Top Line: Ducks close in on Blackhawks, Martin Brodeur set to return, more links
By Allan Muir
A notated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• You can't afford to give some teams the lead. The Ducks? Don't dare put them in a hole. For the 14th time already this season, Anaheim came from behind to pull off a thrilling victory over the league-leading Blackhawks.
• TSN's Darren Dreger tweeted that Joffrey Lupul will meet with the Department of Player Safety today regarding his head shot on Victor Hedman.
• The Lightning failed to get the win last night in Toronto, but playing at the ACC fulfilled a lifelong dream for Tampa Bay rookie Cory Conacher.
• Here's a solid piece from Terry Frei on the second-class status of the Colorado Avalanche in the hearts and minds of owner Stan Kroenke.
• The Second-Class Kids put an end to their four-game losing streak thanks to some lineup gerrymandering by beleaguered coach Joe Sacco.
• Blowing a two-goal, third-period lead for the second time in this homestand demonstrates that patience, more than a major roster shakeup, is what the Edmonton Oilers need.
• Steve Ott is earning three more minutes a night under Ron Rolston than he did under Lindy Ruff. The result? Nine points in the last 10 games and more of the grit and leadership the Buffalo Sabres need.
• Best wishes to Rangers GM Glen Sather, who undergoes surgery for prostate cancer today.
• Promising Penguins rookie Beau Bennett doesn't have a steady spot in the lineup, but he's earned the chance to remain in Pittsburgh for the rest of the season.
• Meanwhile, Evgeni Malkin still isn't certain he'll be available on Friday when the Pens travel to Long Island.
• I don't know where Stephen Gionta went, but this isn't the way I learned to do it at hockey school.
• Know the name Sean Day? You might want to tuck it away for future reference. The 15-year-old defender reportedly has been granted exceptional status by Hockey Canada and is eligible for this year's Ontario Hockey League draft. He'll be just the fourth player to earn the early ticket to the O, but the third in four years. One hitch: He's unlikely to go first or second overall like previous ES players John Tavares, Aaron Ekblad and Conner McDavid.
• Big ups to the Czech legal system: Eight fans were banned from their team's stadium for one year for hurling racial epithets at Wayne Simmonds. The Flyers' forward played in the KHL during the lockout.• Finally, a reminder that sometimes there are larger concepts to deal with in life than the left-wing lock: Here's how to explain existentialism to your five-year-old.