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5 NHL stories, including Ovechkin's hit

05/05/2012 06:10 EDT | Updated 07/05/2012 05:12 EDT

A quiet night in the second round gave the Phoenix Coyotes and Nashville Predators centre stage on Day 24 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. It was also a day of reflection as coaches rethought their decisions and the country recalled some of their favourite hockey moments.

Here are five NHL stories from Friday.

1. Predators head coach Barry Trotz has left us asking "What if?" What if Alexander Radulov and Sergei Kostitsyn hadn't been benched? Could they have helped the Predators avoid going down 3-1 in the series after losing Game 4? Or would they have also been no match against Coyotes goalie Mike Smith? Vote in our poll.

2. The Phoenix Coyotes are one win away from clinching their first ever trip to the Conference Final after their 1-0 win over the Predators. Goalie Mike Smith had the Twitterverse buzzing with his shutout performance, but we weren't going to let him have all the fun.

3.Fans and experts ranked their favourite moments from Canada's longest running drama as Hockey Night in Canada celebrated 60 years of tradition on the It Happened on Hockey Night: Top 10 Countdown show.

4. "If it ain't broke, fix it anyway" is the mantra the New York Rangers have found themselves following ahead of Saturday's Game 4 against the Washington Capitals. Head coach John Tortorella tinkered with his line combinations and we'll see how that works out for the Blueshirts, Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on CBC and CBCSports.ca.

5. The world hockey championship is only a day old but Team Canada has already dealt with its share of injuries. During their 3-2 win over Slovakia in the tournament opener, Vancouver Canucks winger Alexandre Burrows left the game with an apparent concussion.

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