Top Line: Bruins crash Toronto's party, Marc Staal returns, more links
By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Leafs Nation did its part last night. The Leafs? Not so much.
• It's not often that the goalie is the story in a win as decisive as Boston's, but Tuukka Rask and his 46 saves carried the day for the Bruins.
• The key to winning a close game for the Rangers? Shutting down Alex Ovechkin. AO threw 11 shots at New York's net, but only two found the target. That's how you minimize the damage.
• Handing a last-minute advantage to the league's top power play unit is a lousy lead preservation strategy. Fortunately for the Blueshirts, the Capitals spent the final minute being cute instead of putting the puck on the net.
• Mitch Albom (yep, he still writes about sports) explains how Detroit's rookies were the unlikely heroes in the Wings' Game 4 win.
• Of course, argues Drew Sharp, the game doesn't get to OT without the heroics of goaltender Jimmy Howard.
• Rob Pizzo offers up his interpretation of hockey's playoff cliches.
• The Blues still have home-ice advantage, but they threw away an opportunity to put the Kings behind the eight ball.
• Jim Matheson talks a potential Shea Weber trade, the buzz on a couple of rising prospects, and Russia's ham-fisted handling of its World Championships roster.
• Matty also offers up some hot trade speculation.
• Could New Jersey's David Clarkson be a free agent target of the Flyers? Maybe if he was a defenseman. • I guess you could say that Winnipeg first-rounder Mark Scheifele had a big night for himself in the OHL final last night.