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Monday coast-to-coast: Nathan MacKinnon, Halifax Mooseheads seeking Game 7 showdown

Neate Sager
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WHL

The Kamloops Blazers should have the Portland Winterhawks' attention after winning big twice to extend their Western Conference series.  (Taking Note, Small Thoughts At Large, Oregon Live)

Winterhawks star Ty Rattie played Saturday but was not at 100 per cent. (Portland Tribune)

Captain Darren Kramer says his Spokane Chiefs need to avoid "the trap of running around" in order to beat Tri-City on Monday to force Game 7. (Spokane Spokesman-Review, Tri-City Herald)

Edmonton Oil Kings centre's Henrik Samuelsson's size and willingness to play with some jam with be of the Ulf-most importance in the Eastern Conference final vs. Moose Jaw. (Edmonton Sun)

Edmonton over Moose Jaw in six games? (Regina Leader-Post)

Taking a look at who the Medicine Hat Tigers will have back for next season. (Tiger Turf)

OHL

The Kitchener Rangers, who have pushed Plymouth to a seventh game, don't know the meaning of the word quit. I don't know the meaning of the word quondam. (Waterloo Record)

How Jeff Skinner came back to help inspire his former Rangers team to that Game 6 win. (Sportsnet)

Who would the London Knights rather face in the Western Conference final, Kitchener or Plymouth? Meantime, Knights forward Greg McKegg's injury is listed as  day-to-day. We're all day-to-day. (London Free Press, Kingston Whig-Standard)

Knights coach-GM Mark Hunter has guided his team past two coaches (Saginaw's Greg Gilbert and Windsor's Bob Boughner) who were given much more credit for what they did with their teams. (London Free Press)

It's zero hour on Tuesday for Mark Scheifele and the Barrie Colts against the Ottawa 67's. (The Barrie Examiner, The Hockey News)

Former Windsor Spitfires and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds goalie Jack Campbell earned good notices during his season-ending stint with the Dallas Stars AHL affiliate. (ESPN Dallas)

QMJHL

Nathan MacKinnon and the Halifax Mooseheads have fought off elimination these against the Quebec Remparts, can they do it again on Monday night? (Halifax Chronicle-Herald, Le Soleil)

MacKinnon's numbers during the series have been slightly better than Quebec star Mikhail Grigorenko's — if by "slightly," you mean "a lot." (Metro Halifax)

Take a minute to read about Emile (Butch) Bouchard, the former Montreal Canadiens captain and Hockey Hall of Famer whose name graces the Q's trophy for its top defenceman. Bouchard died Saturday at age 92. (Montreal Gazette)

No MasterCard Memorial Cup host team has gone out in the second round since 2003. So the Shawinigan Cataractes have all the pressure in Game 7 on Tuesday, says Chicoutimi Saguenéens coach Marc-Étienne Hubert.  (Le Nouvelliste)

Blainville-Boisbriand and Rimouski are also headed to Game 7. (La Presse)

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at neatesager@yahoo.ca and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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