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Ilya Bryzgalov's latest comments won't still well with Flyers fans.Ilya Bryzgalov's comments to the Courier-Post on Tuesday may not sit well in Philadelphia, but they were misconstrued. (Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:

• Ilya Bryzgalov says he has no control over the future and isn't giving a lot of thought to remaining with the Flyers after this season. Note: this initially drew heavily on the Courier-Post headline, which suggested that Bryz "didn't care" about staying in Philly. Read the story and you'll see why that wasn't a fair characterization.

• The Devils are 0-3-4 and have scored just 12 goals since Ilya Kovalchuk went on IR, so the news that he's skating and will be back soon gives a boost to their sagging playoff hopes.

• Remember that pic of Rihanna rocking a Senators jersey like it was a Betsey Johnson mini? Yeah, apparently that's a thing now in Ottawa. It would be a lot less disturbing if it weren't leading to the revelation of so many pasty man-thighs.

• The Penguins clinched the Atlantic Division title with a 5-3 win over Carolina. They also got word that All-Star defenseman Kris Letang could return to the lineup later this week.

• The return of Justin Faulk couldn't stop the Hurricanes from dropping to 1-8 since signing Alex Semin to a long-term deal.

Ben Bishop stuck it to his former teammates, but let's be honest: the big story out of the Lightning's win was the first NHL goal for the wildly-coiffed enforcer Pierre-Cedric Labrie, right?

• The Isles earned a gut-check win over the Flyers. This looks like a playoff team, doesn't it?

• They also announced plans for a preseason game in Brooklyn next fall against the Devils.

Sergei Bobrovsky posted his fourth shutout in his last 15 starts and the Blue Jackets snapped a two-game skid with a 4-0 win over the Sharks that puts them right back into the Western Conference playoff picture.

• The Washington Capitals continued their late-season surge with a 3-2 win over the Habs. That's five straight for the Caps and nine in their last 11, but here's a reality check for the team's fans: this was the first regulation win for Washington against a team currently in a playoff position. Wow.

• Sometimes a coach just doesn't take a liking to a player. That seems to be the case in Toronto considering how Randy Carlyle is handling Jake Gardiner. The flashy defenseman might need to be freed from the organization this summer.

• Mike Babcock is spreading his message of positivity to all who will listen. It might be more believable if the Red Wings could cut down on those goals-against, though, right?

• The Wings are loading up Grand Rapids for a late-season evaluation of the organization's top hopefuls.

• A pair of turnovers from newcomer Robyn Regehr cued a third-period meltdown by the Kings. Tough night for Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar, who were both minus-4 in the 5-1 loss to Dallas.

• The Stars moved to within two points of eighth-place Detroit with the win, but may have seen their playoff chances evaporate when goaltender Kari Lehtonen left midway through the first with a lower body injury.

• A 14-game stint on IR didn't dull Patrick Sharp's edge, but Ryan Suter almost did. The Chicago winger managed to avoid re-injuring his shoulder on a hard hit from Suter late in the 1-0 win over the Wild.

• The Wild have now lost five of their last seven, and defenseman Clayton Stoner is getting used to wearing the goat horns.

• But hey, maybe Stoner's recent run is actually quite "successful" in Minnesota terms. Yesterday the Wild announced that Dany Heatley would have shoulder surgery to speed up his return to the lineup. Well, he had the surgery. It was deemed successful. And Heatley will miss the rest of the season. Guess the Minnesota Vikings are pretty successful too, eh?

Derek Roy looks like a good fit in Vancouver which is cool and all...but man, you really need to watch the video on top of this story!

• The vision in Marc Staal's right eye continues to improve, but it was his quick twirl around the ice prior to practice that has the Rangers hopeful about his potential return this season.

• Watch Joel Quenneville take a puck in the head and laugh it off.

• Are the Edmonton Oilers actually improving? The numbers seem to say so.

• Cam Neely has some thoughts on new Bruin Carl Soderberg and the health of Patrice Bergeron.

• Claude Julien says the struggling Bruins are tired, and 29 other teams say, "Hi!"

• An expired arena lease could mean the end of the AHL's 19-year run in Houston.

• Could the AHL be coming to oil-rich Fort McMuray, Alberta, in the near future?

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