury's performance in the playoffs will determine whether he has a future with the Penguins.

The Blue Jackets' Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov might want to go online and check out Steve Kasper's highlight reel before they take on their Game 1 assignments.

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau has led teams to six division titles and won 300 NHL games faster than anyone in history, but he's never gotten past the second round of the playoffs ... and it's killing him.

• Just 22, Tyler Seguin has a Stanley Cup ring and 42 playoff games under his belt, but he's a different player for the Stars than the one who stumbled through a one-goal-in-22-games drought with the Bruins last spring.

• The adaptability of coach Darryl Sutter has the Kings poised to challenge for their second Stanley Cup in three years.

Matt Moulson of the Wild isn't asking for much. Just a Stanley Cup and his own bed.

Nathan MacKinnon of the Avalanche says that he was "pretty successful" during two playoff runs as a junior -- yeah, a Memorial Cup with 24 goals and 61 points in 34 games is pretty successful. Now the challenge is to prove that he can be a big-game player in his first shot at the NHL postseason.

• One Flyers player will stand up during the wedding of a Rangers player this summer. He's hoping to bring a buddy named Stanley as his plus one. The groom objects.

Philadelphia coach Craig Berube made it clear early on that he wouldn't coddle his players. Perform, or pay the price. So far, his blunt approach has worked for the Flyers.

Henrik Lundqvist ... what's he ever done in the Stanley Cup playoffs?

Danny Briere's play during the regular season was a source of frustration for the Canadiens, but he can put it all behind him with another spectacular playoff run.

Steven Stamkos of the Lighting says he feels like someone has been testing him all season. But now that he's headed to the playoffs for just the second time in his career, he knows the real test is still ahead.

• Reilly and Brendan Smith will take the feud out of their family basement and onto the ice when the brothers meet for the first time in the NHL playoffs.

Jarome Iginla wasn't looking for a big payday when he signed with the Bruins last summer. He was looking for a chance to win the Cup. That road starts here.

• Could the cavalry be coming just in time for the injury-riddled Blues?

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is experimenting with his lines ahead of Chicago's series with St. Louis. No telling if he'll stick with these for the opener or for five minutes, but if he does, this third line looks interesting.

• Who says the Hockey Gods aren't fair? The Panthers lost out on the first-overall draft pick at last year's lottery, but beat the odds to win it this time around. For one prominent member of the team, the moment was extra special.

• "Miracle On Ice" hero Dave Christian and former All-Star Reed Larson are the biggest names behind the latest concussion lawsuit filed against the NHL.

• The Boston Marathon bombing took on a personal face for hockey fans with the death of nine-year-old Martin Richard. Here's a heart-wrenching look at his life, the bombing and the aftermath for his family. Seriously, make time for this.

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