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Kesler was named as a finalist for the Selke Trophy on Wednesday.

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DUCK TALES

  • Ryan Kesler was named as a finalist for the Selke Trophy on Wednesday (along with Patrice Bergeron and Mikko Koivu). The award is for the NHL’s best defensive forward (you knew that), and it is Kesler’s fifth nomination (you probably didn’t know that). [OC Register]
  • The Ducks’ defensive depth is passing the playoff test. [Fanrag Sports Network]
  • Kevin Bieksa is getting it done for the Ducks. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Shea Theodore and Nate Thompson are the Ducks’ new secret weapons. [NHL.com]
  • The Ducks have signed Giovanni Fiore from the QMJHL’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. [The Chronicle Herald]
  • Balanced scoring depth and good goaltending was key to the Ducks’ first round success. [ESPN]
  • Randy Carlyle put no thought into his Game 4 goalie choice. [NBC Sports]
  • Will the Ducks’ first round sweep of the Flames end the Brian Elliott era in Calgary? [National Post]
  • Five reasons why the Calgary Flames got swept by the Anaheim Ducks. [Fox Sports]
  • The Ducks are the first team to move to the second round. [Puck Prose]
  • ***PROBABLE EXTREME MAGUMBO VIOLATION WARNING*** With the West in disarray, could the Ducks be the team to beat? [Sporting News]

AROUND THE NHL

  • Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine, and Zach Werenski are the finalists for the Calder Trophy. [CBC]
  • An NHL linesman is suing Dennis Wideman for $10.25 million after an on ice assault. [Puck Daddy]
  • The Buffalo Sabres have fired both GM Bob Murray and coach Dan Bylsma. [NBC Sports]
  • In what is probably the most shocking development of the playoffs thus far, the Nashville Predators have advanced to the second round of the playoffs after sweeping the Chicago Blackhawks. [Puck Daddy]
  • Flyers prospects are buying into Ron Hextall’s patience. [CSN Philly]
  • The Rangers-Canadiens series is tied at 2-2. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins eliminated the Columbus Blue Jackets in five games. [Puck Daddy]
  • Bruce Boudreau is upset about Alex Pietrangelo’s ‘cheap’ hit on Zach Parise. [NBC Sports]
  • The Senators have taken the Bruins to the point of elimination. [Silver Seven]
  • In Calder Cup playoff action, the Charlotte Checkers defeated the Chicago Wolves 4-0. [Canes Country]
  • Read about Tanner Kero’s remarkable journey to the NHL. [The Athletic]