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Help cure your St. Patrick's Day hangover happily with a Blues win, a Predators overtime loss, the Blues leading #ConferenceIII . . . and these fine, hand-picked links.

"Goddamnit, Jay! Did you fart again?!" -- Steen
"Goddamnit, Jay! Did you fart again?!" -- Steen
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Fun times.

BLUES NEWS:

  • Brian Elliott gets his 21st shutout as a Blue (new team record), Alexander Steen scores two and the Blues beat the Flames 4-0. HullandOates85 has your recap. [SLGT]

HOCKEY NEWS:

  • Nine games last night. There was that one really good one and eight others. [NHL.com 03/17/15]
  • Three games tonight. Ducks-Kings? That's a rivalry. Rangers-Blackhawks? That is not, really. [NHL.com 03/18/15]
  • The NHL expects the salary cap to be around $71MM next season. Which is great news, if true, for cap-spending teams like the Blues. But I'll believe it when I see it. [SLGT]
  • The NHL's general managers are proposing 3-on-3 overtime and limited coaches' challenges starting as early as next season. The Players Association would have to agree. [NHL.com]
  • NCAA hockey's championship weekend is this weekend. Ryan Lambert has a preview. [Puck Daddy]
  • The Senators goalie they're calling "The Hamburglar", Andrew Hammond, has scored free McDonald's for life. The Sens hope he chooses salads until he falls off the face of the earth. [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
  • Sharks GM Doug Wilson says the relationship between him and former team Captain, Joe Thornton, is in "a great place" despite this weekend's spat between the two. PROBABLY BECAUSE JOE KNOWS YOU'RE GETTING FIRED, DOUG. [USA Today]
  • Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri, who has been in a bit of hot water with his own team of late, will have a hearing with the Department of Player Safety today for a hit on Oilers forward Matt Fraser on Monday. [Puck Daddy]
  • Meanwhile, Blackhawks forward and general asshat, Andrew Shaw, was ejected last night for HEAD-BUTTING (yes, HEAD-BUTTING) Islanders forward Brock Nelson. That may draw a phone call. [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
  • Good news for the team with the best record in the NHL . . . Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has been cleared to return to practice and may be cleared to play very soon, six weeks after taking a puck to the throat. [USA Today]
  • On St. Patrick's Day, the Canucks honored the late, proud Irish-Canadian hockey player and coaching stalwart Pat Quinn with a lovely ceremony at Rogers Arena. [Puck Daddy]

OTHER SHIT:

  • Ethiopia has a Soup Nazi. NO SOUP FOR YOU. [NPR / The Salt]
  • Roger Goodell pulled out of an appearance on Funny Or Die. The excuse? Well, it's rather amusing. [SB Nation]
  • In nearby Coeur d'Alene, ID . . . a lady was charged with killing a hunter's falcon after finding said falcon take down a duck. That might be the most ridiculous sentence I've ever typed, and sounds incredibly badass, actually. [Y! / AP]

VIDEO:

Tom Servo gets a case of the Pinnochio Syndrome:

NAKED TOM SERVO! GAAAHHHHH.

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And be on the lookout for Episode #78 of Beyond Checkerdome -- in which I bad-mouth the shit out of Brian Elliott's performance Saturday night, just in time to prove me the fuck wrong LAST night -- tonight, hopefully?