Top Line: Jagr makes history, Ducks dominate Hawks (again), more links
By Allan Muir
A notated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• The Wild were pointing fingers at the officials after their seven-game winning streak came to an end in Dallas. They might want to check the replays and take a look at their defensive zone breakdowns instead. Veteran Brett Clark could make his debut tonight on the Minnesota blue line. Not sure that will help.
• Do the Ducks have the Blackhawks' number? Chicago goalie Ray Emery suffered his first loss of any kind this season as Anaheim won on a late Sheldon Souray goal. Seven games between these two this spring is not too much to ask.
• The Ducks are keeping a close eye on the trade market. Could Derek Roy or Mike Ribeiro be the answer to their second-line needs? Not sure I like their chances to go deep with Peter Holland in the role.
• With Jarome Iginla's work visa issues resolved, the Penguins can begin their inexorable march to Stanley Cup glory. He'll suit up for the first time today to help the Pens try to extend their 14-game winning streak.
• They'll take on the Islanders this afternoon, a team that features a former teammate who is looking forward to taking a pay cut next season.
• Coaches don't usually refer to 5-4 games as "fun," but hey, it was Jon Cooper's debut behind the Lightning bench so any win had to feel pretty good.
• Helene St. James says the tight-checking Red Wings are on the right path heading into the season's final 14 games.
• Here's what Detroit had to say about landing coveted college free agent Dan/Danny DeKeyser. Unfortunately, it offers no insights from Dan/Danny/Daniel Cleary about organization issues with what to call players named Daniel.
• Are headshots taking a toll on the play of Henrik Lundqvist? The Rangers are keeping a close eye on him. If he misses any time, they're finished.
• Montreal should get a big boost for the game from the return of ex-Ranger Brandon Prust.
• Holding onto the third seed in the East puts the Jets in a tough spot ahead of the deadline. They're too thin to move pending UFAs like Ron Hainsey and Nik Antropov, so they face losing them for nothing this summer.
• The Los Angeles Kings got some good news yesterday: hard-rock defender Matt Greene is recovering nicely and could rejoin the team in time for the playoffs.
• Phoenix winger Steve Sullivan admitted he had some doubts along the way to his 1,000th career NHL game last night.
• Here's a nice feature on the second life of Maple Leaf Gardens from the IIHF site.
• Sean Monahan and Darnell Nurse lead this list of the Ontario Hockey League's top draft-eligible players. Pretty strong list, although I like Ryan Hartman a little higher.• With playoffs underway across the Canadian Hockey League, NHL Network Radio talked with GM Warren Rychel about Taylor Hall, Adam Henrique, Andrei Loktionov and the back-to-back Memorial Cup wins for the Windsor Spitfires. For my money, the best team in junior hockey history.