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5 NHL stories: Preds move on, Pens stay alive

The East and the West's middle seeds had the hockey world's undivided attention Friday night, highlighting the top five stories from Day 10 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The Nashville Predators celebrate in the final seconds of Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarter-finals moments before eliminating the Detroit Red Wings from the Stanley Cup playoffs on Friday. (Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

The East and the West's middle seeds had the hockey world's undivided attention Friday night, highlighting the top five stories from Day 10 of the Stanley Cup playoffs:

1. The Nashville Predators accomplished more than just a first-round series win in Game 5 on Friday: Hand the veteran Red Wings their earliest playoff exit in six years? Check. Make a statement in their dark horse run for the Stanley Cup? Check. Convince celebrity couple Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman to don oversized mustard yellow t-shirts? Double check.

2. The wild Penguins-Flyers series got a bit milder on Friday, surprising the fans, but the series could take another turn after the Penguins hung on in Game 5. Still, even though the Flyers lead the series 3-2, forwards Scott Hartnell and Danny Briere had to "Consol" each other in our photo caption contest.

3. NHL sheriff Brendan Shanahan needed an extra day to decide what he'll do with Raffi Torres. The Phoenix Coyotes forward attended an hour-long hearing in New York on Friday for this hit.

4. Baby-faced breakthroughs Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog and Adam Henrique will duke it out for this year's coveted Who Actually Remembers the Blue Jays' Back-To-Back World Series Wins Award — but you know it better as the Calder Trophy for NHL rookie of the year.

5. The Penguins' Cup hopes may look bleak, down 3-2 to the Flyers, but they've got the numbers on their side. According to this CBCSports.ca infographic, this year's fourth-seeded Penguins have a better shot at winning it all than those pesky fifth-seeded Flyers and even the third-place Florida Panthers.

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