Top Line: Chicago's lucky 21, DiPietro's disastrous AHL debut, more links
By Allan Muir
A guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• The Blackhawks looked tired on Friday night, but still found a way to extend their record-setting streak to 21 games with an overtime win over Columbus. The most amazing thing about this stretch? All three games they've lost to this point have been in the shootout.
• Ya say ya like podcasts? Our own Adrian Dater and CBC's Jeff Marek whipped one up to break down the Ryan O'Reilly saga.
• The clip of Sidney Crosby scoring the 2010 Golden Goal has never been shown on an NHL video player of any kind. If the IOC and IIHF want NHL players in Sochi, they'll have to provide the NHL video rights to moments like this.
• The Canucks look like a million bucks in their new sweaters but the only mirror they should be looking in is the rear-view kind because here come the hard-charging Los Angeles Kings.
• Our own Stu Hackel opens up the mail bag to answer reader questions at the New York Times.
• Last night's loss gives the Edmonton Oilers something to shoot for.
• The Capitals, who will be Winnipeg's first test, face 16 games in the next 30 days. To put themselves back in the playoff hunt, they'll need to be more aggressive than they were in their last game, a dispirited loss to the Flyers.
• Everywhere they go, the Philadelphia Flyers alumni team draws a crowd...and occasionally, a foe who thinks he has something to prove against a former Broad Street Bully. • News that the Flyers signed Anthony Stolarz didn't draw a lot of attention. It should. This kid could be a game-changer for the franchise.