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Reading list: Flyers' answers, Rinne understands

Sunday, 05.08.2011 / 10:24 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Conference Semifinals

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Reading list: Flyers' answers, Rinne understands
Reading list: Preds force Game 6, Helm helps Wings win close one
There may have been only one NHL game on Saturday night, but the Nashville Predators made some history as they finally won a game when their season was on the line. Thanks to the heroics of players such as Joel Ward and David Legwand, the Predators forced a Game 6 in the Western Conference Semifinals with a pulsating 4-3 win at Vancouver.

So, while the Eastern Conference Finals are set (No. 3 Boston vs. No. 5 Tampa Bay), things are still very unsettled in the West as the Detroit Red Wings also extended their series with the San Jose Sharks on Friday night.

Here's your daily NHL.com Reading List for a set of quick links to some of the stories you won't want to miss:

Rinne understands significance of Saturday's win
Pekka Rinne knew going into Rogers Arena on Saturday that Game 5 against the Vancouver Canucks was a big one because it was the first time in Predators' history that they were facing elimination in the second round. Following the 4-3 win, which was backed by Rinne's 31 saves, the goaltender labeled it the biggest game in franchise history. Dan Rosen reports from Rogers Arena.

It's déjà vu for Canucks
Seventeen days after their last opportunity to close out a series in five games, the Vancouver Canucks were once again unable to seal the deal in a 4-3 loss to Nashville. Dhiren Mahiban spoke with some members of the team afterwards, and they're hopeful they've learned their lesson.

Ward hopes to win one for Mom
Joel Ward's mother moved from Barbados to Canada in 1962. Nearly 40 years later, her son scored arguably the two biggest goals of his life in the Nashville Predators' 4-3 win at Vancouver. Dan Rosen reports on Joel's dream to bring the Stanley Cup to her home this summer.

Role players coming up big for Sharks, Wings
When it comes to third and fourth lines, they are usually first and foremost among reasons why teams make deep runs in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But depth has been the story this postseason, and it's been on display during the Western Conference Semifinal series with the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks. Dave Lozo has the latest from San Jose.

Helm helps Wings end run of close losses
The Detroit Red Wings needed to prove to themselves that they could win a close game against the San Jose Sharks. As Brian Hedger reports, Darren Helm's late goal on Friday night helped the Wings gain some confidence.

Goaltending, lack of offense part of Flyers' demise
The Philadelphia Flyers are left scratching their heads following a four-game sweep against the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. What caused the quick exit? Mike Morreale has some answers.
Quote of the Day

Obviously a lot happened in a short period of time. At the end of the day, considering everything I went through, I really felt close to my teammates and I really feel like what we accomplished, I know we didn't win it all. ... I'm really proud of how we got there and what we did once we got there.

— Rangers forward Martin St. Louis to Jim Cerny of BlueshirtsUnited.com