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Smile when you say that, pardner!

Brad Marchand takes a seat
Brad Marchand takes a seat
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Canada and USA meet on Saturday (not at high noon) and only one team will move on...

  • It'll be Team USA against Team Canada in the IIHF Worlds semifinals, what better to watch on Saturday night?[WEEI]

  • Frank Vatrano assisted on the game winning overtime goal that sent David Pastrnak and Team Czech Republic home.[MassLive]

  • Looking back, there is one area in which the Bruins need to improve to compete- drafting young talent. Cost effective youngsters brought up in a team's system can go a long way to help the bottom line.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • ...deja vu all over again![@DanCagen]

  • David Pastrnak 's mom gets a little emotional over his games. And isn't David's dog adorable? (Google translation)[iSport] Watch the video here. (In Czech)[iSport]

  • The OHL Knights vs. WHL Red Deer Rebels is a family affair for Jake DeBrusk and his father.[LondonFreePress]

  • Jimmy Hayes was the keynote speaker at a Boston Herald gathering, where he talked to young athletes about resilience.[BotonHerald]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • A number of NHLers have been informed that they're going to be free to accept other offers. The Red Wings [TheHockeyNews] the Predators [THN] and the Senators [THN] will be leaving veterans behind.

  • Former Bruin Daniel Paille has signed with Brynäs IF of the SHL. (Google translation)[Expressen]

  • Thirty Thoughts reminds us that apparently conflicting answers about Steven Stamkos ' prognosis are honest, it is just that his situation is in truth a moving target.[Sportsnet]

  • NHL All-Star John Scott has opened a Twitter account, because of course.[BarDown]

  • One North American former NHLer found his happy niche playing overseas for Kazakhstan... [Sportsnet] ...while another came to regret signing to play for a KHL team that operated like a nightmare out of the old Soviet system.[BuffaloHockeyBeat]

  • Eight is great- Sean McIndoe offers his lessons learned from the four teams remaining in the Stanley Cup hunt.[Sportsnet]